Two strong outings from opposing pitchers resulted in two no-decisions, but the Chicago White Sox were able to push one more one across in extras as the Giants lost 3-2 on Tuesday night.
There’s a good chance your team could be headed towards a win if your starting pitcher gives up just three hits through seven innings, but unfortunately for Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants’ starter had to settle for a no-decision. Vogelsong threw his third straight quality start at AT&T Park, walking two, striking out five and holding the White Sox after a two-run home run from Adam Dunn in the first inning.
“I wasn’t even trying to throw a strike, really. My two-seamer was running all over the place in the bullpen. I was really happy with the way I was throwing. [It was] doing what I was trying to do, and for some reason that one didn’t do that. He’s a big strong man and he put a good swing on it,” said Vogelsong.
In spite of the control, he continued to lack the run support needed to log a win, as the Giants are now 2-7 in his 12 home starts this season, losing all seven of those in a row. Vogelsong received zero run support for the eight time this season and his average of 1.89 runs per home start is the lowest in the majors.
“He was nails. We needed him, because we weren’t doing much. He kept us in the game and gave us a chance,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
The Giants didn’t help their starter, as they combined for no runs on zero hits against Sale through eight innings. Hunter Pence got things started in the first with a triple, but was tagged out at home after hesitating on a grounder off the bat of Buster Posey. Pence then logged a hat trick with three straight strikeouts and finished 1-for-5. Sale finished his night with 12 strikeouts, and held the Giants to just six base runners on the night. Tonight marked his ninth game with at least 12 strikeouts over the last three years, the most in MLB.
Once Sale came out of the game, however, the Giants offense showed some life. Three straight singles from Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse and Travis Ishikawa loaded the bases for Joe Panik. The rookie hit a shot that looked like it could get through the infield, but an excellent diving stop from Gordon Beckham led to a double play, allowing just one run to score.
“Their defense beat us there. I think we all thought Panik’s ball was going to get through there, and they not only get us out but turned one of the best double plays I’ve seen,” said Bochy. “It was the difference in the game.”
That run marked the first run the Giants had scored in a Vogelsong home start since June 26, when they pushed one across against the Cincinnati Reds. Another single by Brandon Crawford tied the score at two, and we headed into extras.
In the tenth, Chicago was able to score one run after a Gordon Beckham knocked in Moises Sierra. The Giants were unable to come back for a second time and lost with a final score of 3-2.
With this loss, San Francisco has dropped its last six meetings against the White Sox, including two games in Chicago earlier this season. They’ll try to salvage the season series and avoid a sweep tomorrow, as Jake Peavy faces Jose Quintana tomorrow afternoon.
Peavy has seen a lack of run support as well, and is coming off a 3-1 loss after allowing those three runs in 5.2 innings. He’s given up three earned runs over 13 innings in his two starts against his former club. Chicago will skip Scott Carroll and send Quintana, who allowed four runs in his last start in Seattle. The starter is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA over his last ten starts, but has never faced the Giants, who are now trailing six games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
First pitch at 12:45pm.