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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Giants’ run of superlative starting pitching hit a thud on Saturday, and Ryan Vogelsong won’t just shrug it off as a bad day under the Arizona sun.
“No, no, I internalize a lot,” said Vogelsong, after the Seattle Mariners tagged him for a pair of two-run home runs, and seven runs in all, in 2 1/3 innings Saturday.
“That’s how you learn. I’m not going to just brush it off and say it was a bad outing. You need to analyze it and fix it, so that’s what I’ll do.”
Entering Saturday, the Giants’ starting five had allowed a grand total of one earned run in 23 innings this spring. That 0.39 ERA took a beating just a few pitches into Vogelsong’s start.
Endy Chavez singled and Brad Miller cranked went deep on a 2-1 changeup that came out of Vogelsong’s hand too firm. Ty Kelly followed with a double and Vogelsong tried to backdoor a 1-2 cutter that stayed over the plate to Michael Saunders, who deposited it in the bullpen beyond the right field fence.
The Mariners scored another in the third inning after a walk, a Vogelsong fielding error on a comebacker and an RBI single by Saunders up the middle. With his pitch count reached, Vogelsong yielded to Yusmeiro Petit, who cashed in both inherited runners.
Five of the runs against Vogelsong were earned, in case you have him on your Cactus League fantasy team. The rotation ERA ended the day with a 2.13 ERA.
Vogelsong’s fastball was 87-90 mph, which is on par with his velocity the rest of the spring. He said the problem this time was that he “got stuck between my old way and the new way.”
Vogelsong worked all winter on mechanical tweaks that would allow him to keep a more direct line to the plate, allowing his stuff to break later and not spin back over the plate.
“It felt good in the bullpen,” Vogelsong said. “I’m not sure if the adrenaline kicked in. I’ve got to do a better job of paying attention to it, just pay attention to details a little better.”
There is a difference, after all, between internalizing and fretting.
“I couldn’t do what I wanted to do,” said Vogelsong, “But I wasn’t as off as I looked.