Game 2 pitching matchups: Vogelsong vs. Carpenter


Game 2 pitching matchups: Vogelsong vs. Carpenter

SAN FRANCISCO When the Giants needed to run the three-game table in Cincinnati, they sent the perfect, pugnacious pitcher to the mound to start their improbable task.The Giants need just as much fight from Ryan Vogelsong now.After dropping Game 1 of the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants need a win behind Vogelsong on Monday to split these first two games at home and reduce the series to a best-of-5 proposition.Vogelsong is coming off a determined start in which he held the Reds to a run in five innings, but he couldnt go deeper because of a pitch count that reached 95. Because Vogelsong has a stand-and-fight mentality, hell run deep counts to get the result he wants. The Cardinals are a feisty, deep and patient group, too. So Vogelsong will be hard pressed to work efficiently.EXTRA BAGGS: Vogelsong hears from an old friend before NLDS, etc.
The Giants could use length from a starting pitcher, though. The rotation, the supposed strength of the team, has recorded a grand total of two outs beyond the fifth inning in six postseason games.Vogelsong had a tremendous outing in his only start this season against the Cardinals, holding them to three hits and three walks while striking out three in seven shutout innings of a 15-0 victory on Aug. 8. The right-hander led the NL with a 2.27 ERA after that start, but then a run of rough outings took him off the leaderboard.Vogelsong doesnt have much history against most Cardinals hitters, with the exception of Carlos Beltran who is 4 for 11 with two doubles and a homer.Unlike Madison Bumgarner, who refuses to use a slide step, Vogelsong holds runners exceptionally well. They stole just 10 bases in 19 attempts against him.Vogelsong opposes Chris Carpenter, who has his own comeback story to tell. The right-hander was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series last season but didnt take the mound again until Sept. 21 because of shoulder and neck pain.After several months of rehab, Carpenter underwent an odd procedure that is growing in popularity among major league pitchers: he had a rib removed to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome, in which nerve canals are compressed as they exit the trunk.Carpenter was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA in three regular-season starts, then came up huge in his first postseason outing on Wednesday. He held the Washington Nationals to seven hits in 5 23 scoreless innings. It was the first time all season he exceeded 100 pitches, and he probably wont be allowed to throw many more than that against the Giants.STATS: St. Louis Cardinals full roster
There arent many Giants who have hit Carpenter well over his career, although Ryan Theriot is 7 for 15 against him. Hunter Pence has the most experience but is just a .182 hitter (4 for 22) with a home run and a triple.Theres a good chance the team that scores first will win. Both bullpens combined to give up just one hit over 10 23 innings in Game 1.

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game

Giants minor leaguer, Walnut Creek native pitches perfect game


A Giants minor leaguer made history on Tuesday night in Kentucky.

Left-handed pitcher Domenic Mazza pitched a perfect game for the Augusta GreenJackets against the Lexington Legends.

It is the first nine-inning perfect game in the history of the Class-A South Atlanta League.

Mazza needed just 85 pitches to complete the feat and struck out nine Legends batters in the effort. The last three outs were all flyball outs and the final out set off a wild celebration by GreenJackets players, who mobbed Mazza.

Including Tuesday's performance, the 22-year-old Mazza owns a 3.48 ERA in four starts for Augusta this season. In 2016, he made 14 starts for Augusta and compiled a 3.93 ERA.

Born in Walnut Creek, Mazza attended Clayton Valley High School and played his college ball at UC Santa Barbara. The Giants drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.