The Giants had no answer for Ivan Nova on Saturday afternoon, as the right-hander tossed a complete game shutout to propel the Yankees to a 6-0 win.
Ryan Vogelsong, on the other hand, struggled. He surrendered five runs in five innings of work while allowing five hits. The right-hander has a 7.57 ERA over his last five starts, and his ERA for the year (5.90) continues to border 6.00.
Vogelsong pitched two clean innings to start the game, but in the third, the Yankees battered him around for three runs. He yielded back-to-back hits to start the frame, and proceeded to walk a batter to load the bases.
Trying to limit the damage, Vogelsong gave up his first run on Ichiro Suzuki’s sacrifice fly. Next up was Alex Rodriguez. Vogelsong jammed him partially, but Rodriguez’s soft grounder up the middle managed to score a run.
To cap the scoring, Robinson Cano softly grounded a single through an open left side of the infield to make the score 3-0. Pablo Sandoval broke to hold the runner on third base mid-pitch, a questionable move. Still, he probably wouldn’t have gotten to the ball had he stood his normal position.
That was it for the ground ball outs and hits, but the Yankees broke out the long ball. Eduardo Núñez sent a two-run homer into the bleachers in the fourth, and Alfonso Soriano’s towering shot off Guillermo Moscoso made it 6-0 in the sixth.
The Giants scattered six hits off Nova, as just two runs reached second base.