Ryan Vogelsong allowed one hit and struck out four in a three-inning start against the Angels on Wednesday. On the other side of the country, his father was beginning a long round of radiation treatments for prostate cancer, which was diagnosed last year.
Which means that Vogelsong knew his father was sick as he contributed to the Giants' World Series run.
"It was on my mind a little bit," Vogelsong said. "At the same time, baseball is my getaway. It was definitely on my mind today because it was his first day."
Harold Vogelsong had his prostate removed last year. Further tests found cancer cells in the surrounding tissue, which makes the radiation necessary. He will have five treatments a week for eight weeks.
Ryan Vogelsong revealed the illness in explaining why his folks are not coming to Arizona for the WBC.
"They keep reassuring me it's going to be fine," the pitcher said. "He has great doctors outside of Boston. He's seeing a guy in Boston who is supposed to be one of the best in the world. They're pretty confident they're going to knock it out."
At Tempe Diablo Stadium, Vogelsong allowed a leadoff single in the first to Mike Trout, the Angels' only regular in the lineup, then retired his final eight hitters. He pitched to the minimum nine because of a first-inning double play.
Vogelsong liked his location but still hopes to "tweak" his breaking ball before his March 9 game against Italy in Phoenix. He will pitch for the Giants once more before that, against the White Sox on Monday.
Another tie: This has to be a first: The Giants have played five exhibitions and the past three have ended in ties, including their 8-8 game against the Angels.
"February baseball. Gotta love it," manager Bruce Bochy said after Sergio Romo allowed two runs in the ninth inning.
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SF Giants' Ryan Vogelsong pitches well
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 28