We’ve all grown accustom to the moniker “Cain’d”, but it’s about time we give that an update, something like “VogelCain’d” because Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong can’t catch a break. Despite coming into today’s game with the best ERA in the National League (he’ll finish the break third), the first half ace of the staff wont be making a trip to Kansas City barring an injury replacement. In addition to the snub, Vogelsong can’t seem to catch the Giants’ offense on a good day as he has now thrown at least six innings of three earned runs or less and finished with either a no decision or a loss eight times.
The Giants’ offense was baffled by James McDonald (who’s second in National League ERA) all afternoon, many times looking over-matched against the Long Beach native. McDonald struck out 10 in his 9th victory of the season, the win assuring the Pirates of having a better first half record then the San Francisco Giants – hope you cashed in on that during your last trip to Vegas.
Gregor Blanco played the Louise of the two-man platoon we’ve come to see recently and did well, going 2-4, but he like so many others had strikeout issues, fanning twice. Nobody struggled more offensively then Brandon Belt though, who K’d three times, looking lost against McDonald who carved up the Giants like a turkey on Thanksgiving.
The orange and black try to head into the All-Star break on a positive note tomorrow, hoping to take the series with a win in the rubber match.