San Francisco, CA -- It's too early in the season to predict who will win a Golden Glove but one pitcher is certainly making a case for one. An outstanding performance on the mound led to all being in sync for the win.
Ryan Vogelsong pitched the Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. A year later the 2011 All-Star has the 3rd lowest ERA (2.38) in the Majors. San Francisco has won behind his last six starts and are 8-3 overall when he takes the field.
"You have to execute and Vogey's as good as anybody at doing that," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Vogelsong got the offense going in the third when he singled up center field and scored off Ian Kinsler's throwing error to first. That 1-0 lead was the momentum the Giants needed. Ryan Theriot hit an RBI single in the fifth and Nate Shierholtz tripled in Angel Pagan in the sixth.
Pagan's double scored in Pablo Sandoval who returned to the lineup and received a warm welcome from the sellout crowd. Sandoval went 1-for-4 with a single to bring in Gregor Blanco. But the standing ovation went to Ryan.
"The energy in this place gets me going," said Vogelsong. "The fans here bring it every single night and I feed off that."
The Rangers rallied late for a comeback but their hole was to deep to climb out of. Pinch hitter Mitch Moreland leadoff the eighth with a home run. And Mike Napoli blasted a solo home run to left field. Down by two Texas had no hope against San Francisco's defense.
"Today wasn't our day," Michael Young said. "We didn't hit well enough to win. It wasn't our cleanest day defensively but we didn't swing the bat well enough today. We swung the bats good last night, we didn't tonight."
Texas committed three errors behind a passed ball, wild pitch and a balk. Scott Feldman allowed four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Feldman has now lost five consecutive starts. But collectively the Rangers lost as a team without pointing the fingers.
"I mean, you know what, it's disappointing we didn't win," said Scott. "But I can still take some positives out of it. I threw the ball well. It was one of those days where we didn't get many breaks as a team and they were able to scrape a few runs across."