Let’s put the 1-5 road-trip behind us, and just be glad it’s in the past. The San Francisco Giants kicked off a homestand last night with a big win over the Nationals. Ryan Vogelsong looked like he finally found his groove till he fractured his finger and dislocated his joint in the pinky finger (pitching hand). He’s scheduled to have surgery today, and is likely out for 6 weeks or more.
The Giants have an off day before Vogelsong’s spot in the rotation, so they don’t have to add another starter as of yet. However, I would think they would, so the rest of the staff can use that extra day of rest.
Chad Gaudin is in the running to fill that spot in the rotation, or the Giants can call up Mike Kickham and give him a shot to hold it down till Vogelsong returns. Kickham’s 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last 4 starts.
Infielder Marco Scutaro is in the midst of a 18-game hitting streak. At the start of his streak, he was hitting .215. Now he’s leading the team with a .333 average. Scutaro has racked up 36 hits during this streak, and there’s no sign of him slowing down! He’s coming off a multi-hit game, and has had 14 multi-hit games during this 18-game streak.
Tonight’s Pitching Matchup
The Nationals are sending pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg to the mound. He currently has a 2-5 record, but don’t let that record fool you. He also has a 2.99 ERA, and is coming off a 1-run performance in 8 innings pitched against the Padres. Matt Cain gets the ball for the Giants. Cain is 3-2 with a 5.43 ERA, and looks to keep the Giants on track at home.
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