MILWAUKEE -- If you have a ticket to the San Francisco Giants' home opener today and think you'd rather stay home to water the plants, Barry Zito has a plea for you.
"Just stick with us," said Zito, who took the loss in a 7-0 skunking to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. "We're a week into a very long season. I think there's a lot of positive things that can happen this year. We didn't give (fans) a flashy start, but we're a little banged up. When we're at full strength, there's a reason to watch and to be excited."
So far, the viewing hasn't been pretty. The Giants flailed away at Brewers ace Ben Sheets, who overmatched them with his breaking ball while firing a five-hitter for his second career shutout.
The defeat left the Giants 1-5 on a season-opening trip. The Giants hit .221, averaged two runs per game and still haven't scored in the first four innings. And they looked like Pony Leaguers against Sheets, who came out blazing as he struck out the side in the first inning. It was his first shutout since May 29, 2001.
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"I don't know who Sheets wouldn't have shut out today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That kind of stuff shuts out anybody."
For the trip, the Giants scored only two runs in 27 innings while their starting pitchers were in the game. Zito (0-2) allowed three earned runs in five innings. Gabe Kapler and Ryan Braun hit solo home runs off him in the fifth.