TEMPE, Ariz. -- Barry Zito encountered the usual first-outing rustiness in his Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels, though he began his 1 2/3-inning outing admirably.
Zito entered the game in the fourth inning and retired Mike Trout, last year's phenomenal rookie, on a fly to right field. The Giants left-hander blanked the Angels in the fourth and was removed in the fifth, having exhausted his pitch limit, with two on and two outs. Zito ultimately was charged with two runs as Chad Gaudin, his replacement, issued two walks to force in a run and threw a wild pitch that scored another.
Zito admitted that his performance was erratic.
"I was kind of a little in and out," he said. "I'd lock in for a few pitches, lose a little focus, get it back. But I didn't have too many bad misses today. I was pretty much around where I wanted to throw the ball. I'm just trying to get the feel of my pitches right now."
Delving into details, Zito felt that he threw some good curveballs and changeups but noted that he'll need time to make his cutter move the way he wants.
"It just makes the fastball that much better," Zito said. "You throw a cutter and a fastball, one after the other, it makes it difficult for hitters to square it up."