Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, things continue to go
well for the San Francisco Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong
The same can’t be said for the Detroit Tigers’ Rick
Vogelsong takes the mound for surging San Francisco as it tries
for an eighth straight interleague victory and a three-game sweep
of Detroit on Sunday at Comerica Park.
Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford and Miguel Tejada each homered
as the NL West-leading Giants (48-36) recorded their highest run
total of the season, defeating Detroit 15-3 on Saturday night after
a lengthy rain delay.
San Francisco has outscored opponents 34-12 during its
seven-game winning streak versus AL opponents, a run during which
its starters are 5-0 with a minuscule 1.17 ERA.
Vogelsong (6-1, 2.09 ERA) started that stretch by limiting
Minnesota to one run and four hits in seven innings of a 5-1
victory June 22 and will now look to extend it.
Vogelsong, whose one loss is tied for the fewest in the majors
among pitchers with at least 70 innings, finds himself on the verge
of a career-best seventh victory after defeating the Cubs 13-7 on
The right-hander, however, struggled during that outing,
allowing a season-worst six runs – three earned – and four walks
over five innings. He also surrendered two home runs – matching the
total from his previous nine games.
“I never really got comfortable all day,” he told the Giants’
official website. “Rhythm-wise, tempo-wise, sometimes I was too
quick, sometimes I was too slow. I just never really got a
comfortable pace going.”
While Vogelsong might not be pleased with his latest result, his
disappointment likely doesn’t compare to that of Porcello’s, as the
22-year-old was hit hard for a third consecutive game.
Porcello (6-6, 5.06) was tagged for seven runs and a season-high
11 hits in 3 2-3 innings of a 14-3 loss to the New York Mets on
Tuesday. He has allowed 18 earned runs and 28 hits over his past
three starts spanning 11 1-3 innings.
“I feel like it’s just a matter of pitch-making, leaving balls
up, making some mistakes to some guys,” he told the Tigers’
Porcello was sent to the minors to work on his mechanics
following a similar rough patch last season, but Detroit (44-40),
which has relinquished first place in the AL Central after losing
four of five, has no plans to send the right-hander down again.
“A year ago, I felt lost. That was then,” Porcello added. “Right
now, it’s a bump in the road, there’s no doubt about that. But I
mean, I don’t have time to sit here and be worried about it. I have
to figure it out and fix it.
“We’re trying to win a division. I can’t go out there and have
performances like that, especially (three) games in a row.”
Porcello went 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA in his first seven career
starts against the NL before recently struggling in interleague
play. He has never faced San Francisco.
The Giants will try to slow down Jhonny Peralta, who extended
his hitting streak to 10 games with his 14th homer Saturday.
Peralta, batting .385 with three home runs during his run, has hit
safely in 18 of 19 interleague games dating to last year.
Four time All-Star Victor Martinez is listed as day-to-day with
a bruised right shoulder after he was hit by a foul tip and forced
from Saturday’s game. His status for this one is unknown.