Vogelsong leads Giants to 3-1 win


Vogelsong leads Giants to 3-1 win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong has heard the critical words all year: One-hit wonder. Fluke.It fueled him every fifth day. It will fuel him for the next four months.Vogelsong wrapped up his extraordinary, improbable comeback season with one final gem for the home Giants crowd.The All-Star right-hander pitched seven shutout innings, Mike Fontenot hit a two-run triple and San Francisco beat the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Monday night.This winter, at last, Vogelsong will allow himself some time to reflect on his remarkable 2011 run - as he sits on his couch and watches reruns of "The Franchise.""I haven't had much time to really think about it," Vogelsong said. "Once I get home and melt down a little bit from the season, it's going to be a lot of good thoughts and I'm probably going to realize how amazing it all is. It's been fun, it really has. All I can hope for right now is that I keep it going, come back and do it again."Brett Pill had two hits and drove in a run and Pablo Sandoval added a pair of singles and his first career sacrifice bunt for the Giants, who ended a four-game losing streak with their fifth straight home win at soldout AT&T Park.The switch-hitting Sandoval bunted left-handed because he couldn't find his batting helmet to hit righty.Mark Ellis - back in the Bay Area after being traded by the Oakland Athletics this summer - had two hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who lost for the 10th time in 12 games and have dropped six in a row to the Giants. Seth Smith also had two hits.Vogelsong (13-7) won his third consecutive start following a five-game losing streak and improved to 4-0 this year against Colorado. He allowed four hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He retired 17 of 18 during one stretch.The journeyman Vogelsong became an unlikely All-Star and among the most reliable pitchers for the reigning World Series champions - at age 34."My years in baseball, it's the best story of a guy who has persevered like he did to get another shot at pitching in the big leagues," manager Bruce Bochy said.A non-roster invitee to spring training on a minor league deal, Vogelsong emerged during Barry Zito's first stint on the disabled list. Vogelsong toiled through three seasons in the Japanese League before Triple-A stints last year for the Phillies and Angels. In the Bay Area with the team that originally drafted him in the fifth round in 1998."I've got a lot of motivation to come back and do this again and not be the one-hit wonder," Vogelsong said. "I've heard the things through the season - 'it's going to end' and 'he's a fluke' - and that stuff drove me all year and it's going to drive me through the offseason."Jhoulys Chacin (11-14) took the loss despite a solid outing. He gave up the two runs on eight hits over seven innings. Chacin walked one and struck out three.Ellis' RBI single in the eighth ended Sergio Romo's 21 2-3 scoreless inning streak, a span of 29 games.Romo got through the eighth, Javier Lopez got an out and Santiago Casilla finished off the game for his sixth save in seven chances.Vogelsong allowed three or fewer runs in 23 of his 28 starts this season and increased his lead among Giants pitchers with his 12th hit.Chacin lost his fourth straight start after not receiving any run support for the second straight game and fourth this year."I finished the season strong and healthy," Chacin said. "I'd like to get 200 innings next year if I'm healthy."Chacin (11-14) gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out three. Fontenot drilled a two-out, two-strike pitch from Chacin into the right-center field gap for a triple, driving in two runs in the third inning."It was a pitch I wanted to make but I guess I didn't get it away enough for him to hit it that far," Chacin said. "I was focusing on the glove and trying to hit the glove."Fontenot's triple capped a two-out rally in the third after Vogelsong singled and Andres Torres walked ahead of him.After stranding five runners in scoring position, Ellis' two-out single in the eighth put the Rockies on the board.Pill added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.Bochy said closer Brian Wilson won't pitch again this season in order to protect his troublesome elbow. Wilson didn't seem happy about the decision after the game."I'm not going to talk about myself," he said before making a quick exit.NOTES: Vogelsong didn't walk a batter for the first time since April 22 vs. Atlanta. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez had his injured right wrist examined by 49er team doctor Tim McAdams, who confirmed a deep bone bruise and tendon inflammation. ... Colorado hitting coach Carney Lansford said he will likely undergo right hip replacement surgery sometime in October. ... RHP Alex White (3-3, 7.04) will start Tuesday's game for the Rockies. He's lost his last two starts, giving up 11 runs in 10 1-3 innings. The Rockies won each of his first four starts and six of his first seven. ... LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-13, 3.32) pitches for the Giants on Tuesday. He had a five-game winning streak snapped in his last start. He's 1-3 in six career starts against the Rockies, but with a 2.43 ERA. ... Rachael Flatt, the 2010 women's national figure skating champion, and San Jose Sharks' players Torey Mitchell and Logan Couture were among those in attendance. ... Rockies' manager Jim Tracy said he doesn't expect to use Huston Street the rest of the way as the pitcher nurses a groin injury. Street experienced discomfort after his last throwing session. ... The Giants set an all-time attendance record with 3,303,060.

