Ryan Vogelsong is proving to be the Giants’ ace this postseason, pitching a no-hitter up until the 5th inning in San Francisco’s 5-1 win over the Cardinals Sunday.
With the win, the Giants force a do-or-die game seven Monday in San Francisco.
Setting a new career-high with 9 strikeouts, Vogelsong didn’t give up a hit until the 5th inning, when Daniel Descalso managed to get on base with two outs.
The Giants drew blood in the 1st, with Marco Scutaro scoring from third base on a ground out by Buster Posey. San Francisco then scored four times on three hits and an error in the 2nd. Brandon Belt led the inning off with a triple. Vogelsong then showed he was going to bunt, only to reset and hit a liner to shortstop that was muffed.
After a double that drove in two by Marco Scutaro, and a single by Pablo Sandoval that drove in Scutaro, the score after the 2nd inning was 5-0 Giants.
The Cardinals managed to avoid a shutout with a Carlos Beltran double in the 6th, then a single to drive Beltran home by Allen Craig.
Vogelsong was taken out after the 7th inning and was again given a standing ovation. Chris Carpenter stayed in for the Cardinals through the 4th.
The Giants scored again in the 8th, raising the score to 6-1.
Matt Cain is scheduled to pitch Monday for the Giants, going up against Kyle Lohse.