Pirates complete sweep of GiantsAug 12, 2007 - 11:54 PM By Ryan Leong PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) - The Pittsburgh Pirates may have the worst record in the National League but that didn't stop them from sweeping another last-place team.
Josh Phelps was 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a two-run homer, and Tom Gorzelanny pitched a five-hit shutout as the Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon.
Gorzelanny (11-6) turned in the best outing of his young career, tossing his first complete-game shutout and becoming the first lefthander to win 11 games for the Pirates since Oliver Perez went 12-10 in 2004.
"I don't think you automatically think you're going to have a great day, you just go out there and pitch smart and keep the ball down," Gorzelanny said. "It feels good. It was a long time coming. It was a big game and I had flirted with (a complete game) a couple of other times and I was actually able to come through on it."
"You know Tommy Gorzelanny has obviously pitched some very good games for us this year but I think what I saw today was probably the best game he's pitched," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said.
Gorzelanny got stronger as the game went along. In the last five innings, he faced the minimum number of batters and retired the final 17 in a row.
"I knew I had to go out and make pitches and get guys swinging, and I think a big pitch I had was my changeup and I had guys way out in front of that and making guys get outs," Gorzelanny said. "I just felt confident that I could make some pitches and get guys to swing and get themselves out."
It was the first three-game win streak for the Pirates since reeling off four straight from July 3-7. Pittsburgh has beaten San Francisco six straight times and 11 of the last 13 games here.
The Giants have been an embarrassment on the field, having only Barry Bonds and his home run record as the only reason fans continue to flock to AT&T Park.
"I felt like going after him was going to be a good idea and I got him on a couple of breaking balls and he popped out," Gorzelanny said of his pitches to Bonds. "I was lucky to make some good pitches he was out in front on. I felt like getting him out myself was a key after he got that first hit the other way."
"Hopefully hitting the road here will be something we need right now," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the team's 2-5 homestand.
Barry Zito (8-11), signed to the highest contract for a pitcher (seven years, $126 million) in the offseason, had another mediocre outing. Zito pitched six innings, allowing six hits and three runs in taking the loss.
"He wants to do well here at home," Bochy said. "He wants to reciprocate a contract and sometimes that happens. It's not just Zito but a lot of players but I thought he a nice job of regrouping and we had a chance to win."
Zito actually pitched well considering he loaded the bases in the first inning, throwing 32 pitches, but got out of it unscathed.
"I was feeling pretty down in the first, walking three guys, but after that I got more comfortable making pitches," Zito said.
"I thought a better outing but a rough start there loading up the bases but regrouping," Bochy said. "Barry had better command today and pitched fairly well. He made a mistake late in the game for a home run but he kept the ball down better and his confidence really started growing as the game went and I think an outing he should feel good about and build on."
In the second, Pittsburgh's Jose Castillo doubled to right and scored on an RBI single by Cesar Izturis.
In the sixth, Jason Bay with a single to left and Phelps crushed a fastball from Zito and deposited it into the bleachers in left.
"I knew what to expect a little bit," said Phelps, who had faced Zito when both played in the American League. "He threw a lot of high fastballs early in the game. He got us to chase and I was able to handle one of those high fastballs and it's what I expected. I thought he'd probably throw a few more breaking balls but with Zito out there you've got to go and strap it on."
"Phelps jumped on a heater kind of in but up though ... not a terrible pitch, not a great pitch, but other than that they hit some good pitches for base hits but that was the difference in the game," Zito said. "The guy on the other side (Gorzelanny) was pretty good today so not a lot of room for error."
In the seventh, after singles by Izturis and Jose Bautista, Phelps tripled off the center field wall increasing the lead to 5-0.
"It's really nice when you have players like this (Phelps), when you're going to give a guy like Adam LaRoche a day off that can walk in there and handle the situation in the manner in which he did today," Tracy said. "He's been a very, very good addition to our ballclub, there's no question about it in whatever capacity it has been that we've asked him to do."
The Giants moved up the start time one hour because of a twi-night doubleheader on Monday in Pittsburgh to make up for consecutive rainouts in April.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 9 0
SAN FRANCISCO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 (FINAL)
BATTERIES: PIT - TOM GORZELANNY AND RONNY PAULINO
SFO - BARRY ZITO, VINNIE CHULK (7TH), JACK TASCHNER
(9TH) AND BENGIE MOLINA
HOME RUNS: PIT - JOSH PHELPS (2) OFF BARRY ZITO
Aug 12 5:23 PM
AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
TRIPLE BY JOSH PHELPS SCORED CESAR IZTURIS AND JOSE
SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PHELPS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
SAN FRANCISCO 0 TOP, 7TH
DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R DOUMIT (.280, 0-FOR-3)
Pirates vs. GiantsAug 12 4:48 PM
AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSH PHELPS (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
THE 6TH OFF BARRY ZITO SCORED JASON BAY.
CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, SAN FRANCISCO 0
DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R DOUMIT (.282, 0-FOR-2)
Pirates vs. GiantsAug 12 4:29 PM
AT SAN FRANCISCO - SCORING UPDATE
SINGLE BY CESAR IZTURIS SCORED JOSE CASTILLO.
SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C IZTURIS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
SAN FRANCISCO 0 TOP, 2ND
DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.259, 0-FOR-0, BB)
Pirates vs. GiantsAug 12 3:33 PM
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