Rough inning

Sometimes my powers for writing something just as the exact opposite happens is amazing. Perhaps I should write that I won’t win the next big lottery.

Anyway, Barry Zito’s fourth inning was not nearly as good as his first three. The Padres scored twice, aided in large part by a butcher job by third baseman Pedro Feliz on a potential double-play grounder by Khalil Greene. But Zito didn’t help himself, either, walking Mike Cameron to start the inning and issuing a free pass to Jose Cruz Jr., with the bases loaded.

In all, he threw 37 pitches in the fourth, five more than it took for him to get through the first three. Those familiar with the A’s have seen that before.