Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Vogelsong sticks to slow stuff in Giants' win
By ESPN Stats & Information
After scoring six runs in their first three home games this postseason, the San Francisco Giants found their offense at AT&T Park.
Second basemen Marco Scutaro and Ryan Theriot, who had five hits and one RBI combined in this postseason entering Monday, combined for three hits and four RBI in the Giants’ 7-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Giants got the game off to a good start as Angel Pagan hit his second lead-off home run in the last six days.
He’s the second player with two lead-off home runs in a single postseason joining Jimmy Rollins who did it in 2008. Rollins and Derek Jeter each have the most postseason home runs leading off the first inning with three.
Not only did the Giants’ bats come to life, but they also had a starting pitcher get through the sixth inning for the first time this postseason.
Ryan Vogelsong allowed one run in seven innings to pick up his first career postseason win.
Vogelsong matched a season high by recording nine outs with his offspeed pitches. He did not allow a hit against an offspeed pitch.
This postseason the Giants have been working hard Monday through Friday and then taking weekends off.
They improve to 4-0 on games played on weekdays, scoring nearly four more runs per game than they have on the weekends.
Chris Carpenter was responsible for six of the eight runs in the game as he allowed five and drove in the Cardinals only run.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carpenter is just the seventh pitcher in MLB history to drive in his team’s only run in a postseason game.
The last to do so was Darryl Kile of the Astros against the Braves in 1997.
It’s Carpenter's first postseason loss since 2009.
He was 5-0 in his previous seven starts.
The series now shifts to St. Louis for the next three games beginning Wednesday.
Matt Cain will face Kyle Lohse in Game 3.
Cain won his last start and is 1-1 in the postseason while Lohse is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in two starts.