The Giants and Ryan Vogelsong are back in the same place they were five days ago. Vogelsong is trying to find encouragement in the few things that went right in another abbreviated start. And the Giants are trying to figure out if they have any better short-term options for their rotation. Manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t say whether or not Vogelsong would take his next turn, which would be Monday when the Giants start a homestand against the Washington Nationals. The club could give their inspirational right-hander a timeout and hand the ball to Chad Gaudin, who actually threw more pitches (72) in 3 1/3 relief innings than Vogelsong did in his two (64). “I don’t want to say now what we may do or (spell out) our options,” Bochy said. “He’s fighting. He’s really fighting hard.” Vogelsong was fighting an uphill battle in the rain. Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro made errors that allowed two of the first four batters to reach base, opening up what became a five-run first inning that was every bit as ghastly as Barry Zito’s opening frame a day earlier. “It’s not always sunshine and roses out there, you know?” Vogelsong said. “You’ve got to find a way to play through it and get outs.” Vogelsong is now 1-4 with an 8.06 ERA. He allowed his 10th and 11th home runs of the season Wednesday while making his shortest major league outing in almost nine years. He owns one quality start out of eight. Yet it was hard to evaluate his night. As Bochy pointed out, the errors caused him to work harder and throw more pitches, which might have affected his location as the Blue Jays added three more runs in the second inning “Probably the worst thing that could have happened happened for Vogey,” Bochy said. “We’re trying all we can to get him in track. He’s trying his hardest. You work as hard as he did and you’ll lose a little command.” Bochy also acknowledged that “I think Vogey will tell you he made some mistakes.” Bochy went out to see Vogelsong amid the second inning, to make sure he still felt OK physically. He had hoped to save his bullpen a little longer with four games looming at Coors Field. But when Vogelsong ran another deep count before getting through the inning, Bochy decided he’d seen enough. “I don’t want three innings and 80 pitches,” he said. “That’s when you start to get concerned.”
Ryan Vogelsong: 'It's not always sunshine and roses'
CSN Bay Area | May 16