Giants pondering shakeup for Zito
Lefty could skip start or go to bullpen after struggles continue
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito stood in front of his locker and addressed the media with an apology for another terrible performance.The apology came after the Reds put together a six-run first inning on their way to 10-1 victory over the Giants in front of 39,050 disgruntled fans at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. Zito managed just three innings in the outing and was summoned to manager Bruce Bochy's office after the game. "Obviously, I'm hurting the team right now," Zito said. "I just have to keep grinding and fighting. For me this is an opportunity to stick it out and toe the line." Bochy called his pitcher into his office after the game to notify him that he may be sent to the bullpen or have his next start skipped. "We can't keep doing what we are doing. We need to get together and get a game plan on what we think is best," Bochy said. "I'm sure there's a lot on his mind. He's got a lot of pride and he's taking this harder than anybody." Zito never got a grip on his latest outing, walking the first batter of the game and then allowing a single and another walk to load the bases. Then the defense couldn't come up with a big play for him, allowing a blooper off the bat of Brandon Phillips to drop in short right field. "We haven't really jumped anybody like that in a long time early in the game. That's what we've been trying to do, especially on the road," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "Zito helped us some. He wasn't sharp or [the] Zito that I've seen many times. You've got to take advantage of that." The bloop single, which dropped in front of Randy Winn and right over the outstretched arm of Eugenio Velez, opened the door for the Reds' six-run first inning. According to Winn, that play changed the complexion of the game. "I have to absolutely come up with that ball," Winn said. "We've been kind of sloppy on defense behind Zito and that play changed the complexion of the game. When a guy is struggling, you have to pick him up." One batter later, the defense failed to pick up Zito again. This time it was on a single to right-center field, which was booted by Winn, allowing two more runs to score.
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Jayson Addcox is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.