New York-The numbers didn't lie for San Francisco Giants' starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong this season. Vogelsong entered tonight's game against the New York Mets with extreme home/road splits. Vogelsong had pitched to an ERA well north of five on the road, while pitching to a 3.04 ERA at home. The stats said Vogelsong would struggle at Citi Field, but he excelled. Vogelsong (W, 6-8) tossed a complete game as the Giants (59-50) defeated the Mets (52-57) 5-1.
The Giants did all their damage against Mets' starter Jonathon Niese (L, 5-7), who tossed eight innings but gave up five runs, although only three were earned. Niese gave up nine hits and struck out four on the evening. The Giants struck quickly against Niese in the second inning, as an RBI single from Brandon Crawford put the Giants in front 1-0. An RBI groundout from Hunter Pence put them up 2-0, and the score would remain that way until the top of the seventh inning. Hunter Pence added two more runs with a triple to put the Giants up 4-0, and he came in to score on an RBI single from Matthew Duffy. The hit and RBI were the first of Duffy's career, as he made his major league debut tonight.
The insurance runs gave the Giants a 5-0 cushion, which was plenty for Vogelsong. Vogelsong went the distance, allowing only one run on two hits while walking one and striking out five. The only Mets' offense came in the eighth inning, when Lucas Duda hit a solo home run (20) to help the Mets avoid a shutout. Aside from Duda's shot, Vogelsong was in complete command of the game tonight.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Giants' starting pitcher Vogelsong. Vogelsong dominated the Mets' lineup and easily could have shut them out.
Post Game Notes:
- Juan Lagares recorded the only other hit against Vogelsong, a single to break up a no hit bid by Vogelsong in the bottom of the sixth.
- Crawford led the Giants offensively by going 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
- The first two runs against Niese were unearned after he made a throwing error to start the second inning.
The Mets and Giants will continue their four game series tomorrow night. Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79 ERA) will be on the hill for the Mets, while the Giants will counter with new acquisition Jake Peavy (0-1, 4.50 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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Tags: Baseball, Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence, Jonathon Niese, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matthew Duffy, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants
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