Vogelsong blanks Cubs in rain-shortened win
CHICAGO (AP) – It wasn’t exactly how Ryan Vogelsong envisioned his first career shutout. Nine innings or six, he’ll take it.
Vogelsong pitched six scoreless innings in a rain-shortened game and Buster Posey hit an RBI single to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. All that despite some lousy weather conditions.
“That’s the worst I’ve ever been in, for sure,” Vogelsong said. “If the mound would have been bad, it would have been a lot tougher, but the mound held up good.”
Vogelsong (3-0) allowed seven hits and struck out seven in his first complete game. He was also helped by two double plays as the Cubs left eight runners on.
“I didn’t want our guys standing out there too long,” he said. “I was just trying to get us back in the dugout as quick as I could.”
The Giants scored two runs on two errors by the Cubs, and have won seven of their last eight. The game was delayed two pitches into the seventh inning and called after a 40-minute delay.
“The toughest part of the night was when they were in the batter’s box, it was blowing right in their eyes,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “You’ve got to play, though. You’ve got to keep grinding, which they did.”
In his last start, Vogelsong was perfect through five and allowed one hit and one walk over 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0 win against Colorado. Vogelsong, who dropped his ERA to 2.36, struck out Alfonso Soriano with the bases loaded to end the first inning, and fanned Carlos Pena with two runners on in the fifth.
Doug Davis (0-1) pitched five innings in his season debut and allowed three runs – one earned – and four hits. He struck out six and walked one, and was hurt by three errors behind him.
“That’s part of the deal,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said of the defensive lapses. “Play got sloppy both ways. We couldn’t get a break. We couldn’t cash in on the one or two opportunities that we had and they did. Rough night.”
Miguel Tejada felt the wrath of the conditions, committing two fielding errors for the Giants. Things hit rock-bottom in his sixth inning at-bat when he lost the grip on his bat and it flew almost 20 rows into the stands behind the third base dugout. No one was injured.
“The umpires decided to let us play, we have to play,” Tejada said. “We don’t complain. The good thing is that we won the game.”
Davis made his first start after being promoted from Triple-A Iowa. The veteran left-hander went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts for Milwaukee last season.
With starters Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells on the disabled list, Davis filled the void at the back of the Cubs’ rotation – and it marked a much-anticipated return for him. A year ago Sunday, Davis was diagnosed with pericarditis, an inflammation of the lining surrounding the heart. He made one more start in July before being shut down the rest of the season with elbow problems.
The Cubs played their first Saturday night game at Wrigley Field in nearly nine years. Because of parking restrictions in the neighborhood, the Cubs may only play on Friday and Saturday nights if it is part of a national television broadcast. This was the first Saturday night game at Wrigley since Aug. 31, 2002, and the game was played under brutal conditions. The game-time temperature was 43 degrees and the wind was blowing in at 19 mph with a constant drizzle throughout the game until the rain picked up in the seventh.
Most of the announced crowd of 39,706 had left.