Chief among the top performers for the Giants was pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, who went seven innings, gave up four hits and one run, walked two and struck out four. Vogelsong gave up an RBI hit to Chris Carpenter, but otherwise held the Cardinals down, sitting down 15 of the final 17 batters in his final five innings of work.
But Vogelsong acted as a one-man cavalry. That was an outing you assign in the first week of your Vogelsong appreciation course at the local junior college. And by local junior college, I mean airport bar. And by course, I mean guy listening too you because the room spins if he stands up to leave. That game had everything that makes Vogelsong good -- pitches low in the zone, a change he didn't show until the third time through the lineup, and a two-seamer that ate up right-handers.
The other big aspect to Monday's game was Marco Scutaro, who had the biggest hit of the game. Scutaro's long hit to center field helped to clear the bases and drive in three runs, turning a 2-1 San Francisco lead into a comfortable 5-1 advantage.
He might have gotten injured too (click on the image if the GIF isn't loading)
More on Brisbee on Scutaro.
While the initial reports are that the x-rays are negative on Scutaro's hip, he went to the hospital for an MRI. If that crap slide puts more Ryan Theriot in the lineup, man, I'm thinking class-action lawsuit. Post-Theriot Stress Disorder. I can't work, I can't drive ... all I see is Theriot dropping a pop-up and looking like an owl, and it's ruining my life, Your Honor.
The Giants play the Cardinals in Game 3 on Wednesday.