I begged. I pleaded. I stamped my foot. I laid a guilt trip so long it required a passport. About what? To give Vogey some runs. And, finally, the GIANTS came through. Oh, I know it had nothing to do with my fit-throwing. It was really just a matter of time–New York time actually–because things changed in a New York minute–exactly 126 New York minutes. And change is good.
Vogelsong pitched an absolute gem of a game. His best in a long line of great games. In fact, he had a no-hitter going through the 5th–he pitched 9 complete innings–the 1st in his career–giving up only 2 hits and 1 run. He issued 1 walk and struck out 5. Vogey was absolutely lights out.
The GIANTS offense got down to business in the top of the 2nd inning. Neither team scored in the 1st, although the GIANTS got a couple of hits, making Perez the lead-off man in the top of the 2nd. He hit a double. That brought Blanco to the plate–he reached 1st when the Mets’ pitcher chose to try and take out Perez–and failed. Perez advanced to 3rd. Crawford hit an RBI single, scoring Perez and moving Blanco to 2nd. Vogelsong advanced Blanco to 3rd and Crawford to 2nd with a SAC bunt. Hunter Pence got an RBI groundout–Blanco scored as Pence attempted to reach 1st. At the end of 2, the score was:
GIANTS 2, Mets 0
The GIANTS scored again the 7th when Crawford roped a triple to right field, Vogey got on base after being hit by a pitch, and Pence drove them in with a line-drive RBI triple. Pence scored when the rookie, Matt Duffy–who arrived that morning from AA Richmond–got his 1st big league knock and RBI–a line drive RBI single to left field. The Mets scored a run–a homerun–in the 8th. Vogelsong closed out the game with a 1, 2, 3 9th inning. The final score was:
GIANTS 5, Mets 1
What a great way to welcome a rookie to the bigs.