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Saturday 23rd Sep 2017

In a match-up of Cy Young aces, I watched Barry Zito and his Giants too vs. the White Sox and Jake Peavy at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Zito prevailed with the World Champions, 4-2, as the left-hander was on, baffling the Pale Hose with just 50 pitches--33 for strikes--over five shutout innings. Peavy also pitched well, going 3.2 innings, holding the Giants to zero base runners till Aubrey Huff smacked a solo blast on a 1-2 count in the third. Buster Posey followed with a walk, and that was the end of Peavy's work for the afternoon.

Huff also contributed a fifth inning single of Jeff Gray, plating a run in an inning that put the game away. DH Mark DeRosa started the frame with a single, and pinch runner Gary Brown not only stole second, but took third on an AJ Pierzynski throw to nowhere (neither middle infielder covered the throw). Andres Torres then doubled, Huff followed with his hit, and then Buster Posey completed the assault with another hit, plating Dan Ford who ran for Huff.

The White Sox were held in check till the bottom of the ninth, when Adam Dunn crushed a first pitch from Jeff Suppan to the deepest part of right (not a player on the field moved at the crack of the bat), and then Stefan Gartrell followed suit with another blast, also to right, but that was it for Chicago scoring for the afternoon.

Suppan did hurl three solid innings to earn the save, and Zito's strong performance lowered his ERA from 5.79, at the game's start, to 2.79 when his work was completed.  Brian Wilson also made his second spring appearance, striking out a pair and allowing two singles with a walk during a scoreless sixth.

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