Vogelsong Brilliant Again – Giants Take Game One in LA

Both teams fought hard, but the Giants were able to take advantage of Ryan Vogelsong’s third quality start in a row and defeated the Dodgers 3-1 in ten innings on Thursday night.

After being no-hit through the first three innings, the Dodgers finally drew first blood in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Kemp led off with a single to right, and Carl Crawford walked. With two out and nobody on, Vogelsong buckled down and limited the damage. He got Juan Uribe to fly out, allowing Kemp to move to third. Drew Butera hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the first run of the game and give LA a 1-0 lead.

It seemed as if Vogelsong would have to take a tough loss, but Brandon Hicks hit his sixth home run of the year in the top of the seventh, tying the game and allowing the Giants starter to go a little bit longer in the game.

Vogelsong threw seven-and-a-third innings in LA, allowing five hits, one run, two walks, and two strikeouts. He threw 104 pitches, 64 strikes, and lowered his ERA on the season 3.93 – the lowest it’s been in 2014. He out-dueled Dodgers’ starter Josh Beckett, who had one of his best starts of the year. Beckett tossed six-and-two-thirds innings, also giving up just five hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out four.

While both starters were brilliant, it eventually became a battle of the bullpens – and San Francisco would prevail.

Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla kept the Dodgers in check, allowing no hits and striking out two for the remaining innings.

Chris Withrow, Kenley Jansen, and J.P. Howell combined to no-hit the Giants for two-and-two-thirds innings, striking out four while walking two to carry their team into extras.

But then came the tenth, and after Howell walked Angel Pagan with one out, Jamey Wright was brought in to pitch. Wright walked Hunter Pence and Buster Posey to load the bases for pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez. Sanchez came through, hitting a deep fly ball to right, allowing Pagan to score and giving the Giants the lead. Brandon Belt followed it up with a single to left, scoring Pence and making it 3-1.

Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth, earning his 11th save of the year.

San Francisco is now three-and-a-half games ahead of Los Angeles in the West. Madison Bumgarner (3-3, 3.18) will take on Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.70) on Friday night as the Giants look to continue their success on this road trip. They’re currently 5-2 on this ten-game trip.