That will change Tuesday when Zito makes his first start in one of his favorite stadiums as San Francisco takes on the Angels in the second game of an Interleague series between the two clubs after the Giants won, 5-3, on Monday.
"It's a great place to play," Zito said. "I don't really know how it is to pitch here, but it's just a great place to play. It's definitely in my top-three stadiums. I'm excited to be here."
Zito was roughed up in his last start, giving up five runs in five innings on five hits and three walks. He walked the bases loaded in the third inning of the game against the Astros before J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam.
"He got away from it in that one inning and said he looks back and was trying to make the perfect pitch," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I see it all the time: You walk three guys and you feel like you got to throw a strike. And to the wrong guy he gave in, and he hit a grand slam. You see guys, when they walk guys, are probably going to be a little wild in the strike zone, too."
Opposing Zito will be C.J. Wilson for the Angels. The lefty has been nearly untouchable and has allowed one or zero earned runs in his last six starts. During that time he is 3-1 with a 0.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts.
Last time out, Wilson allowed one run in seven innings, striking out three and allowing just four hits and five walks. On the season, Wilson is 7-4 with a 2.30 ERA.
Giants: Bochy shuffling up DH spot
The last time San Francisco played an away Interleague series, Bochy used three different designated hitters. He decided to use the same approach against the Angels.
Pablo Sandoval got the nod for Game 1 of the series, and he went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run. Catcher Buster Posey is slated to get the start at DH on Tuesday, and outfielder Melky Cabrera will play there Wednesday.
Posey was 1-for-5 in Monday's opener while Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a run.
Angels: Club options Conger to gain experience
The Halos elected to option catcher Hank Conger back to the Minors on Monday with the return of catcher Bobby Wilson, who had been out since June 4 with a concussion.
The Angels believe Conger can be an everyday catcher, but his defensive consistency still needs to improve. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that while Conger has shown potential, he still needs more experience before playing a regular role in the Major Leagues.
"I think the bottom line is Hank's upside is very important to us in the organization, and right now, he needs to be playing every day to reach that upside," Scioscia said. "And I think at some point, he'll be better prepared for the opportunity to come up here and not only contribute, but the opportunity to come up here and win a job and get out there and catch every day."
Wilson went 0-for-2 in Monday's game with an RBI.
Giants pitcher Matt Cain was named the National League Player of the Week after becoming the 22nd pitcher to complete a perfect game.
Angels pitcher Jerome Williams, who started Monday's game, went to the hospital after pitching 3 1/3 innings due to shortness of breath. He was slated to stay overnight for tests.