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San Francisco Giants: Ryan Vogelsong’s Top Five Moments as a Giant

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after Hunter Pence #8 caught a ball hit by Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals for an out in the sixth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after Hunter Pence #8 caught a ball hit by Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals for an out in the sixth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 27: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants gets set to throw a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning during Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 27: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants gets set to throw a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning during Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Moment Number 1: 2012 World Series Game 3

After all these years of trying to prove people wrong, Ryan Vogelsong finally made it. He was satisfied when he stepped on the big league mound in 2011 for the first time since 2006. But then he made an all-star team. He played on a good team and got to pitch in October baseball. His team won the pennant and was headed to the World Series. The greatest moment for Ryan Vogelsong was pitching in the World Series.

The Giants were up 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers and turned to Vogelsong as they had all post-season long. He wasn’t quite as sharp in this game as he was in the past games. He pitched 5.2 shutout innings giving up five hits with three strikeouts. His command wasn’t sharp as he also walked four. However, the biggest spot in this game came in the fifth inning. The bases were loaded with two outs and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera was at the plate.

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With the Giants clinging to a small 2-0 lead this at-bat was crucial. Vogelsong was not fazed at all by the situation and got Cabrera to pop out and strand the bases loaded. The Giants would go on to win the game 2-0 and eventually the World Series. In the 2012 postseason, Vogelsong gave up only three earned runs in 24.2 innings pitched good enough for an outstanding 1.11 ERA.

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