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Huh!? Barry Zito did what??

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Prior to the season, if someone told you the first Giants pitcher to record a win in 2012 would be Barry Zito, you’d have laughed them right out of the room.

With Timmy, MadBum and Cain pitching the first three games, an 0-3 start seemed impossible.

But alas, that was the situation the Giants faced heading into Colorado. And to everyone’s surprise, Zeets stepped up with a masterful performance, tossing a complete game four-hitter for the Giants’ first win of the young season, a 7-0 drubbing of the Rockies.

Zito walked none and struck out four. He threw a whooping 113 pitches in his season debut.

I don’t think anybody saw this coming. There’s no way anyone could have predicted Zito would pitch such a gem in his first start of the season after the rough spring he had.

Mercury News beat writer Alex Pavlovic tweeted during the late stages of the game: “Zito is sitting all alone in the corner of the dugout. The way he threw this spring, this is pretty much like a no-hitter.”

Zito hadn’t thrown a complete game shutout in almost 10 years.

From the Official Giants Twitter Feed: “Shutout for Barry Zito! His 1st since April 18, 2003 vs. Texas. #SFGiants cruise to 7-0 win over #Rockies for 1st W of 2012.”

This doesn’t mean Zito will pitch well all season. Heck, he could lay a three-inning egg in his next start against Pittsburgh on Saturday. But it sure was fun to watch.

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