After losing the series opener last night, the San Francisco Giants have evened the series with the Milwaukee Brewers with their 7-4 win tonight.
After pitching a complete game in two hours and six minutes in his last start, Ryan Vogelsong endured a much longer start today, due to a tighter strike zone.
Despite being on the mound much longer, Vogelsong had a solid outing tonight. In six innings, he allowed just one earned run, he walked just one, and he struck out three. Vogelsong impressively quieted down a potent Brewers’ lineup.
Mike Morse, Joe Panik, and Pablo Sandoval provided the offensive boost tonight. Morse had two consecutive days off before today’s game, which Bruce Bochy often gives a player who’s struggling, and it certainly paid off. Morse had two hits in four at-bats tonight, and he collected three RBI.
Morse started off the year displaying his immense power and collecting RBI on a regular basis. After having 20 and 18 RBI in April and May, Morse had just 11 in June and July combined. The fact that he was able to make an impact today from the plate with runners in scoring position after having a couple days off has got to be a good sign for the Giants.
Right now, Panik and Sandoval have the hottest bats on the Giants though. Panik tied his career-high tonight with three hits. Last time he had three hits in a game? Two days ago. His last hit, which gave the Giants a crucial insurance run and extended the Giants’ lead to 5-3 in the eighth inning, was his eighth hit in just three games.
At the beginning of the road trip, Panik was hitting .214. After his recent surge, he has now raised his average to .261. Giants’ second basemen have a collective batting average of .181 this season. If Panik can keep up this hot streak, he could become that everyday second baseman that the Giants need.
Sandoval has also been on quite the hot streak recently. Today, he went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a two-run home run in the eighth inning that extended the Giants’ lead to 7-3.
Homer No. 14 for Pablo Sandoval. He had 14 last year, 12 in 2012.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 7, 2014
The Giants could possibly get their leadoff man back for the series finale tomorrow. Angel Pagan arrived in Milwaukee a couple hours into the game tonight, and he could hit leadoff and start tomorrow for the Giants.