The San Francisco Giants reign over the Los Angeles Dodgers on their own patch continued last night with an extra-innings 3-1 victory, thanks to a Hector Sanchez fly ball sacrifice and a Brandon Belt RBI single.
With the Giants heading towards a 1-0 defensive master class after producing six shutout innings, the Dodgers sparked to life in front of their fans with a Brandon Hicks homer in the seventh. The home run forced a tenth innings but the Giants remained composed with all bases loaded and Sanchez stepped up while Belt added a second.
The Giants have now won six of their last seven games at Dodger Stadium and are finding their arch-rivals home rather comfortable.
But credit is due to San Francisco’s starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong who threw a season-high 7 1/3 innings shutout and only conceding five hits, all singles. Vogelsong is backed up by what is looking the strongest bullpen in the MLB this year after the Giants have left opponents scoreless in seven of their last eight games at the Dodgers.
Another highlight for the Giants in a fantastic display was the sharp fielding of Brandon Crawford with two double plays in the sixth and seventh innings. The infielder also stopped Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez making first base in the fourth and ninth innings respectively.
But Vogelsong’s performance will give the Giants extra confidence for the upcoming matches against the Braves and the Marlins. The pitcher is on a patch of good form presently after only conceding two runs in 20 1/3 innings in his last three games. With a 0.89 ERA in his last three, the pitcher is starting to make a serious improvement on his 7.71 ERA all-time record.
The 36-year-old recently became a free agent and this may have given him the extra motivation to be on top of his game and secure his place in the Giants roster.
Speaking to MLB.com, Vogelsong said: “A lot of my focus right now is not proving people wrong but proving the people right that believe in me.”
The Giants lead the four game series 1-0 with a 22-13 record overall.
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