It's like a horror movie in which the killer is Barney the Dinosaur.

For whatever reason, the Tigers continue to turn into kittens against the type of pitchers you'd think they'd absolutely maul: soft-tossing left-handers.

This time, it was Giants veteran Barry Zito.

But really, we might as well have been watching old Bruce Chen reruns.

So, what gives?

"Well, you know, they mix the speeds up well," Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson said. "And in tough situations, that fastball that doesn't really blow the gun away seems a lot harder than it is.

"With two strikes, it gets sneaky."

Zito doesn't really crack 86 mph anymore, but he's learned how to utilize what he has.

And he had the Tigers off-balance most of the night, until he started to leak oil in the sixth inning. After three hits and a run that inning, Zito's night was complete.

But his postseason legend might not be.

That's his second gem in a row this postseason — and for Giants fans, it's better late than never for a guy who's not lived up to half the $126 million contract he signed before the 2007 season.

"There's no secrets, really, about Zito," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He does it very well. He stays out of the middle (of the plate) very well."

And he changes speeds and mixes pitches — throwing his curveball, change-up and "fast"ball in any count, and typically for strikes.

Like with Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who has a vast repertoire, it's tough to sit on anything.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121025/SPORTS0104/210250401#ixzz2AJlU193Z