SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Zito has pitched in 343 Major League games, but Saturday's outing differed from most.
The Giants' 2-1 comeback victory over Los Angeles, furnished by Pat Burrell's eighth-inning home run, excited Zito so much that he refused to linger in the clubhouse, as starting pitchers typically do once they leave the game. Zito, who was lounging in his baseball underwear after pitching seven strong innings, tugged his jersey and uniform pants back on and rejoined his teammates in the dugout.
"I wanted to be a part of it," Zito said. "That's how it is now. We're a team. You just want to be out here for the energy."
Zito has thrived in four starts this season against the Dodgers, posting a 1.95 ERA. But his record is 0-1 in those games due to a lack of run support. It just so happens that Zito has opposed Chad Billingsley, Los Angeles' formidable right-hander, in three of his appearances.
"We're not usually going to beat up their starters, because they have a good staff as well, so you just have to be good," Zito said. "You kind of know that going in."