Zito to Represent the Trojans in the World Series, Named Giants' Game 1 Starter

    Barry Zito

    Oct. 23, 2012

    LOS ANGELES - Lefthanded pitcher Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants will Represent the Trojans in the 2012 MLB World Series against the Detroit Tigers, with the series starting on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Zito has been chosen as the Game 1 starter and will be opposed by the Tigers' ace Justin Verlander.

    The Giants are making their second World Series appearance in three years, in part to an excellent outing from Zito in an elimination game five of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the game last Thursday (Oct. 18) in St. Louis, Zito threw 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, striking out six and only walking one. He also helped his cause by laying down a perfect drag bunt to drive in a run as the Giants defeated the Cardinals, 5-0, to stay alive and send the series back to San Francisco.

    So far in the 2012 postseason, Zito has made two starts, collecting a 1-0 record with a 1.74 ERA. In a total of 10.1 innings pitched, he has struck out 10 and allowed just two earned runs.

    This year marks Zito's sixth career postseason appearance. The previous five appearances all came with the Oakland A's in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006. Overall he holds a postseason record of 6-3 with a 2.96 ERA through 54.2 innings pitched. This will be his first career World Series appearance.

    Through the regular season, Zito made 32 appearances and was 15-8 with a 4.15 ERA through 184.1 inning s pitched. He also tallied 114 strikeouts.

    Two other Trojans appeared in the 2012 postseason, as pitchers Tommy Milone and Ryan Cook threw for the Oakland A's in the American League Division Series.

    As a Trojan in 1999, Zito appeared in 17 games, talling a record of 12-3 and striking out 154 through 112.2 innings of work.