Giants' Barry Zito ‘hit and miss’ in latest spring start 

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Barry Zito and Bronson Arroyo each left their starts thinking they have more work to do before the start of the season.

Some Giants youngsters had a good time all around.

Zito allowed a run while pitching 3¹?³ innings and Arroyo gave up one earned run in four, and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Wednesday.

Zito gave up five hits and struck out three for the Giants in an outing against the team the World Series champions rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat in a best-of-five NL Division Series.

“My first and last inning, my timing felt pretty good, but the middle innings, it was hit and miss. I’ve got work to do,” Zito said. “The extra week is good. It is better to get the fatigue up.”

Manager Bruce Bochy would like Zito to be a little more consistent.

“Zito was not quite as consistent with his command,” Bochy said.

The young Giants hitters broke the game open with six runs in the top of the eighth against Reds prospect Pedro Villarreal.

Ricky Oropesa, the Giants’ third pick in the 2011 draft, homered off Villarreal. Juan Perez followed with his first home run of the spring. Johnny Monnel, a left-handed hitting catcher, hit two doubles.

“Overall, our kids swung the bats good,” Bochy said. “Johnny has been hitting the ball since he got here. You want these guys to draw some attention to themselves.”

NOTE: Giants infielder Brett Pill will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss three weeks.

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