What happened last night? Umm… not as much as some people might think, though the Giants are under a certain incentive to win tonight.
First of all it was a tight game, 3 – 2 is not a convincing victory. Strategically Ned Yost is an idiot for not starting Vogelsong because he’ll only be available for Game 7 which you theoretically also have a Bumgarden on short rest to handle.
And assuming of course that the Royals won’t sweep out but I don’t see that happening. They’ll face Bumgarden at least once more and their bats were nothing special.
Top 1st, Leadoff Double, Sacrifice, RBI Sacrifice, Royals 1 – 0.
Top 6th, Single, RBI Double, RBI Single, Royals 3 – 0.
Bottom 6th, Leadoff Single, RBI Double, Walk, Sacrifice, RBI Sacrifice, Royals 3 – 2.
Game Over Dude.
Starting tonight for the Giants is Ryan Vogelsong (R, 8 – 13, ERA 4.00). He’s made 2 appearences but has no decisions Post Season and an ERA of 5.19 based on 8.2 Innings Pitched with 9 Hits, 1 Home Run, and 5 Runs Scored.
He will be matched for the Royals by Jason Vargas (L, 11 – 10, ERA 3.71). Post Season he has made 2 appearences with 1 Win and an ERA of 2.38 based on 11.1 Innings Pitched with 5 hits, and 3 Runs Scored.
So on paper Vargas is superior. If he were facing Bumgarden it would be no contest. As it is a nailbiter if you’re a Giants fan. I can’t believe they’ll get closed out at home and that will mean another trip to visit the Royals which totally screws with my TDS/TCR vibe.
Not that you should care.