Vogelsong not happy with outing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ryan Vogelsong has been enjoying an All-Star season. Lately, though, he doesn’t feel much like one.
Vogelsong recorded his 10th quality start, allowing two runs and seven hits over seven innings, walking five with two strikeouts. He wasn’t involved in the decision in the New York Mets’ 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night and remains undefeated over his past eight starts.
Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston hit a tiebreaking home run off All-Star closer Brian Wilson in the ninth inning to lead the Mets.
Hairston opened the ninth by sending a full-count pitch from Wilson (6-2) over the wall in left field for his fourth home run of the season. Carlos Beltran and Nick Evans added RBIs in the inning to help the Mets to their fifth victory in six games.
“Sure he gives up the home run and people think he should have had a day (off),” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “If he wasn’t on his third day I would have let him stay out there and try to pitch his way out of it. I thought he was fine and that’s why he was out there.”
Nate Schierholtz tied the score in the sixth with a solo shot into McCovey Cove and drove in San Francisco’s only other run with a sacrifice fly.
“I walked five guys. That’s not good,” Vogelsong said. “I walked four the last time and four the last time before that. It’s something I have to stop doing.”
His season ERA is 2.17 and he hasn’t lost since May 26, earning a spot in his first All-Star game.
“He’s a perfectionist,” Giants catcher Eli Whiteside said. “He did a great job of holding those guys to two runs; especially the way they’ve been swinging the bats.”
Vogelsong just expects a little more out of himself.
“I’m a little off right now. I felt better the last two innings and that’s something I can build on through the All-Star break and into the second half,” he said. “I kept putting myself in bad situations. Guys were on base every inning. There are things I was doing earlier in the season that I’m not doing now and I have to get back to the way I was and simplify things.”
Wilson kept his cool and refrained from tossing a water cooler or smashing it with a baseball bat, as he did when he blew a save at Detroit last week and went into meltdown mode. He was charged with two runs and only recorded one out.
“I thought his stuff was all right,” Whiteside said. “The movement on his fastball was pretty good. He just kind of got that one up right there.”
New York knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed two runs in seven innings.
After Beltran doubled leading off the fourth, Vogelsong walked the bases loaded with one out. The right-hander rebounded to get Josh Thole to ground into an inning-ending double play, and the Giants didn’t waste the momentum.
Pablo Sandoval extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games with a double off the wall in left to start the fourth. He scored from third on Schierholtz’s sacrifice fly to center to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead.
Angel Pagan smacked a 1-0 pitch from Vogelsong over the brick wall in right to put the Mets ahead 2-1 in the fifth. The home run was Pagan’s third this season, and only the second Vogelsong has given up at home.
Schierholtz hit his first career home run into McCovey Cove to tie the score at 2 in the sixth. The homer was only the second splash shot of the season and 57th ever by a Giants player, with 35 belonging to all-time home run king Barry Bonds.
NOTES: Mets 1B Ike Davis exercised on a treadmill the last two days and felt good, manager Terry Collins said. Davis will decide in the next week or so whether to try to return or have season-ending surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left ankle, which has sidelined him since May 11. … The Giants placed 2B Bill Hall (left leg laceration) on the DL and recalled SS Mike Fontenot. … Announcers Al Michaels and Bob Costas called a portion of the game for the MLB Network and made appearances on the Mets and Giants broadcasts. It was the first time Michaels called a major league game since 1995.