Ryan Vogelsong did everything the Giants could hope for as he threw his first nine-inning complete game in San Francisco’s 5-1 win over the New York Mets on Friday evening.
Vogelsong took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but even as Juan Lagares got on base with the first Mets hit of the game, the Giants’ starter quickly induced a double play to head back to the dugout. Vogelsong faced 28 batters on Friday night, just one over the minimum as he allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out five.
In a game that lasted just two hours and six minutes, the Giants’ offense made quite a bit of noise to kick off their ten-game homestand. Brandon Crawford went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, while Hunter Pence knocked in three and logged a triple as well.
Matt Duffy made his major league debut, and logged his first big-league hit and RBI after knocking in Pence in the top of the seventh inning to give the Giants their fifth and final run of the game. Duffy’s start marked San Francisco’s eighth second baseman this season
On a less positive note, Matt Cain is likely done for the season, as the Giants’ right hander will need surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow. The starter originally said he would look at his options, but manager Bruce Bochy made it sound much more like a concrete decision.
Tomorrow the Giants will return to Citi Field for their second meetup with the Mets in this four-game wraparound series. Jake Peavy will make his second start for the orange and black, coming off a six-inning outing where he allowed three earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts against the Dodgers last weekend.
He’ll take on Jacob deGrom, who will look to continue his dominant streak. He allowed just four hits through six and one third scoreless innings against the Brewers on Sunday.
First pitch at 4:10pm.