Saturday, April 06, 2013

Staying on the sunny side of a 6-3 loss

You know, pro sportswriters can manage to make a 6-3 loss -- which seems pretty convincing -- sounds not all that bad. Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area makes today's game a bit less depressing. The story doesn't note that Vogelson threw 27 pitches in the 1st inning, which may have led to him giving up a belt-high fattie to Carlos Beltran in the 5th -- 

Ryan Vogelsong gave up nine hits, but all were singles and four of those stayed on the infield. Brandon Belt hit two lasers for outs and remains hitless for the season.

But the game really hinged on two other breaks that didn’t go the Giants’ way. In the fifth inning, third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a smothering stop to his left of Allen Craig’s infield single, unaware that shortstop Brandon Crawford was right behind him and probably could’ve made the play without leaving his feet.
It extended the inning and loaded the bases for Carlos Beltran, whose tiebreaking, two-run single proved to be the game’s biggest hit.
An inning later, Joaquin Arias came off the Giants’ bench with two aboard and hit a line drive down the first base line that Craig  turned into an easy snare-and-step double play.
“A step here or there and we’re talking about a totally different ballgame,” said Vogelsong, who was charged with five runs in 5 1/3 innings. “I felt I was forcing the ball early, trying to make it do stuff instead of jut letting it come out. The middle innings got better. I didn’t feel I threw the ball all that terribly.”
Bochy said the long fifth inning might have caught up to Vogelsong when he made the fastball mistake to Beltran, a hitter who seldom misses 89 mph at the belt.

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