It has taken Ryan Vogelsong fourteen years to receive a standing ovation from Giants fans, but the sold out crowd at AT&T park could not have been more pleased with the former Giants draft pick. Making his first start at home, Vogelsong retired the first fifteen batters he faced before a lead-off single in the sixth broke up his perfect game. The dominating performance was the type of pitching the Giants expected when they signed Zito to that never-ending, gazillion dollar contract. Like Alex Smith, Zito keeps sticking around because the organization has already paid him a ton of money and has had trouble finding a replacement. This year, Vogelsong has stepped in and had the best start in his long career. The Giants are undefeated in his starts and Vogelsong has a personal record of 2-0 with a 14-7 SO/BB ratio and .172 batting average against.
Every Giants fan should root for this journeyman pitcher who has found his way back home, as he could do what a car crash could not-end Zito’s career with the Giants.
The Giants first sweep is all that much sweeter as they beat Jorge De La Rosa for the first time in nine tries. De La Rosa has given the Giants hitters absolute fits every time he has faced them since 2008. With Vogelsong making his home debut and the Giants offense being its usual anemic self, Giants fans were very hesitant about bringing out their brooms. Fortunately, Cody Ross brought his broom and knocked a back-breaking two-run homer off De La Rosa to give the Giants a 3-0 lead that felt like a ten-run cushion according to Bruce Bochy. The Giants have rebounded well since an eleven game stretch where they went 3-8. However, the five wins in the last six games have not exactly been blow outs with the Giants only outscoring their opponents by a total of eight runs over those five games. The pitching has been excellent, especially the bullpen where the relievers have been setting it up for Brian Wilson to knock them down. Although hits and runs are nice, defense wins championships, so as long as the Giants keep doing what they do best, Giants fans should be content riding one-run nail-biters to the playoffs.