It was really good to see Ryan Vogelsong on the mound. He looked right at home–which, let’s face it, he was–and it looked like he’s recovered from getting hit in the face and the surgery that followed.
He hiccuped a little–in the first when he walked Joe Panik with the bases loaded and Angel Pagan scored, he gave up a run in the third–Brandon Belt hit a ground rule double and scored on Hunter Pence’s single–and a couple of solo home runs in the sixth (Eduardo Nunez and Denard Span), but in the end, the W belonged to him. I couldn’t help but stand up and cheer for him. And then I remembered–although he’ll always be a Giant, he wasn’t pitching for us. I wanted the win for Matt Moore and the Giants, but how do you root against Vogey?
When he took the mound Monday night he received a standing O from a packed AT&T Park. He got another one when he left the game. It was touching. It looked to me like Vogey was overcome with emotion from the crowd response. In an interview after the game he said: “I don’t expect anything less from these fans, they’re first class and they always have been…” Right back at you Vogey, right back at you.
I know, I know. I said I wasn’t going to watch the game because of the whole jinx thing. (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you didn’t read my blog post after Sunday’s game) I couldn’t help myself. I had to see Vogey pitch.
All in all, our guys played a good game. How about those amazing defensive plays? Hunter Pence tripped over the bullpen mound, landed flat on his back and still caught the fly ball–mid roll/somersault–for the out in the fourth. I gave him a 5.5 for the gymnastics and a straight up 10+ for the catch. In the fifth Eduardo Nunez landed on his backside and one-hopped the ball to first for an out. He got the next out when he bounced a grounder to first from his knee.
The guys did a good job. They did enough to win. On any other night, they probably would have. That’s baseball. The final score was:
Giants 5, Pirates 8
We’re still half a game up over the Dodgers. They had the day off.
Tuesday’s game starts at 7:15 pm and is on the usual stations: CSN-BA and KNBR 680. Jeff Samardzija is on the mound. Let’s turn some of those Pirates into Shark bait. Join the Facebook group SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat for that Take Me Out to the Ball Game experience without leaving your living room. Buy your own peanuts and Cracker Jack. Follow the link: