The San Francisco Giants' offense has been coming through in the clutch as of late, although Clayton Kershaw put a bit of a damper on it last night. Nevertheless, the G-Men were determined to get a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday evening, and behind another solid performance from Ryan Vogelsong the offense exploded for a 12 hit, 8-5 victory at Dodger Stadium.
Rookies Brett Pill and Justin Christian lead the way for San Francisco tonight, both going 3-5 with a double with Pill with two RBI and Christian with three. Mike Fontenot had a two RBI single in the fifth, while Mark DeRosa added an insurance RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to ensure a Giants victory. Carlos Beltran went 1-2 with a double, while Pablo Sandoval made another pinch hit appearance, lining one to the second baseman in the eighth with the bases loaded.
Vogelsong (W 12-7) was cruising through the Boys in Blue until the fifth when Matt Kemp launched a three-run homer to bring the Dodgers with in one run, eventually knocking him out of the game. Vogey would end up allowing four runs on nine hits, along with one walk and three strikeouts. Santiago Casilla would allow two base runners in the bottom of the ninth, prompting Bruce Bochy to bring in Brian Wilson, closing it out for his 36th save of the year.
The Giants gained on the Braves in the Wild Card with their loss 4-0 to Florida, though gained nothing in the NL West race as Arizona beat Pittsburgh 8-5. They stay 5.5 games behind the D'backs, while only 3.5 back in the Wild Card, with St. Louis only 1.5 games back.
Full box score can be found here.
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