It’s the same story, different day: Ryan Vogelsong went out and pitched another quality outing, but the lack of Giants offense resulted in San Francisco’s tenth shutout of the season and a very quiet clubhouse after the game.
With the exception of a fourth-inning home run off the bat of Aaron Hill, and a later RBI double from Gerardo Parra, Vogelsong pitched a strong six and one-third innings, giving up just those two runs on six hits while striking out four.
Today’s game was nothing new for Vogelsong, who has gone four straight starts without a single run of support. In a stat he’d probably rather avoid, he’s the first San Francisco pitcher since 1977 to receive zero run support over four straight starts in a single season.
“It happens. It’s kind of crazy that it’s just been happening to me,” said Vogelsong.
Vogelsong will have to wait until after the All Star Break for any run support, as he hasn’t seen one run since June 21. While we’ve seen four straight wins for Tim Lincecum, who has been the one pitcher to see his team push across win after win in each outing, the exact opposite has proved true for today’s starter. Vogelsong ends his first half of 2014 with a 5-7 record and 3.86 ERA.
“He had a quality start, with good stuff, and we just couldn’t get him anything,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
The Giants offense continued to sputter today, in spite of the positive thoughts and standing ovation given to Marco Scutaro in his first start of the season at AT&T Park. Scutaro worked a six-pitch walk in his first plate appearance of the game, but went hitless his next three at-bats. While the Giants’ second baseman made it through all nine innings on Saturday afternoon, he said his back tightened up throughout the game, which was expected. He was unsure about playing in tomorrow’s game, and said he’ll probably be day-to-day moving forward.
San Francisco was unable to push across a run on four hits. Michael Morse extended his hit streak to match his season high of nine games, but didn’t have much to say after the game about the team’s lack of offense as a whole.
“We’re just going out there grinding everyday,” he said. “That’s baseball.”
While the production on the field shows that of a team that just seems at a loss for offense, Bochy refused to believe that the team is looking forward to a break.
“The worst thing that could happen to a club is that we need a break,” said the Giants’ skipper. “Hopefully the focus is on the game tomorrow and not that we need a break.”
The Giants will finish the first half of their season tomorrow afternoon, as they face the Diamondbacks for one more game at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner will take the mound before the orange and black take a brief hiatus. Bumgarner is coming off a tough six-run start at Oakland. The Giants’ ace has struggled at home this season, and will look to improve his 5.16 ERA at Third and King.
He’ll face Arizona’s Vidal Nuno, who was acquired on July 6 from the New York Yankees. He made a strong first impression, throwing seven shutout innings in his debut start with the Diamondbacks.
First pitch at 1:05pm.