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Giants Shutout Dodgers Behind Vogelsong; 2-0

By Melissa Felkins
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The Giants have won 2 consecutive games against the Dodgers in the series at AT&T Park this week.  Ryan Vogelsong apparently “hates” the Dodgers and it showed last night.  Also, consider this: Last night was the first time since 1987 that the Giants had back-to-back shutouts against the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw hadn’t lost to the same team twice in one year since 2009, and never twice to the same opposing pitcher. Last night was special. In fact, I really am hoping this whole series is special. The Giants now sit 1 game back of the Dodgers in the NL West and have a chance for a tie, and a sweep, this afternoon. If the Giant have truly hit a turning point, this will be the series that did it.

Pitching

Much like Barry Zito the previous night, Vogelsong looked good. He threw 7 scoreless innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 strikeouts, and only 1 walk. Probably not his best outting, but when you keep the Dodgers to 0 runs, it’s a good night for you. As far as pitching goes, Clayton Kershaw didn’t make it easy on the Giants. I told you yesterday to expect a pitcher’s duel and see far less runs. While both Kershaw and Vogelsong allowed more hits than I expected, both pitchers really pitched out of jams. Kershaw gave up 2 runs in the 4th, but it could have been much worse, as bases were loaded still after the 2 runs had scored. To end the inning, he threw a NASTY curve ball to Gregor Blanco for a strike. I say that not to gush over Kershaw, but to highlight that Kershaw had his stuff last night and we were able to pull together just enough runs to beat him.

Batting

Melky Cabrera hit his 7th homerun last night in that 4th inning right over left center. It was not a cheap homerun. Posey followed the Melk Man with a single. He ultimately was out on Pagan’s fielder’s choice, but Pagan remained on 1B and proceeded to steal 2B. Pablo Sandoval then hit a line into right field, allowing Pagan to score the 2nd run of the game. The Giants combined for 8 hits total, with Vogelsong even chipping in a single.

Today

Tim Lincecum is on the mound tonight facing Chad  Billingsly. The Giants have a good opportunity to sweep the Dodgers today. It seems like every week, Kruk and Kuip and every other announce is swearing that “this is the game” that breaks Timmy’s slump. I hope they’re right this time.

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