The San Francisco Giants streak of starting pitching excellence ended with a mighty thud at Scottsdale Stadium Saturday as Ryan Vogelsong was touched for seven runs and couldn’t get out of the third inning of an 18-3 Cactus League loss to the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners (8-3) hung up four in the first, five in the third, three in the seventh and five in the eighth, banging out 18 hits.
It was that kind of day for the Giants, whose starting pitcher had been dominant to start spring training. They came in allowing just one run in 23 innings.
CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly reported via Twitter that both players will be scratched on Sunday:
Morse (calf), Pence (left elbow) even follow each other to trainer’s room. Bochy will scratch both tomorrow. Injuries considered minor.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 8, 2014
Vogelsong (1-1) allowed seven runs, four earned on six hits and a walk in 2.1 innings, striking out two. But he wasn’t the only Giants pitcher to run into trouble. Yusmeiro Petit was charged with two unearned runs on three hits in 2.2 innings, Javier Lopez surrendered three runs in his one inning of work and Sergio Romo didn’t record an out in the eighth while allowing five runs on three hits and a pair of walks.
Romo’s spring training ERA is an alarming 33.00. Mason Tobin was charged with a run on two hits in the ninth.
The Giants mustered six hits on the day.
San Francisco will play two on Sunday, with a split squad heading to Camelback Ranch to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. Pacific and a split squad staying home to play a group of Giants Future Stars at Scottsdale Stadium, also at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.