Giants 4, Pirates 0
Ryan Vogelsong has felt so good lately that it reminds him of
his successful run over the previous two seasons. He just wants to
keep building on that feeling.
Vogelsong threw eight sharp innings for his first victory in
three months, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh
Pirates 4-0 on Sunday.
”I thought I was settling in over my last four innings against
the Red Sox and I just stayed with what’s working,” said
Vogelsong, who pitched seven solid innings in a no-decision against
Boston on Tuesday. ”I didn’t throw the ball well before I got hurt
and wasn’t finding anything comfortable. The goal is to finish
strong and I feel like I’m on the way to that.”
Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs as the Giants won their second
straight to split the series with the Pirates. Buster Posey and
Joaquin Arias each drove in a run.
”It was exciting to drive in those runs,” Sandoval said. ”The
team needs wins. I lost 20 pounds and I’m moving around better
Vogelsong (3-4) allowed two hits, struck out five and walked one
in his first win since May 20 against Washington. He had been
sidelined by a broken pinkie finger on his right hand.
The right-hander used his longest outing of the season to lower
his ERA to 2.55 in four starts since coming off the disabled list
on Aug. 9.
”That’s one of the best pitched games we’ve had,” Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said. ”It was fun to watch. He put on a show
on the art of pitching. He was comfortable throwing any pitch at
A.J. Burnett (6-9) pitched 7 1-3 innings for Pittsburgh, giving
up four runs and eight hits. He fell to 2-3 in 10 starts since
returning from the DL.
Sandy Rosario finished the three-hitter for San Francisco’s 11th
shutout. The Pirates, who are tied with St. Louis for the NL
Central lead, have been shut out nine times this season.
Vogelsong, who recorded his first decision since coming off the
disabled list, faced just two over the minimum, retiring eight of
the final nine batters he faced.
”It just seemed whatever we were looking for, something else
came out of his hand,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ”We
just didn’t square him up a whole lot throughout the game. We just
had a couple of opportunities. We weren’t able to adjust or
complicate things for him.”
Burnett was nearly as good until running into trouble late. He
retired six straight after Posey’s RBI single and then retired six
straight again before Posey’s single in the eighth.
The Giants scored their first run in the third. After two outs,
Gregor Blanco walked and Brandon Crawford singled ahead of Posey’s
The Pirates had two runners reach as far as second against
Vogelsong, and just once with less than two outs.
A double play started by Posey in the sixth prevented another
runner from moving up. After Jordy Mercer was hit by a pitch, the
reigning MVP pounced out of the box to grab Burnett’s bunt and
start a double play.
”You anticipate a bunt there and I felt like it was close
enough that I had a shot,” Posey said. ”At that point it’s all or
nothing. There can’t be any hesitation.”
Vogelsong said the play changed the inning.
”You’re just hoping to get the one out at second,” he said.
”Getting two outs was a big play.”
Posey also threw out a runner trying to steal.
The Giants put the game away with three more runs in the
Posey and Hunter Pence singled around an infield groundout and
Sandoval drilled a triple into the deepest part of the ballpark.
Arias added an RBI double against Tony Watson.
NOTES: Giants RHP Matt Cain will join LHP Jeremy Affeldt in
Arizona to continue rehabbing. Cain is expected to begin throwing
again this week while Affeldt will throw a bullpen session on
Monday. … LHP Barry Zito (4-9, 5.63 ERA) will start for the
Giants on Monday night at Colorado. He’s 0-3 with an 11.20 ERA in
his last four starts. … LHP Jeff Locke (9-4, 3.01 ERA) gets the
start for the Pirates when they begin a series against Milwaukee on
Tuesday night. He’s 1-2 in seven starts since the All-Star break.
… Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen has hit safely in 10 of his last 11
games against the Giants. … Posey collected RBIs in back-to-back
games for the first time since July 19-20. … The Pirates are
5-0-2 in series of at least four games. … The Giants finished
11-23 against the NL Central, the second-worst record of any NL
team against that division.