SAN FRANCISCO--Few players can match Ryan Vogelsong's fire on the mound, but as he went five straight home starts without getting a run of support from the lineup, Vogelsong never let his frustration show.
The veteran right-hander said over and over again that production would come, and he was right, even if he never could have imagined the runs flooding across the way they did Friday night. The San Francisco Giants scored a season-high 13 runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first five innings and went on to win 13-2.
Wily Peralta had pitched into the fifth inning in his previous 26 starts but made it through only three on a clear night at AT&T Park. The Giants had nine hits by that point, with seemingly every batted ball finding a hole or gap. Peralta, who held the Giants to one run earlier in the month, also walked two, hit one and threw a wild pitch while giving up six earned.
Joe Panik started the party with a one-out single in the first, and Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence all followed with singles of their own to put the Giants on top 3-0. The Giants would load the bases, but Brandon Crawford hit into an inning-ending double play.
Vogelsong entered the night with just five hits in 47 at-bats, but his eyes bulged in the second when Peralta threw a two-strike 95 mph fastball up and in. Vogelsong took big hacks at the next three fastballs, fouling all of them off. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Vogelsong lined a 96 mph heater into right. He went to third on Angel Pagan's double to straightaway center and scored on Posey's single. Pagan scored on Pence's infield single for a 5-1 lead.
The Giants added one more in the third when Pagan's single scored Gregor Blanco, who had drawn a leadoff walk.
A single, two walks by Marco Estrada and an error by shortstop Elian Herrera led to two more Giants runs in the fourth. By the end of that inning, they led 8-1 and every starter had a hit, walk or RBI--and they were nowhere near done.
Pagan led off the fifth with a triple, his third straight hit. Panik hit a flare to left that dropped for a single. and Posey followed with a two-run triple, his fourth hit of the night. In his first 22 at-bats of the homestand, Posey had 11 hits and 10 RBIs. He scored the Giants' 11th run on Pence's single to center.
The Giants had 14 hits to that point but none from Blanco, who had walked in each of his first three at-bats. The left fielder had gone over two years without a homer at AT&T Park before blasting one into the arcade section Thursday afternoon. He crushed another one there in his fourth plate appearance Friday, giving him homers on back-to-back days for just the second time in his career.
The Giants scored in their first five innings for the first time since June 13, 2012, the night Matt Cain threw a perfect game. The streak finally ended in the bottom of the sixth, but even that inning included two hits. Posey's single to right was his fifth hit, tying a career-high. He wouldn't get a chance for six; Andrew Susac took over behind the plate in the top of the seventh.
There was little doubt that Yusmeiro Petit would get another start, but Bruce Bochy nonetheless made it official Friday. Petit, fresh off a record streak of 46 consecutive outs, will start at Coors Field on Tuesday, meaning Tim Lincecum will reside in the bullpen for at least one more turn of the rotation. Lincecum continues to throw bullpen sessions to try to iron out the issues that have sidetracked him, and Bochy said pitching coach Dave Righetti is pleased with what he has seen.
"He's locating well. There's little effort to his delivery," Bochy said of Lincecum's work on the side. "He's cleaner (with his mechanics) and has better balance."
Boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri took batting practice at AT&T Park and threw out the first pitches. Both boxers did just fine when tasked with throwing, but Pacquiao didn't look all that comfortable with a bat in his ferocious hands. Pagan, a huge boxing fan, gave advice to both fighters before they took their hacks. The welterweights will fight in Macao on Nov. 22.
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