After last week’s quality start against the Dodgers in San Francisco, there was hope that Ryan Vogelsong was finally putting things together, returning to the form that motivated the Giants to sign him to a new contract in the off-season. However, after three homers allowed in the first inning, and a fourth after three innings, it’s apparent that Vogey isn’t there yet.
To say that Vogelsong has struggled with giving up the long ball thus far this season would be an understatement. Over his last two starts (both against the Dodgers), he’s given up six homeruns. And for the season, he’s already given up 8 homers in just 19 1/3 innings. So will Vogey remain in the starting rotation? “Right now, we need him,” manager Bruce Bochy shared after the game. “We’ll talk as always, but it’s tough when you have two other starters (Jake Peavy and Matt Cain) on the disabled list.”
At the beginning of this abbreviated road trip, the Giants were feeling pretty good about their starting pitching, despite the injuries. However, after a 2-3 trip that saw Giants’ starters post a 6.59 ERA (despite MadBum’s masterpiece Tuesday night), there’s suddenly reason for concern.
And the Giants wasted an opportunity to finally beat Zach Greinke, who was not his usual, dominant self. Greinke came into the game with a 1.99 ERA against the Giants. In this one, he was hit hard, giving up seven hits (including four extra base hits), two walks and three earned runs over six innings. His defense bailed him out on multiple occasions or his line would have been much worse, and this game could have resulted in a different outcome.
Offensively, the Giants were led by Brandon Crawford, 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, a walk, and a run scored. Brandon Belt went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI.
For the season, the G-men are now at 9-13, 4 1/2 games back of Los Angeles. With an off day today, the Giants look forward to returning home and kicking off a 10 game homestand, starting with a three game set against the Los Angeles Angels tomorrow night. Rookie pitcher Chris Heston will look to get back on the winning track, after his first tough start last outing. Statistically, Heston has been the most outstanding Giants starter this season, sporting a 2-2 record and 2.77 ERA. He’ll match up against C.J. Wilson, who brings a 1-2 record and 3.12 ERA into the game. Overall, the Angels are 11-11, currently in second place in the AL West. This would be a great time to start a 10 game winning streak. And the rallying cry continues, “beat L.A.!”