Recap: Vogelstrong And Sandoval Home Run Support Gives Giants 2-1 Win

Ryan Vogelsong didn’t get much run support on Saturday night, but he got just enough as he held the Minnesota Twins scoreless over 6.2 innings in the San Francisco Giants’ 2-1 win at AT&T Park.

Vogelsong came just one out short of matching his last start of seven scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins, as the starter held the Twins to three runs and one walk while striking out seven. Tonight marked Vogelsong’s fifth quality start in his last six games, as well as his first interleague win. In his start against the Cleveland Indians, he made one of his best starts, throwing seven shutout innings, but did not factor into the decision.

“His stuff has really picked up – his velocity, command, and he’s hitting both sides of the plate,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “He’s a four pitch guy, and when you have that kind of stuff and command you’re probably going to pitch well.”

Samuel Deduno was able to quiet the Giants’ bats for much of the game, but gave up just enough to give San Francisco the win.

“Their guy was tough. He had a lot of movement on his pitches, a lot of natural movement, and guys had a tough time. Pablo helped us get through that one,” Bochy mentioned.

Sandoval stayed hot on Saturday night, hitting his second home run in as many games into the left field bleachers. The blast was a nice change on a 0-2 pitch; Sandoval had been batting .063 (5-for-79) with 34 strikeouts when at the plate with two strikes against him.

His second-inning home run was the sixth of Sandoval’s season, and the fourth over his last six games. He knocked in San Francisco’s second run in the sixth inning, when a sacrifice fly off a golf-like swing was able to score Angel Pagan from third base.

“He’s gotten his timing, and he’s gotten his confidence, and that usually comes with success,” said Bochy. “That’s got to be the toughest streak he’s ever gone through.”

After a troublesome start to a year of 19 hits over 114 at-bats, Sandoval has come up strong, batting .339 (21-for-62) over his last 17 games.

Sandoval’s sacrifice fly was just enough to keep the Giants ahead for the rest of the game. The Twins couldn’t get a run across the board until the ninth inning, when Josmil Pinto hit a shot off Sergio Romo that landed just over the left field wall to put Minnesota on the board. That was all the Twins would get though, as Romo closed out the ninth and sent Giants fans home happy.

Other note: Matt Cain will miss his next start on Monday. Yusmeiro Petit will pitch in place of the righty, who only threw about 15 pitches in today’s bullpen session before ending it early. Bochy said that Cain still felt discomfort and the Giants didn’t think he was ready, but they won’t put him on the disabled list quite yet.

Tomorrow the Giants take on the Twins for the final game of this weekend interleague series, as Madison Bumgarner faces Ricky Nolasco at AT&T Park. Bumgarner set a franchise record in his last start, allowing three or fewer earned runs in his 18th straight road start, but this season’s issue has surprisingly been at home. The lefty has gone 2-2 with a 6.20 ERA in his four home starts, and has only faced Minnesota one other time: a start many would prefer to forget, as he allowed eight first-inning runs while logging just one out back in 2011.

Nolasco recorded three straight quality start before giving up three runs over five innings in his last outing against the Mariners. Tomorrow will mark his tenth start against the Giants, where he has accrued a 3.27 ERA with 45 walks and 17 strikeouts during that time.

First pitch at 1:05pm