Ryan Vogelsong spent much of the season feeding off Matt Cain's outings. Now, with the Giants once again facing elimination, Vogelsong is hoping to set the table for his fellow right-hander.
Vogelsong takes the ball Sunday in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the fifth must-win game for the Giants in 13 days. His goal is to do enough to give Cain the opportunity to tango with the St. Louis Cardinals in a winner-take-all Game 7 in Monday.
"Hopefully I can go out and throw up a good one on Sunday and hand the ball over to Matt," Vogelsong said after the Giants' Game 5 victory Friday. "He can throw a good one up and make this thing real interesting."
It already is, and Vogelsong helped get the ball rolling with a stellar Game 2 outing that he said was one of the sharpest of his career. Vogelsong felt something click with his delivery in the third inning and cruised through the seventh, giving up just four hits in a 7-1 win that temporarily evened the series.
In a postseason run brimming with fairy-tale storylines, Vogelsong is writing another chapter to his improbable story. He has beaten the odds over and over again, so Vogelsong sees no reason why the Giants can't keep coming through with their backs against the wall.
"You win some, you lose some," Vogelsong said. "But when you can't lose, I think we definitely do play a little harder."
San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong looks to hand baton to Matt Cain
San Jose Mercury News | Oct 21