- Associated Press
- San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong reacts during first-inning AL baseball game action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Ryan Vogelsong’s 100th career start might have been his last for a while.
J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and the Toronto Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game Wednesday night, beating Vogelsong and the Giants 11-3.
Vogelsong (1-4) allowed a season-high eight runs, three earned, in two innings, his shortest start of the season. The struggling right-hander, who has lost three of his past four starts, walked two and struck out one. His ERA rose to 8.06.
“They hit some pitches that were really good and they hit some pitches that were bad,” Vogelsong said. “That’s been the theme.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t say whether Vogelsong, who has allowed 11 homers in 41¹?³ innings, would make his next start, scheduled for May 20 against Washington.
“I’m not going to guarantee anything right now,” Bochy said.
Bochy also acknowledged having postgame discussions with general manager Brian Sabean and said there’d be more discussions as the Giants went to Colorado to begin a four-game series with the Rockies.
“We’ll talk about this internally,” Bochy said. “I don’t have much to say right now about what we may do, our options or whatever. [Vogelsong] is fighting, I’ll say that. I know he’s taking it hard. He’ll get on track.”
Like his manager, Vogelsong remains convinced there’ll be better days ahead.
“Things have got to turn in my favor here eventually,” he said. “I shattered two bats and sawed them off really good and they both went for hits. It’s got to change here, I’ve just got to ride it out.”
The NL West-leading Giants allowed double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time this season. One night after allowing six runs in the first, they gave up five runs in the opening inning of this one.
“Groundhog day,” Bochy said. “That’s unlike us. I can’t think back to when we had two games, identical games, where we made mistakes there in the first inning. The big number there killed us, took us out of our game. It’s hard to explain. But it happened and now we’ve got to move on.”
Toronto, who had an 11-batter first in Tuesday’s win, recorded consecutive bat-around first innings for the first time since April 1994.
“We’re really swinging the bats now,” manager John Gibbons said. “We’re on a nice little roll.”
The last-place Blue Jays, who came in with the fewest runs of any AL East team, have 33 runs and 41 hits in their past three games. They beat Boston 12-4 on Sunday and won 10-6 in Tuesday’s series opener against the Giants.