The San Francisco Giants finally lost a Barry Zito start on Tuesday night. Zito yielded an eight-run third inning, and the Giants couldn’t bail him out despite make a strong comeback bid.
Wednesday night, Ryan Vogelsong aims to put the Giants, and himself, back on track. Despite picking up his first win of the year against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, the right-hander struggled in the early going. He gave up four earned runs over six innings of work. After the Giants came back to earn him a win, he bared down to limit any further damage. Still, he has a 7.15 ERA in two starts.
Vogelsong will be making his first start against the Milwaukee Brewers since 2011. Lifetime against them, he’s 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in 11 games (six starts).
He will be opposed by Kyle Lohse, who the Brewers signed during the offseason. He took a 2-0 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals on Friday despite pitching seven innings of two-run ball. In his first start with the Brewers, he allowed just one run over six innings, picking up a no decision.
Lohse has a career 3.78 ERA against the Giants in five starts. The veteran didn’t pitch against San Francisco last year in the regular season, but he pitched against them in the NLCS, allowing six runs in 13.2 innings. He lost Game 7 to Matt Cain, who will pitch on Thursday.
- Hunter Pence has a lifetime .275 (14-for-51) batting average against Lohse
- Marco Scutaro is 7-for-20 against Lohse
- The Brewers only have a combined eight at-bats against Vogelsong
- Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford have both hit safely in their last nine games
- Jean Segura is hitting a National League-leading .425 in 11 games this year