The best sign from Ryan Vogelsong's Cactus League debut could be found in his eyes. He had that robotic laser focus that is uniquely his.

"There was definitely a lot more intensity today than I've had before, and definitely more nerves, for a first spring-training game," Vogelsong said Friday after throwing two shutout innings in the Giants' 4-3 split-squad victory against the Brewers. "You guys know me. I'm always intense, but it came easy today. It wasn't forced. It wasn't like I had to talk myself into getting ready to throw a game today.

"That's the way it was in 2011 and 2012," he said, referring to his two good Giants seasons.

Vogelsong's 2013 season was terrible. The Giants took a risk by not only re-signing him but also handing him a rotation spot while unsure if last year was an anomaly or merely a pitcher declining with age and innings.

On Friday, he hung a curveball that Jeff Bianchi hit for a triple, but otherwise got outs, including a strikeout of Mark Reynolds. Vogelsong's fastball mostly sat at 88, 89 mph. Fans are going to put a lot of stock in Vogelsong's radar readings, but manager Bruce Bochy said right now he cares only that the 36-year-old hits his spots.

"If that's all I have all year with that location, I'll take it," Vogelsong said. "I worked really hard on my delivery this offseason. I want to make my location more consistent than last year. You can talk about velocity all you want, but location is what hurt me last year. ... The ball felt good coming out of my hand, and that's the most important thing."