The San Francisco Giants defeated the Miami Marlins by the final score of 4-1 ending in four-game series split. This brings the Giants to an NL West leading 28-17. They are now three games ahead of the Rockies in the division.
On the bump this afternoon for the Giants was Ryan Vogelsong who earned his second victory of the season. The veteran right-hander threw seven innings and didn’t allow a run while conceding five hits and a walk compared to six strikeouts.
After Vogelsong left the bullpen allowed just one run, which was when Jeremy Affeldt was on the mound, but it was enough to get the job done. Sergio Romo would come in for the ninth and pick up his 15th save of the season.
Offensively the San Francisco Giants did most of their damage in the home-half of the first inning scoring three runs off of starter Jacob Turner.
Gregor Blanco got everything started by getting on base after being hit by a pitch and then stealing second while Hunter Pence was at bat. Blanco would eventually score on a Buster Posey sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
After that the Giants went on a two-out rally by hitting four consecutive singles starting with Pablo Sandoval and ending with Brandon Hicks. During that process San Francisco scored two more runs, first on an RBI single by Tyler Colvin to bring Sandoval home and then Hicks’ single which brough Michael Morse in to make it 3-0.
Sandoval would add one more run against Turner on a solo home run and at that point it was 4-0.
The San Francico Giants now head to second-place Colorado for a three-game series against the Rockies starting on Tuesday. The pitching matchup is scheduled to be Madison Bumgarner (5-3, 3.20 ERA) versus Franklin Morales (3-3, 5.40 ERA).
Morales has struggled as of late allowing at least four runs in his last four starts and only going as far as the sixth inning in any of those outings. Meanwhile, Bumgarner has picked up three-straight wins in successive starts and will look to make it four on Tuesday against a divisional foe.