The Giants have not fared well against their American League foes, getting thumped for the second straight night in Anaheim on the heels of losing two of three in Seattle. I suppose they can be forgiven as the National League is, once again, getting its collective hat handed to it by the so-called Junior Circuit. According to this site, it is 109-82 AL-NL. I note that the Rockies are 1-11! What a wasted season in Colorado. Regardless, the ALers are kicking ass. As a long time old school NLer, I'm aghast. Since 1997, the Senior Circuit has had a winning record in interleague play only four times: 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2003. It is hard to explain away 2038-1853, a .524 winning percentage.
But I want to talk about Ryan Vogelsong. He gave up a long home run but otherwise was the same tough, studly guy we see every time. He had a little bad luck in the fifth, only one hard hit ball in the bunch, but it was enough. He pitched a good game, going seven innings for the fifth straight start and tenth time this season. Vogie has given up four runs in a start one time, and three runs three times. That leaves nine starts in which he's allowed two runs or fewer. That's good work. He's an incredible asset to the team, and compared to fifth starters he has to be near the best. He is, in fact, the third best on the Giants at this point in the season, and is once again pitching brilliantly after his Cinderella-comeback flukey 2011. I know I write about this every time he pitches, but I can't seem to accept it as fact. He's a beast. He's for real. He's the Cainiest of the guys who aren't actually Matt Cain. He's Cainesque (Cainian?). He's as Matt Cainy as you can be without being the real Cainer. Good move, Ryan. Be like him. That's a smart career choice right there. Hey, how about Albert Pujols pulling an 0-fer? You like that? I do. Way to go, Voge-ster, you gave us something to get excited about tonight.