In a surprising offensive outburst, the San Francisco Giants were finally able to provide run support for Ryan Vogelsong, as they overpowered the Milwaukee Brewers 13-2 on Friday night.
After coming off a strong series against the Colorado Rockies, the Giants hoped to continue their success behind Vogelsong. It had been a while since this particular starter had seen any sort of run support at home, as he came into the game with exactly zero runs of support over his last five games, but tonight’s Orange Friday would be different.
San Francisco jumped ahead early, a feat that has fared well for them in the past. Four straight singles and a passed ball put three runs up on the board in the first inning for Vogelsong. Scoring first has been the Giants’ key through much of the season, as San Francisco is first the National League when scoring first, now 53-15 in that situation this season. Tonight’s offense did quite a bit more than just score though, putting runs up on the board in each of the first five innings.
“Vogey’s a competitor. I love playing behind him,” said Joe Panik. “You never see him crack a smile, but a heck of a job tonight. By him keeping us in the dugout, with the quick innings he had, we could keep our momentum going.”
Hunter Pence extended his hit streak to eleven games, finishing his night 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Buster Posey stayed hot, logging his second career 5-for-5 game, the first of which came in July of last season against the New York Mets.
“It would have been nice to have him go for six, but the rest was more important,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
More offense erupted from up and down the lineup, as Gregor Blanco boosted his on-base percentage with three walks and a two-run blast into the arcade and Joe Panik had a four-hit night with a double.
“It’s fun. It’s the best way to describe it. Everybody’s contributing, everyone’s getting hungry,” said Panik.
Overall, San Francisco’s 19 hits are the most they’ve scored in 13 years, when they hit 20 against the then-Florida Marlins in August of 2001.
Vogelsong did his part on the mound, allowing just two runs over seven innings of work. The Giants took the pressure off and scored 13 runs in that time, a major change after receiving 17 runs of support at home all season.
“It’s a tough night, mentality, when you score a bunch of runs like that,” said Vogelsong. “It’s easy to let your guard down It’s hard sitting in the dugout, so I was pretty happy I was able to keep my focus and the way my offspeed stuff came around.”
Bochy was happy to see Vogelsong get the support, noting “If I had to pick one pitcher that has had the strangest run, it’s Vogey.”
Vogelsong continued the trend of a strong San Francisco rotation, as the five starters have combined to allow just five earned runs over their last 37 innings pitched. Jake Peavy will look to continue that tomorrow, as the Giants face the Brewers for the second matchup of this three-game series. Peavy will take on Mike Fiers, who allowed just two runs over seven innings in his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Peavy will look to finish his August the same way he’s began it, as the right-hander has a 2.94 ERA for the month. He allowed three runs – one earned – over seven innings in his last start against the Colorado Rockies.
First pitch at 6:05pm.