Good news, bad news.
Bad news: the G-men lost the final game of this three game series in Philadelphia, just missing out on another series sweep. While on pace for another quality start for the first six innings with just three runs allowed, starter Ryan Vogelsong (4-4, 4.52) saw things unravel in the seventh when the Phillies scored two times to take an insurmountable 5-3 lead.
Good news: the Giants won the series 2-1, and remained in second place, just one-half game behind the NL West-leading Dodgers who lost to the Cardinals again.
Vogey pitched well in this one until the seventh when he gave up a leadoff single to Freddy Galvis. Then the Phillies received a gift when Cameron Rupp’s ugly pop up bunt fell on the infield grass between three Giants for a single.
Vogelsong got a big double play ground ball however and it looked like he might get out of the inning. Unfortunately, Vogey walked the next batter forcing manager Bruce Bochy to make a change, bringing in Javier Lopez. “It was more a mental mistake, really,” Vogelsong said. “I was just trying to be too fine. The go-ahead run’s on third base and it might have cost me some of my aggressiveness.”
The Phillies countered with pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur and he lined a double down the third base line to drive in both runners. “(Lopez) threw a changeup that he yanked a little bit,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s baseball. It’s gonna happen.” Both runs were charged to Vogelsong who ended the day with a pitching line of 6 2/3 innings, five runs, seven hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.
The G-men men tallied 10 hits with four walks and had plenty of opportunities in this one. But they left 11 men on base and were just 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Overall, the Giants are ranked seventh in MLB when hitting with runners in scoring position, but it wasn’t meant to be on this day.
Joe Panik went 3 for 5 with a double and run scored, lifting his average to .316. Brandon Belt went 2 for 5, with an RBI and run scored, and is now batting .298. Pagan, Crawford, and Duffy also doubled.
The Giants enjoy an off day in New York City today, and will open a three game series tomorrow night against the Mets at Citi Field when Chris Heston (5-4, 4.29) opposes Noah Snydergaard (2-3, 3.77).
This San Mateo native and current New York-based writer is VERY excited to be attending the game on Thursday night, my first game in person this season. I’ll also get a chance tomorrow night to see two teams battling for their respective divisions at Yankee Stadium when the Nationals open a two game series against the Yankees.