Ryan Vogelsong received a very warm ovation from the Giants crowd last night and then went out and despite not being sharp, defeated the Giants in his return to San Francisco thanks to the Pirates bats. Vogelsong was drafted by the Giants, debuted with them in 2000 and pitched again for them from 2011 until last season before signing with the Bucs.
Gregory Polanco batted eighth last night against the lefty Matt Moore and recorded four RBIs, included a laser home run to right field that landed in the bay. The home run is Polanco’s team-leading 17th bomb. If Polanco starts to hit lefties with consistency, look out.
Andrew McCutchen had another strong performance with two hits, two RBIs and a fantastic catch in center to rob the Giants of at least two runs. Starling Marte had his usual outing, two hits, double, drove in a run and added an outfield assist to bail out Vogelsong early in the game.
Vogelsong’s final line didn’t look great, but he was having an okay start until he gave up two solo shots in the 6th inning when Hurdle had seen enough…finally. The bullpen came in and did its job with Bastardo, Rivero and Feliz holding down the fort. Don’t look now but Felipe Rivero has tossed a scoreless 7.2 innings since coming to Pittsburgh at the deadline. Tony Watson, however, gave up an unearned run in a non-save opportunity. Thankfully the Pirates have been giving Watson more than a one-run lead, but consider me slightly worried about him in the closer role down the stretch.