Vogelsong, Defense Best The Dodgers In A True Laugher

Ryan Vogelsong began the game with two perfect innings, before two batters reached in the third via a walk and an error. That error proved to be costly as Miguel Tejada was taken out of the game because a lower abdominal strain. Brandon Crawford took Tejada’s place in the lineup and no later than one inning after entering the game, he turned a double play that prevented the Dodgers from scoring a run.

The offense was quiet for the first three innings, showing no life and stranding runners in scoring position. However, Pablo Sandoval broke the nil-nil tie in the fourth with a beautiful home run to right center field. Following that sample flash of what could be an offense, a two-out single by Cody Ross was left stranded on base.

Though not as sharp as most would hope, Vogelsong battled through the baserunners and pitching from the stretch to get the outs. The Houdini act Vogelsong pulled can also be attributed to the infield defense, turning key double plays to get out of jams.

In the bottom of the sixth, the offense started to look like a competent offense once again. Mike Fontenot led the inning off with an infield single, followed by a Sandoval single that moved Fontenot to third. With the Dodgers hoping to turn this inning into their own Houdini act, Nate Schierholtz silenced those hopes with a base hit through the middle of the infield to score Fontenot.

Aubrey Huff, sadly, struck out after Schierholtz’s RBI hit, but then, a double to right center field by Cody Ross! Sandoval and Schierholtz score to give the Giants the 4-0 advantage! The Giants broke the game open with another RBI base hit (this time by Crawford) to drive Chad Billingsley out of the game and bring the lead to 5-0.

The seventh would prove to be the inning where Vogelsong threw his last pitch of the game. With two out and (shockingly enough) Juan Uribe at first after a single, Jamey Carroll hit a ground-rule double to put runners in scoring position. The 6 2/3 innings pitched was enough for Vogelsong to qualify for the ERA league leaders, with it sitting right at 2.02. What a pretty number it is.

Jeremy Affeldt entered in relief and walked the first batter he faced. There’s that air of negativity that comes in the form of seeing runners score, but alas, they would not. A ground ball to Sandoval ended the inning and closed Vogelsong’s pitching line for the night.

The offense stayed quiet the rest of the game, but the five run lead proved to be enough as Ramon Ramirez shut the door on the game.

That blue team was defeated once more.

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