It was an interesting night for the San Francisco Giants. On one hand, they coasted to an 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals. But on the other hand, Ryan Vogelsong fractured his right hand (throwing hand), and is expected to be out for at least six weeks.
Vogelsong was amid his best start of the year before being clanked. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits against one walk and two strike outs. After Vogelsong exited, Washington’s hit total remained at three for the remainder of the game.
Vogelsong injured himself while swinging at a fastball delivered by Craig Stammen. The pitch was high and tight, but Vogelsong went around, which put him in a vulnerable position with his hands.
Thanks to encouraging performances from Brandon Belt, four hits, and Andres Torres, three hits, Vogelsong picked up his second win of the year.
San Francisco scored two runs in the second inning. Torres contributed with an RBI double off Zach Duke, and Brandon Crawford’s slow-rolling ground ball plated the second run.
The Giants erupted for three runs in the fourth inning, as Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro, who extended his hit streak to 18 games, both drove in runs. Further, the Nationals couldn’t handle Vogelsong’s sacrifice bunt, which allowed a run to score. Vogelsong was thrown out at first, but Washington wasted an opportunity to cut down a run.
Belt added to the Giants’ 5-0 lead with a solo home run in the sixth inning, and Pagan drove in his second and third runs with a single in the seventh.