With a five-game winning streak and a beauteous record (42-21, exactly twice as many wins as losses) on the line, the Nationals behind Stephen Strasburg and Denard Span routed the Giants in the first game of a four-game series.
Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants’ number five starter, suffered six extra-base hits, tying his career record. Three of them came from the bat of the lead-off hitter, Denard Span who doubled, twice, and tripled. The rout was on and, further, admitted in the seventh when the Giants pulled half of their position players.
Strasburg lowered his ERA to 2.99 permitting one run, earned, in six innings. Vogelsong allowed six in six while his ERA climbed to 3.84. The victory allowed the Nationals to keep pace with the Braves, victors over the Colorado Rockettes, 3-1, with whom they share a 33-29 record.
The Giants lost a game of their lead over the Dodgers, who defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2.
The Giants look to return to the winning column when they send Madison Bumgarner to the mound to face Doug Fister in his third start after returning to action from the disabled list. Fister brings an ERA of 3.19 to duel with Bumgarner’s 2.68.
13 May 14
It wasn’t pretty. Ryan Vogelsong’s pitching proficiency crumbled while striking out 8. Buster Posey missed a tag as he continues to refine put outs at home without blocking home. Pagan, Posey, Morse, Hicks, and Crawford went hitless as the Giants gathered only 5 hits altogether.
The Braves’ Mike Minor won his first game in three starts striking out 6, allowing 3 hits, walking two, and giving up no runs.
The loss left the Giants at 25-15, 2.5 in front of the Rockies, and 3.5 in front of the Dodgers. The rubber game of the series is a day game tomorrow with Bumgarner squaring off against Teheran.
8 May 14
Throughout the game, beachballs and inflatable seats bounced around the stands at Chavez Ravine whilst the Giants concentrated on pitching and defense. Then, in the tenth, the Giants added some timely hitting in a sacrifice fly by Hector Sanchez and a single by Brandon Belt to defeat their archrivals, 3-1.
Ryan Vogelsong, making his third impressive start consecutively, allowed a measly run in 7.1 innings. He allowed 5 hits, struck out 2, and walked 2. Over those three starts, he lowered his ERA to 3.93 from a stratospheric 7.71.
Brandon Crawford, short, made three outstanding plays after a sharply hit grounder off the bat of Yasiel Puig burned him up. Crawford saved a run in the fourth to frustrate Adrian Gonzalez, and he robbed Hanley Ramirez in the ninth.
Josh Becket started for the Hollywood-ers and fell behind the count numerous times though he never was made to pay for his spotty pitching: the Giants’ timely hitting was to come after he left the game in search of a shower.
Dodgers’ relievers J.P. Howell and Jamey Wright walked the bases loaded in the tenth, setting the stage for Sanchez’ sacrifice fly and Belt’s insurance single.
The Giants moved to 5-2 on the road trip with three more games in Los Angeles. They widened their lead over the Rockies (who were shut-out by Texas of the American League) and to 3.5 over the refugees from Brooklyn.