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San Francisco Giants blanked in Marco Scutaro’s return

By Eric Nathanson

The return of Marco Scutaro was not the shot in the arm the San Francisco Giants thought it would be. They were once again shutout Saturday afternoon, this time by Wade Miley and the last place Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 at AT&T Park.

It marks the 5th time the Giants have been shutout in their last 13 games and 10th time this season. Miley held the Giants to just 4 hits in 7 innings. The 1-4 hitters in the Giants lineup went 0-15 with Scutaro being the only hitter among them to even get on base with a walk in his first plate appearance.

Ryan Vogelsong pitched well once again, and the Giants didn’t score for him again. This is the 4th straight start for Vogelsong in which the offense failed to score a single run while he was pitching. Today he lasted 6.1 innings striking out 4 and scattering 6 hits while allowing 2 runs.

Aaron Hill just owns Vogelsong. Today he scored both the D-Backs runs. In the top if the 4th inning Hill hit a home run to left field for the first run of the game. It didn’t sound or look like a home run but just kept carrying. In the 7th he led off with a double down the left field line and then scored on Gerardo Parra‘s 1-out single

After today Hill is now 13-for-25 (.520) with 2 career home runs against Vogelsong. That’s ownage.

There was some good defense today. Scutaro made a nice shovel pass with his glove to get a runner at first. Pablo Sandoval saved a run with a diving stop and throw from his knees. Hunter Pence also made a great sliding play in the outfield. Since that’s the only one I can embed, here it is.

The Giants are currently a half game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers who are playing tonight. First place, second place, it doesn’t matter right now. The Giants need to get the offense going, hopefully the upcoming All-Star break will help.