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Athletics give rude welcome to Zito, roll past Giants

May 19, 2007 - 7:10 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Barry Zito's return to McAfee Coliseum and Barry Bonds' pursuit of the all-time home run record meant absolutely nothing to Chad Gaudin and the Oakland Athletics.

Gaudin tossed six solid innings and Dan Johnson homered, drove in two runs and scored four times as the Athletics took advantage of Zito's control problems en route to a 15-3 triumph over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of their interleague series Friday.

Emerging as one of the top pitchers in baseball during his seven-year career with Oakland, Zito moved across the Bay this past winter, signing a seven-year, $126 million contract with San Francisco. The 2002 American League Cy Young Award winner has failed to live up to the deal over his first eight starts this season, going 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA.

In his first outing against his former team, Zito (3-5) was anything but effective. The lefthander came up with his shortest performance of the campaign, lasting just four-plus innings in losing his second straight start.

"I was just missing tonight," Zito said. "I walked four guys in the first. Those guys were taking a lot of pitches, good pitches just off the plate, just out of the zone. You've got to hand it to them, their approach showed through tonight."

After retiring the first batter he faced, Zito's night went completely downhill. Nick Swisher began the ugly first inning with a single before Zito walked the next three batters, forcing in the game's initial run.

"The first thing I noticed about him was the black shoes," Swisher said. "That was the biggest difference for me. He's a friend of mine, and he'll be a friend of mine after this. When you're facing him though, it's all about trying to get to him, and I know he was trying to do the same to us."

Bobby Crosby made it 2-0 with an infield single and Mark Ellis drew the fourth walk of the frame to plate Johnson. Zito avoided further damage by getting rookie Travis Buck to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"He was just off with his command," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The walks, it was obvious that they would come back to hurt him, hurt us. This is just one of those games that we have to wash off. There's no getting around this, we were awful tonight. We had an off-night, and that's what it was."

Zito retired the side in order in the second but ran into more trouble in the third. Eric Chavez opened the inning with a single and Johnson belted a first-pitch homer to center field, giving the Athletics a 5-1 bulge.

"It was a huge win for us," Johnson said. "We had a lot of lefties in the lineup and we were facing Barry Zito, one of the best lefthanded pitchers in the game. We were able to jump out in front early, get some momentum and keep it going from there."

The duo caused more problems in the fifth as Chavez drew a leadoff walk and Johnson singled, ending the evening for Zito. Vinnie Chulk came on and surrendered an RBI single to Jack Cust and a run-scoring groundout by Crosby as Oakland stretched the advantage to 7-1.

A three-time All-Star, Zito was tagged for seven runs and six hits, striking out two while issuing a season-high seven walks, which matches the total issued in his previous three starts combined.

"For me, it was kind of strange," Zito said of facing the Athletics. "I don't know if my emotions played into it, but it was different for me to run out there from the other side of the mound tonight and face guys that you never faced because they were on your team."

"It was really cool facing him," Oakland's Mark Ellis said. "Barry is a great competitor, and the best thing I could say about him is that he is the most reliable teammate I've ever had. It was really neat to face him tonight and compete against him."

Conversely, Gaudin (3-1) helped Oakland erase the memories of a disappointing four-game series against lowly Kansas City in which it lost three times. The righthander limited the Giants to just two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out two while walking a pair.

"I was a little erratic with my fastball, but I made some good pitches when I needed to," Gaudin said. "Our offense was unbelievable tonight, though. That always makes it easier to pitch when you get support like that."

Just 10 homers away from tying Hank Aaron's all-time mark of 755, Bonds went 2-for-3 with a walk. He struck out against Gaudin in the second inning before singling in both the third and sixth vs. the 24-year-old.

The Athletics continued their onslaught against the Giants' bullpen as Swisher hit a two-run double in the sixth off Chulk and Buck belted a solo homer off Jonathan Sanchez in the seventh. Oakland erupted for five runs in the eighth, as Ellis highlighted the frame with his second career grand slam off lefthander Steve Kline, who was ejected immediately thereafter for arguing balls and strikes.

"A lot of it was just frustration," said Bochy, who also was tossed. "(Kline) made a pretty good pitch there and didn't get the call, and then they get a grand slam. You get to the boiling point, and that's where Kline was. It was a frustrating night."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 10 0
    OAKLAND 3 0 2 0 2 2 1 5 x 15 14 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SFO - BARRY ZITO, VINNIE CHULK (5TH), JONATHAN SANCHEZ (6TH), STEVE
    KLINE (8TH), JACK TASCHNER (8TH) AND BENGIE MOLINA, ELIEZER
    ALFONZO (7TH)
    OAK - CHAD GAUDIN, JA

    May 19 1:23 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED TRAVIS BUCK.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, H BOCACHICA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3
    OAKLAND 15 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D JOHNSON (.370, 2-FOR-2, 3 BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 19 1:15 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY MARK ELLIS (3) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE 8TH
    OFF STEVE KLINE SCORED DAN JOHNSON, JACK CUST AND BOBBY CROSBY.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3, OAKLAND 14
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: T BUCK (.231, 2-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 19 1:01 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TRAVIS BUCK (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF JONATHAN SANCHEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3, OAKLAND 10
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J KENDALL (.191, 1-FOR-3)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 19 12:30 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RANDY WINN SCORED DANIEL ORTMEIER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R WINN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 3
    OAKLAND 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: K FRANDSEN (.391, 1-FOR-3)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 19 12:19 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED JASON KENDALL AND SHANNON
    STEWART.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    OAKLAND 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E CHAVEZ (.256, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 19 12:01 AM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BENGIE MOLINA SCORED FRED LEWIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B MOLINA ON FIRST, B BONDS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 2
    OAKLAND 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: P FELIZ (.250, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 11:50 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BOBBY CROSBY SCORED DAN JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CUST ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    OAKLAND 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.256, 0-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 11:36 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK CUST SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON FIRST, D JOHNSON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    OAKLAND 6 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.259, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 11:35 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAN JOHNSON (5) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF BARRY ZITO SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1, OAKLAND 5
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.270, 0-FOR-0, BB, RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 10:59 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY OMAR VIZQUEL SCORED RYAN KLESKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FELIZ ON FIRST, B MOLINA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 1
    OAKLAND 3 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN FRANCISCO: D ORTMEIER (.286, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 10:40 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO MARK ELLIS SCORED DAN JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M ELLIS ON FIRST, B CROSBY ON SECOND, J CUST
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    OAKLAND 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: T BUCK (.218, 3 HR, 13 RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 10:26 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BOBBY CROSBY SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B CROSBY ON FIRST, J CUST ON SECOND, D
    JOHNSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    OAKLAND 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.258, 2 HR, 18 RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 10:24 PM


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    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JACK CUST SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON FIRST, D JOHNSON ON SECOND, E
    CHAVEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN FRANCISCO 0
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.255, 5 HR, 17 RBI)

    Giants vs. AthleticsMay 18 10:22 PM