ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- Barry Zito and his curveball kept the Giants alive in Game 5 and sent the NLCS back to San Francisco after an excellent outing.
The Cardinals were unable to muster any solid scoring opportunities except for a bases loaded jam that Zito was able to get out of the second inning.
Zito, a Cy Young winner in 2002, hurled 7.2 shutout innings while allowing six hits and one walk. It was an impressive start for a pitcher who last pitched nine days prior, a no-decision against the Reds in which he had issues with control.
He was in total control of the Cardinals on Friday night while throwing 73 of 115 pitches for strikes.