Barry Zito still cruising, defense helping out

Barry Zito has held the Cardinals scoreless through five innings, dancing in and out of jams. He's probably been a little lucky, but that doesn't mean he isn't pitching well -- he has the Cardinals off-balance like no other Giants pitcher has this NLCS.

But he's needed a little help from his defense in the bottom of the fifth. With no one out, Pete Kozma blooped a ball down the right field line. Hunter Pence chased after it as if his thorax was on fire, and he caught it with one of his feelers.


THE EYES. DON'T LOOK AT THE EYES AND ... oh, too late. They'll come for you in the middle of the night now, you know.

The next batter was pinch-hitter Shane Robinson, who rapped a sharp grounder to Marco Scutaro, who made a great diving play to his left for the second out of the inning. Jon Jay grounded to third for the final out, and Zito is through five scoreless innings. He's thrown 69 pitches and walked only one.

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