Ryan Vogelsong provided the Giants with their first quality outing by a starting pitcher this postseason, as San Francisco rolled to a 7–1 win against St. Louis.
With the win, the Giants evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1. The next game will be played Wednesday in St. Louis.
The Giants scored early with a lead-off home run by Angel Pagan in the first inning. St. Louis managed to even the score in the top of the second, however, when Cardinals pitcher managed to drive in a run with a double to deep center field.
It was the bottom of the fourth inning where the Giants bats awoke. Brandon Belt managed get on base with a double; then Gregor Blanco managed to squeeze a hit past third. Then, with runners on first and third and only one out, a throwing error by the first baseman on a Brandon Crawford grounder put the Giants up 2-1.
Carpenter then walked Angel Pagan, loading the bases. Marco Scutaro – who was drilled by Matt Holiday running to second in the first inning – then hit a bases clearing double, raising the score to 5-1.
Vogelsong stayed in through the seventh inning, throwing 106 pitches. He was given a standing ovation by the crowd as he came off the field.
Ryan Theriot, who replaced Scutaro at second base, added two runs in the bottom of the eigth with a 1-out single with the bases loaded, raising the score to 7-1.
Notes: Scutaro was taken out of the game and was said to be getting x-rays on his left hip. His condition has not been released at this time … Giants closer Sergio Romo pitched the ninth inning even though it wasn’t a save situation.