I really wanted to be at the yard tonight chanting "Vogie, Vogie, Vogie." He dominated a red-hot Minnesota club to snap the skid and lead the team to win number 40. It was another impressive outing by the Giants diamond-in-the-rough righthander who has given up two or fewer runs in nine of his ten starts. He leads the team in both ERA and FIP, which ought to make both traditionalists and saberists happy. His 7th inning was a brilliant clutch display, getting two strikeouts after back-to-back hits before yielding a run on a weak grounder that Brandon Crawford bobbled. Righetti came out for a chat and Vogelsong got pinch-hitter Matt Tolbert to fly out harmlessly. Eli Whiteside was the hitting star with two hits (one a triple!) and three RBI. The Lopez-Romo-Wilson triumvirate did the rest, although Sergio appeared to injure himself after striking out Michael Cuddyer in the 8th. Nate Schierholtz had two walks and a hit to crack the .300 OBP line. He's getting his chance to play, let's hope he can be consistent and make fewer outs as the season goes on.
I know it is only ten starts--most regulars have 15 at this point in the season--but Ryan Vogelsong is making a case for being on the NL All-Star team. What do you think? Should Ol' Boch pick Vogie?
A big win tonight. You have to think that these guys can't really lose more than five in a row. Once through the rotation, sure, but twice? I don't think so. Tim Lincecum gets the rubber match tomorrow afternoon. With the Diamondbacks keeping the heat on, the Giants could sure use a dose of Timmy being Timmy.