"It's time to make some strides physically," said Zito, who turned 30 this year. Giants closer Brian Wilson, a noted workout-aholic, will spend the offseason at Zito's Los Angeles home. Guess who'll push Zito to run that extra half-mile and press through that extra pushup?"He's definitely going to motivate me," said Zito, who's destined to spend his Giants career under scrutiny after signing his seven-year, $126 million deal. Zito also plans to exercise mentally. He wants to preserve the groove he found late this season by writing about it in his journal, which he has kept since he was 18.
"More of a feeling than a thought" was how he described his entries. He said that he'll "focus on that the whole offseason, the feeling that I have had out there."Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (10-8) feels good as long as he's facing the Giants. He won his third consecutive start against them, blanking them on three hits through seven innings. "We can't figure him out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. De La Rosa's second inning was especially puzzling. After Bengie Molina singled leading off, De La Rosa threw three successive pitches that went for a passed ball, flew to the backstop for a wild pitch and eluded catcher Chris Iannetta for another apparent wild pitch. But Iannetta quickly corralled the ball and threw out Molina at home. Molina also doubled with one out in the fourth inning, marking the only other time that the Giants advanced a runner into scoring position against De La Rosa. Shortstop Ivan Ochoa's two-base error helped Colorado notch a first-inning unearned run off Zito, who also yielded a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning to De La Rosa, a .132 hitter at the time. Clint Barmes homered to christen the seventh inning, widening the Rockies' lead to 3-0. The Giants scored in the eighth as Nate Schierholtz, who has doubled for each of his last five hits, delivered No. 5 leading off against reliever Manuel Corpas. One out later, pinch-hitter John Bowker lashed an RBI single off Corpas' glove. The Giants put two runners aboard with one out in the ninth, but Rockies closer Brian Fuentes struck out Aaron Rowand and retired pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval on a soft poke to first base to seal his 30th save.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.