Ryan Vogelsong fell apart while the offense couldn’t get it together in the San Francisco Giants’ 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Vogelsong avoided any damage for the first four innings but collapsed in the fifth. With two outs and no one on, he gave up four runs on five hits – including three doubles – and a walk.
“He just lost it,” said Bochy. “He had two outs, and just couldn’t get the ball where he wanted.”
Paul Goldschmidt continued his ownage at AT&T Park, going two-for-five with a run and two RBI. Aaron Hill went two-for-three with one RBI on the night and Martin Prado knocked in a run as well.
The bullpen came in to and stopped the bleeding, giving up nothing but a double and two walks through the final 4.2 innings. Heath Hembree made his AT&T Park debut, allowing just one double and two walks one and striking out one without allowing a run or hit through 1.1 innings.
Pablo Sandoval stayed hot, extending his hit streak to seven by going two-for-four with a run and a triple that scored Hunter Pence in the fourth inning. Sandoval then made it home after a sacrifice fly from Hector Sanchez and two questionable calls by home plate umpire Tom Hallion. Replays showed Miguel Montero tagging Sandoval twice – first after Sandoval barreled into him at the plate, then again when Sandoval dove back to tag home, but alas, instant replay is not yet a thing.
Giants hitters showed life, but just could not capitalize with runners on base. Hunter Pence has now reached base safely by either hits or walks in his last 14 games and is batting .329 since the All-Star Break. Hector Sanchez has 14 RBI in his last 16 games and Brandon Belt went two-for-four while making the wrong decision to test the arm of Gerardo Parra. The right fielder’s throw to second base beat Belt by a mile, marking one of his two outfield assists tonight. It is the fifth game in his career he’s logged two assists, and now leads the National League with 13 this season.
“There’s not a better arm in baseball,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “He’s as accurate as any outfielder when he throws the ball. It’s electric and he helped win the ball game for them. That’s how good he is.”
Other note: The x-rays came back from Buster Posey, who has a “little fracture” in his finger, according to Bochy. He just said there was something going on there and it should be a couple days before he’s back in the lineup.
Tomorrow the Giants will take on the Diamondbacks for Game Two of this four-game weekend series. Yusmeiro Petit will look to win his third consecutive start for the Giants as he takes on Arizona’s Patrick Corbin at AT&T Park at 7:15pm.