Ryan Vogelsong gave the San Francisco Giants his best outing of the spring on Thursday, working five innings and allowing four hits and a solo homer in a 4-4 tie with the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium that was called after nine innings.
Manager Bruce Bochy also made successful use of baseball’s new video review system, challenging a call on a bang-bang play at first base in the second inning when Juan Perez hit a chopper to shortstop in what was initially ruled an inning-ending double play. Bochy asked for a review on the call at first and it was overturned. It went for naught, however; Brandon Hicks grounded out to end the inning.
The only blemish for Vogelsong came in the botton of the third when he served up a line drive home run to Shin-Soo Choo. Vogelsong now has a 5.11 ERA in 12.1 innings this spring.
The Giants staked Vogelsong to a 4-1 lead, getting single runs in the third and fourth innings and scoring two more in the fifth.
San Francisco got some two-out magic going in the third when Brandon Crawford singled to right, Pablo Sandoval worked a walk and Roger Kieschnick lined a single to right to bring home Crawford—all after two were out.
Texas tied it on Choo’s homer in the third, but the Giants got the lead right back in the fourth when Andrew Susac led off the inning with his first home run of the spring, launching a shot to left-center off Texas pitcher Michael Kirkman.
In the fifth, Sandoval reached on a one out single and moved up to second on Kirkman’s wild pitch. After Kieschnick was rung up on strikes, Mark Minicozzi singled to left to keep the inning alive. Susac reached on a slow roller to short that scored Sandoval and after Perez walked, Brandon Hicks worked a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1.
The Giants bullpen, though, couldn’t hold it. The Rangers got a run in the seventh off reliever Juan Gutierrez when Engel Beltre grounded an RBI single through the left side. Texas then picked up two runs in the eighth off Jose De Paula on a two-run single by Kevin Kouzmanoff.
After Jake Dunning set the Rangers down in order in the bottom of the ninth, the game was called.
The Giants had 10 hits, two each for Kieschnick, Crawford and Susac.
San Francisco returns to Scottsdale Stadiun Friday to host a split squad from the Colorado Rockies at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.