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

Unhappy Buster Posey bashes Phillies closer after hit-by-pitch

In what was set up to be a pivotal matchup of the game turned into a heated exchange.

Buster Posey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against Phillies closer Hector Neris.

But Posey never got to swing the bat. On the first pitch, Neris drilled the Giants catcher in the ribs with a 95 MPH fastball.

Posey whinced in pain and as he walked to first base, he appeared to ask Neris if the pitch was on purpose.

After the game, Posey was asked about the kerfuffle.

"I'm pretty certain he hit me on purpose. And it's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out," Posey told reporters after the game.

Posey was asked if he could think of any incidents in previous games against the Phillies that could have led to the hit-by-pitch. He said no and asked the reporters if they could think of anything.

Posey's comments were brought to Neris after the game.

"It's stupid because nobody who watched that said, 'Oh he hit him on purpose in that situation,'" Neris told reporters, according to the Philly Inquirer.

Posey and Neris have faced each other just one time in the past. In the ninth inning of the June 3 matchup in Philadelphia, Posey flew out to left field.

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention

Strickland hammered by Phils, Giants officially eliminated from NL West contention


SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings in one of his best starts this season, took a line drive off his left shin and hit an RBI single that temporarily gave the Giants an early lead.

The reward? A heaping of praise from manager Bruce Bochy, handshakes from his teammates and another no-decision - Bumgarner's third in eight starts since coming off the disabled list.

Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins homered again, Pedro Florimon contributed with his bat and arm, and the Phillies scored three runs in the eighth to beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

In what has been a theme for San Francisco much of the season, Bumgarner's efforts were overshadowed by another meltdown from the Giants' bullpen.

"I thought it was a good day for Madison," Bochy said. "We had it lined up like we wanted as far as the bullpen. (Hunter Strickland) just had an off day making some mistakes."

Bumgarner allowed one run and four hits. He stayed in despite taking a sharp line drive off his left shin in the second inning by Nick Williams - earlier this month, Williams hit Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the triceps with a line drive, forcing him from the game.

"I tried to do a kick save but I wasn't very good at soccer," Bumgarner said. "It almost worked out."

Hoskins connected for a solo drive in the ninth inning, making him the first Phillies player in at least 100 years to hit five home runs in his first 11 major league games.

"I got to better counts, I think this week, and the results show," Hoskins said.

Florimon hit a two-run single off Strickland (2-3) to cap a three-run eighth inning that made it 4-2. Florimon also had an RBI double off Bumgarner in the second, then made a sparkling defensive play in left field to throw out Buster Posey at the plate in the bottom of the inning.

It was Florimon's first major league game in left field.

"I just try to catch the ball and throw the ball to home plate and see what happens," Florimon said. "I made a good throw."

Adam Morgan (2-1) retired three batters for the win, a day after throwing just one pitch and getting the victory.

Hector Neris pitched 1 1/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out Pablo Sandoval with the bases loaded to end the eighth after hitting Posey in the back with a pitch, then fanned Denard Span with two on in the ninth to end it.

The Phillies won the season series against the Giants for the first time since 2011.

Philadelphia trailed 2-1 going into the eighth. Hoskins and Maikel Franco hit consecutive one-out singles before Jorge Alfaro tied it with an RBI single. After Williams singled to load the bases, Florimon slapped a 1-2 pitch into right field.

Posey had two hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak against the Phillies to 22 games. Kelby Tomlinson scored a run and Ryder Jones doubled and scored for San Francisco.

Posey had a rough afternoon physically. In addition to taking a 95 mph fastball in the back, Posey also appeared to get hurt while tagging out a sliding Cameron Perkins at the plate in the second.

Afterward, the Giants' All-Star catcher voiced his displeasure about Neris.

"I'm certain that he hit me on purpose," Posey said. "It's just a shame because I wanted to compete that at-bat and he's got good stuff. But I guess he didn't feel like he could get me out."

Giants 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) continues to make steady progress and could come off the disabled list in time to join San Francisco on its upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Arizona.

Phillies: The team gets an off day before hosting Miami in a doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Dan Straily (7-8, 3.80 ERA) pitches in the first game and RHP Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61 ERA) goes in the nightcap.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91) faces Milwaukee on Monday.