03/15/09 9:16 PM ET
Zito lacks rhythm vs. Kansas City
Giants lefty says struggles a result of overly fast delivery
By Michael Schwartz / Special to MLB.com
While Sunday afternoon's rough outing would normally be just another step in his preparation for the season, he pitched in a contest attended by Giants investors that also just happened to be the first of two Spring Training telecasts on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Just don't expect Zito to care if this rough outing gets magnified on the home front.
"Honestly, you want to produce results and you want to come out and make a statement, and that's something that didn't go on today," Zito said. "I learned last year to not put too much stock into what else goes on outside the clubhouse and just to stay with my routine."
Zito yielded six runs on 10 hits in five innings, while walking three without a strikeout and serving up a pair of long balls.
He attributed his struggles to getting too fast in his delivery, which led to location issues.
"It's not automatically there right now, where sometimes you slip out of it and then you fall right back into it," Zito said of his rhythm. "I think here you have to produce it and really get that feel for it again, and when you have some repetition under your belt, then it's something you can fall back into if you go out there for an inning and you lose your rhythm."
On the injury front, left fielder Fred Lewis' surgically repaired right foot looked just fine as he flew around the bases on a fourth-inning triple before scoring San Francisco's first run of the game.
"Freddy can run," Bochy said. "He's fun to watch when he hits those triples, and he's feeling good. When he came in, he was a little bit behind with the conditioning part because he couldn't do a lot with that foot, but now he's caught up."
Bochy said Lewis would get Monday off and then start consecutive games Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time all spring.
Michael Schwartz is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.