It was an inning the Arizona Dbacks (59-86) wish they could erase from their memory altogether that aided in the San Francisco Giants’ 80th win of the season.
Up until the seventh inning, it was a pitching duel for the ages. In the beginning, it was rocky for Giants’ starter, Ryan Vogelsong (8-10, 3.90 ERA), as he walked the first batter in each of the first and second innings. Automatically putting him the stretch from the start.
Vogelsong received a wake up call in the second, when former starter and current reliever, Tim Lincecum, headed down to the bullpen. After the threat of being taken out early in the game, Vogelsong shut down the Dbacks. He pitched six and two-thirds innings over 102 pitches with no runs, two hits, five walks, and three strikeouts.
“What a great job he [Vogelsong] did out there to regroup and find himself out there, cleaned up the delivery and was hitting the spots,” said Manager Bruce Bochy, “He pitched a good game, which we needed, cause their guy was throwing the ball great too. Vogey did a tremendous job for us.”
Lincecum didn’t go unnoticed by the starter when he was running down to the bullpen.
“Anytime you see a guy run down there, obviously a guys running down there because you aren’t doing well,” said Vogelsong, “Guys don’t run down there if you are pitching good. I saw him go down there but you got to keep your focus on making pitches.”
For Vogelsong, it was a game spent grinding it out and trying to figure out his command. Overall, he felt he was all over the place and that he was “effectively wild”.
“It was one of those nights where I was just all over the place and couldn’t really get anything to consistently work for me,” said Vogelsong, “I basically just tried to throw the best pitch I could, every time, and it worked out for us.”
For Dbacks’ starter, Josh Collmenter (10-7, 3.67 ERA), he completed six innings over 89 pitches with no runs, three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. He has now allowed one run or less in each of his last four starts. Tonight was Collmenter’s third start of the season with at least six innings pitched and no runs allowed.
The Dbacks’ defense meltdown began when reliever, Oliver Perez, came in for Collmenter in the seventh inning and issued Hunter Pence a lead off walk. With Gregor Blanco up to bat, he doubled throw the hole at second base, scoring Pence. After a Brandon Crawford single, moving Blanco to third, the Dbacks called in right handed pitcher Evan Marshall. From that moment, a series of misfortunate events, including a wild throw and over throw, the Giants scored an additional three runs.
Tonight, the Giants earned their eighth consecutive home win, their longest streak since a nine game run in May 2011. During this time, they have outscored their opponents by a 52-12 margin.
They now sit two and a half games back of the National League West rivals’, the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-63), who are due to come to AT&T Park for a three game series this Friday.
Another high note for the Giants came as they passed the three million mark in attendance for the 2014 season. It’s the fifth straight season and the 13th in AT&T Park history that they have surpassed this mark. They currently also have the longest sell out streak in baseball, sitting at 319 consecutive sellouts.
The Giants look to sweep the Dbacks in tomorrow’s rubber match by sending righty Jake Peavy (4-4, 2.36 ERA) against Randall Delgado (3-3, 5.40 ERA). First pitch is at 12:45pm.