Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ugly Ugly

Talk about a shot in the arm of the Blue Jays and the Dodgers, who beat a pretty good Nationals team tonight. 

Hard to believe but Ryan Vogelsong had a start tonight that was even more pathetic than Barry Zito's on Tuesday. Zito has occasionally reverted to being adequate and even made it into the 6th after giving up 6in the first. Vogelsong was just plain awful with the score getting to 10-1 at the end of the third.   

Here's the relevant part of Henry Schulman's story for the SF Chron. I disagree about the errors. This one is on Vogelsong. Good for him for seeing the positive but this leaves me wondering if he's done --
 
Ryan Vogelsong was hammered again and pitched only two innings, his shortest start with the Giants. Although the Scutaro and Pagan errors contributed mightily to Vogelsong's line - eight runs, three earned - the right-hander showed no signs of improvement and allowed four runs on homers by Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia, the 10th and 11th off Vogelsong this season in just 41 1/3 innings.
Once again, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti are faced with a difficult conversation and question: Should they pull Vogelsong and his 8.06 ERA from the rotation?
Bochy said that would be discussed on the long, late-night flight to Denver, where the Giants open a four-game series Thursday night.
The first-inning errors will be mitigating factors to a point. With one out, Scutaro dropped Jose Bautista's easy flare to short right field, continuing his season-long defensive struggles.
After Vogelsong walked Edwin Encarnacion, Arencibia hit a liner to center that should have been the second out. Pagan got a good read on the ball, charged, then flat whiffed on it. The ball rolled past Pagan, allowing two runs to score and setting up Lind's two-run homer.
"That was probably the worst thing that could have happened for Vogey, what happened there," Bochy said. "That's uncharacteristic for us. I can't think back when we've had two identical games where we made mistakes like that in the first inning. The big numbers killed us and took us out of our game."
Vogelsong tried to stay positive with his words, even if his face betrayed severe frustration.
"Things have got to turn in my favor here eventually," he said. "I shattered two bats, sawed them off, and they got two hits. It's got to change here."

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