San Francisco, CA – After being shutout for eight innings, the Giants rallied a come back in the ninth tying the game forcing extra innings. But Gordon Beckham’s RBI single was the result of San Francisco’s fifth consecutive loss as they fell 3-2 to the White Sox.
“I thought we played hard, that’s all you can ask for,” said Ryan Vogelsong. “The guys played hard and came back. A game of inches, that ball got by Gordon and we’re talking about a whole different ball game.”
Unfortunately for the Giants, they’re slipping further and further away from the first place Los Angeles Dodgers who are ahead by six games. Vogelsong received zero run support for the eighth time this season in 24 starts.
Chris Sale was phenomenal on the mound. He was dominant for eight innings matching his season-high with 12 strikeouts. He’s now struck out 12-plus batters a franchise record nine times. Sale allowed four hits, two walks and now runs.
“These guys, offensively, they compete,” Chicago’s manager Robin Ventura said. “We find a way to just fight back, and tonight it was some guys you normally don’t hear about.”
Vogelsong got off to a shaky start in the first when Adam Dunn went deep with a two-run blast to left field giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the first. Once he settled down he didn’t allow another run for the next six innings. He tossed seven frames allowing three hits and two runs.
One 91-mph pitch was his only mistake. With two outs, Jose Abreu was on first before Dunn’s home run. Vogelsong thought his pitch would move away from the plate as it did in his pregame warmup. Chicago got lucky and didn’t score another run until the tenth.
“For some reason this one didn’t do that,” said Vogelsong. “It stayed on the plate too much and he’s a big strong man. He put a good swing on it.”
Hunter Pence tripled in the first and got the momentum going for the Giants. But he was thrown out at home plate by shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Pence hesitated a little bit when he took off from third after Buster Posey hit a ground ball to Alexei.
“I hesitated, I was suppose to not be going when it was at third,” Pence said. “In an effort to try to read it wasn’t going to third, I hesitated more than I should and I made a mistake.”
Pablo Sandoval lead off the ninth with a single. Michael Morse followed with a single putting two on with no outs. Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa singled and loaded the bases. Joe Panik looked like he had a game-tying single up the middle but Beckham made a diving catch that led to a remarkable double play.
Sandoval scored cutting the lead in half. Brandon Crawford followed with a RBI single that tied the game 2-2 forcing extra innings but one has to wonder if Beckham hadn’t responded so quickly San Francisco probably would’ve walked away with the victory.
“I’ll get satisfaction out of anything positive after my last couple of months,” said Beckham. “It was fun to make that play, and I wish it would’ve ended there. To get the hit in the tenth was just as much of a thrill. They were both awesome.”
The White Sox started the tenth with a free pass from Santiago Casilla to Jordan Danks. Moises Sierra hit a single and stole second. Alejandro De Anza grounded out to second baseman Matt Duffy who threw home for the out. But Beckham grounded a single right past third base and scored in Sierra making it a 3-2 game.