Should the San Francisco Giants go on to win the NLCS with Games 6 and 7 at home after facing a 3-1 series deficit, Friday night’s Game 5 will most assuredly be known as the storied do-or-die Barry Zito game, or #RallyZito. The frequently embattled starter was purely sensational, going 7-2/3 shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out six while walking just one batter. He also laid down a brilliant bunt that drove in a run. Safe to say, his night could not have gone any better unless he had been privy to a dizzying lap dance in the dugout. For a guy who was left off the playoff roster for San Francisco’s thrilling championship run in 2010, this outing has to go down as the signature moment of Zito’s career. Yes, he signed a ridiculous, seemingly never-ending contract back in December of 2006, but it’s hard not to feel happy for the guy.
Zito was not alone on this night though, as Hunter Pence came to the rescue in the fifth inning to assist with Barry’s bold cause, making an absurd catch with the assistance of his non-glove hand. The grab was good enough to note on its own, but to top things off, the rumored serial killer flashed a stare that went directly through the world’s soul upon learning the ball was safely retrieved. Or perhaps he recently saw Awakenings? Nonetheless, a harrowing moment for sure.
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