Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shut Down in San Francisco Offense Musters Two Singles vs. Vogelsong, Three Total in Loss Giants 4, Pirates 0

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shut Down in San Francisco Offense Musters Two Singles vs. Vogelsong, Three Total in Loss Giants 4, Pirates 0

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When a team leads the league in ERA but has a below-average offense, games like the one Sunday at AT&T Park will happen.

The offense failed to provide A.J. Burnett with any run support. Burnett allowed four runs. One would have done the trick.

Ryan Vogelsong pitched eight scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pirates, 4-0, to split the series at two games apiece.

The Pirates are off today before starting a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday at PNC Park. The St. Louis Cardinals lost, so the Pirates (76-54) remained tied for the lead in the NL Central.

Vogelsong (3-4) was stifling, allowing two hits and one walk and striking out five. He didn't allow a hit until Andrew Lambo's single in the third. After that, the Pirates' next hit was in the seventh when Andrew McCutchen reached on an infield single. Both runners reached second base but were stranded there.

"He hits his spots, hits his locations," said Lambo, who also walked against Vogelsong. "He didn't get a lot of mistakes out and over the plate."

Vogelsong entered the game with a 6.29 ERA, but had a 3.78 ERA in his three previous starts.

"You can't look at numbers in this game," Burnett said. "I know he's got a high ERA or whatever. These are big league pitchers, big league hitters. Numbers aside, guy's out there competing."

Entering the game, the Pirates led the National League with a 3.20 ERA. But their .245 team average ranked 12th and their 3.92 runs per game ranked ninth. Inconsistent offense and low run totals have troubled them all season, but the potential is there: The Pirates scored eight and 10 runs in two games on the road trip in ballparks that favor pitchers.

The Pirates put five men on base in the game -- three via a base hit, Lambo's walk and a hit batter. That batter, Jordy Mercer, was erased when Burnett bunted into a double play in the sixth.

"[Vogelsong] just changed speeds and it always seemed like wherever we were looking or whatever we were looking for, something else came out of his hand," manager Clint Hurdle said. …

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