So, that didn't work out at all. The best laid plans by the San Francisco Giants were axed as they were blanked in a 3-0 shutout by the Cincinnati Reds. The best laid plans were, of course, the plan of having Madison Bumgarner pitch an excellent game and pick up his third win with marginal run support. Well that didn't happen at all, in regards to the run support. Bumgarner was handed the loss while playing well, and moves to something like 2-849389 on the season in thirteen starts.
Now, they'll move on to their pitching juggernaut of the season: Ryan Vogelsong. Yeah, isn't that a weird thing to read still? Of course it is, because it's not entirely true, in that he's not a juggernaut by any means, but he has been really really good. After replacing Barry Zito in the lineup, Vogelsong has went 4-1 with a 1.68 earned run average in ten games (eight starts), and an impressive 0.69 ERA in his last six games.
So you know, nothing special or anything like that.
Vogelsong picked up the win in his last outing, allowing one run to the Colorado Rockies over eight innings. He doesn't have the most impressive stats against the Reds in the past, but this is Vogelsong 2.0, so the 6.15 ERA in eleven meetings with the team is suspect at best in regards to relevance. Bumgarner wasn't impressive against the Reds in his only other outing, and he pitched a great game one.
Travis Wood is taking the mound for the Reds, coming off an extremely bad game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last outing. He walked five and gave up eight runs in just under five innings of work. He's 4-4 on the season with a 5.72 ERA, but before that outing he had been pretty good, so it's a toss-up in that regard.
The game is set for 7:15 p.m. tonight and will be on CSN Bay Area.