DENVER – The Giants made it through Thursday’s game while spending only Jeremy Affeldt and Sergio Romo in the bullpen, so right-hander Ryan Vogelsong threw his usual side session Friday.
In other words, you can put Vogelsong in ink to make his start Monday against the Washington Nationals at AT&T Park.
You can jot down the Rockies’ rotation for the remainder of this series, too. It’ll be right-hander Tyler Chatwood on Saturday against Tim Lincecum and right-hander Juan Nicasio on Sunday against Barry Zito.
Brett Pill gets a start against left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who has been very tough for Colorado while posting a 2.98 ERA in eight starts. His splits are about even, but with right-handers going the next two days, it was a good spot for Giants manager Bruce Bochy to give Pill a start. Brandon Belt will start the next two days.
No, first base is not a platoon. This is more about involving Pill and getting him some at-bats to stay sharp for when he’s needed off the bench in the future. When you call someone up, you don’t want to keep them sitting for long.
Marco Scutaro’s hitting streak is at 15 games and the Giants came up with a good stat about him: Since he came over from Colorado in a trade last July, he has more hits in the majors than anyone else in the big leagues. Scutaro has 137. Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter are next, with 134.
I asked Scutaro why he took a walk in the eighth inning Wednesday in a blowout loss at Toronto when he had a hitting streak on the line. (He got another at-bat in the ninth and singled.)
“I don’t care about stats,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going to hit in 56 straight.”