I said in a previous post that I liked our chances tonight with Vogelsong on the mound. The GIANTS are in Cincinnati, and at FanFest, Vogelsong told the crowd he found the best chicken enchiladas in Cincinnati. I knew it was going to be a good night. But I have to tell you, I got a little nervous in the bottom of the 3rd when the Reds made their move, scoring 2 runs. At the end of 3, the score was:
GIANTS 0, Reds 2
Both pitchers kept the other team from scoring in the 4th and 5th, although the GIANTS threatened in the top of the 5th when, after 2 outs, Vogelsong hit a ground rule double and Pagan walked. Unfortunately, they were left stranded. The score remained:
GIANTS 0, Reds 2
In the top of the 6th, with 2 outs, Morse stepped up to the plate and sent the 1st pitch into the stands behind center field for a solo HR. Hicks followed with a single, and the new kid, Perez, who has bounced from Fresno to San Francisco and back, gave his stats a boost when he went yard. The Reds didn’t score in their half of the inning. In fact, they were held hitless after the 4th, thanks to Vogelsong and the guys from the bullpen. Vogelsong pitched an amazing game. He went 6.1 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs and 1 walk. He struck out a career-high 9 batters. I personally clapped and gave him a standing O when he left the game in the 7th. The final score was:
GIANTS 3, Reds 2
This was a big win for the GIANTS. Why? As I said in an earlier post, Great American Ball Park is the GIANTS kryptonite. According to one source, the GIANTS lost 11 of 12 regular season games at Great American Ball Park.
Don Zimmer 1931-2014
On a very serious note, RIP Don Zimmer. The baseball world lost a great member of its community today. Zimmer was born in Cincinnati in 1931 and the only jobs he held in his lifetime were all baseball jobs, either as a player, a manager or as a bench coach. He coached for the GIANTS in 1987. He was a class act.