Yesterday the GIANTS kicked off a 4 game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia. I started thinking about Philadelphia’s nickname–the City of Brotherly Love–I wondered where it came from. So, naturally, I looked it up. What did we do before Google? Turns out Philadelphia literally means loving brother in Greek. It’s a compound word combining philos meaning love (the friend type-not the sex type), and adelphos meaning brother. It seems only fitting that the winning pitcher for yesterday’s game–Spoiler Alert!–was George Kontos, the Greek GIANT.
The GIANTS got the ball rolling in the 2nd inning, when Pablo got a base hit. Morse moved him over to 2nd with another base hit, and he advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. He scored on Blanco’s RBI single. The Phillies scored 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning. In the 3rd inning, Vogelsong led-off with a base hit. Pence moved him over with a base hit of his own. Scutaro put down the perfect SAC bunt moving Pence to 2nd and Vogelsong to 3rd. Posey plated both Vogelsong and Pence with a 2 RBI single. It should be noted: Vogey has had several great outings recently, but wound up being the losing pitcher because of a lack of run support. Way to go Vogey for being part of the solution. After 3, the score was:
GIANTS 3, Phillies 2
The GIANTS went scoreless in the top of the 4th and in the bottom of the inning, the Phillies got a couple of base hits. The hits, combined with a fielding error, turned into a couple of runs for the Phillies, putting them in the lead. With 2 men on base and NO outs, George Kontos took the mound for the GIANTS. He struck out the 1st two batters he faced and the 3rd batter hit a fly ball to right field. Pence fielded it easily for the 3rd out. Neither team scored in the 5th. After 5, the score was:
GIANTS 3, Phillies 4
The GIANTS came back in the 6th with a vengeance. Morse led-off the inning with a base hit. Duvall–who arrived on the plane with Kontos from AAA Fresno–sent the 1st pitch in his at-bat right over the wall, scoring 2. It wasn’t his 1st big league big fly–that happened June 27th in another Vogey-pitched game–but this run should be filed under the category: Couldn’t Have Come at a Better Time. Arias pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot and whacked a nice double to center field. Pence followed with an RBI single, scoring Arias. Phillies didn’t score in their half of the inning. After 6, the score was:
GIANTS 6, Phillies 4
Blanco scored the final run for the GIANTS. He drew a walk in the 8th and scored on Pence’s RBI triple. The Phillies didn’t score again. The final score was:
GIANTS 7, Phillies 4
Today is Ryan Vogelsong’s Birthday. He was born July 22, 1977 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was drafted by the San Francisco GIANTS in the 1998 amateur draft. He made his major league debut September 2, 2000 before a crowd of 40,930 fans at Pacific Bell Park–now known as AT&T Park. He pitched 2 innings in relief, faced 8 batters, gave up 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 0 strike outs. He threw 22 pitches. The starting pitcher that day was Shawn Estes. Barry Bonds was in left field, J.T. Snow played 1st base, Jeff Kent played 2nd, and Rich Aurilia was the shortstop. The final score was:
GIANTS 13, Cubs 2
Looking at his baseball career, it is obvious Vogey has a lot of heart and an amazing spirit. If you look up Can Do Attitude in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Ryan Vogelsong. After spending a couple of years with the GIANTS, he was traded to Pittsburgh. He spent a few years playing in Japan. He signed with MLB teams in the US, only to be released. One thing he didn’t do was give up on himself. Good thing too. He made his way back to the GIANTS in 2011 and is a huge part of the reason the GIANTS won the 2012 World Series.
He and his wife, Nicole, have a son.
Happy Birthday Ryan Vogelsong!!