September 5, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) wipes his face during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT
A night after hitting the ball all over the yard, the Giants couldn’t get it going against the Diamondbacks Thursday night at AT&T Park. Ryan Vogelsong (3-5, 5.62 ERA) got the loss and didn’t make it out of the 5th inning. Trevor Cahill (6-10, 4.35) didn’t do anything exceptional, but he picked up the win for Arizona. Mostly aided by the left arm of Gerrardo Parra.
The Giants had their first chance to score in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Brandon Crawford led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Vogelsong. With two outs Marco Scutaro walked and Brandon Belt came to the plate with 2 on and 2 out. He ripped a single to right field that was fielded cleanly by Parra who then fired home to throw out the sliding Crawford. It was the Giants only hit with a runner in scoring position all night.
The Giants put together a mini rally in the bottom of the 4th inning. Hunter Pence led off with a walk. Pablo Sandoval then hit a deep fly to triples alley tho score Pence. Out of the box he looked like he was thinking home run. But Pablo pulled it together to bring us this awesome face. Thanks to @gidget for the great look.
Hector Sanchez followed that with a fly ball to right field. Once again the arm of Parra was tested. Sandoval barreled in to catcher Miguel Montero and was ruled safe. Replays have shown us multiple times that Pablo still hasn’t touched the plate. Kirk Gibson agreed and was tossed for chirping at home plate umpire Tom Hallion a short time later. He must have seen the replay too.
The top of the 5th was where this game got away. With 2 outs Adam Eaton hit a double just past the glove of Crawford. Vogelsong then walked Willie Bloomquist and Paul Goldschmidt came to bat. He ended Vogelsong’s 17 inning scoreless streak at AT&T with a double to right field scoring two runs.
Martin Prado stayed hot and knocked Goldschmidt in with a double of his own. Aaron Hill then followed with a base hit to left field to score Prado and make it 4-2 DBacks. After another 2 out hit by Montero, Vogey’s night was done. All 4 runs were scored with 2 outs.
The left arm of Gerardo Parra struck again in the 5th. Brandon Belt hit one off the wall in the right field corner and Parra threw him out at second. Had the umpire gotten the Pablo play correct, Parra would have had 3 outfield assists in one game. I don’t think the Giants will run on him much more this weekend.
There was a George Kontos sighting in the 7th inning.
Heath Hembree came in for 1.1 innings of hitless ball. This was his second appearance. After facing 4 batters in the 7th, Bruce Bochy allowed Hembree to come out and start the 8th against a right-handed batter. In all he struk out one and issued one walk.
After the game word leaked about Buster Posey. It was revealed that he does have a small fracture in his finger. If he can stand the pain, he can play. But he may take another day off to heal up.