Ryan Vogelsong entered tonight’s start against the Braves with a 7.20 ERA on the season, and left with a 7.78 ERA, the highest among qualified National League starters.
The veteran right-hander was pummeled yet again, allowing six earned runs in 4.1 innings as the Giants dropped the opening game of the series to the Braves by the score of 6-3.
The fifth inning was Vogelsong’s undoing. With the Giants up 3-2, he gave up two triples, an RBI groundout, and an RBI single to squander the advantage just like that.
Jose Mijares came in to replace Vogelsong, but he didn’t exactly stop the bleeding. Brian McCann and B.J. Upton each hit RBI singles and extended the lead to 6-3 Braves, and the Giants’ bats were quiet the rest of the night in defeat.
Up until the fifth inning, the star of the game was Buster Posey, who knocked in all three of the Giants’ runs with a two-out RBI single in the first and a two-run homer in the third after a hard-fought battle with Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Teheran had a solid outing, going seven innings and allowing just the three runs.
With the loss, the Giants are now 20-15 and fall back into a tie with the Rockies for the top spot in the NL West. Tomorrow night, two workhorses in Matt Cain and Tim Hudson will square off in the second of this four-game series.