A few years ago, if I said “Ryan Vogelsong” to you, you might have thought that I was talking about a specialty batch beer or a German pop super group. And I could forgive you for that. But lately - read: the last couple of seasons - he’s pitched his way to the top entry of the Google auto fill for the “Ryan V” search term, and he continued that trend tonight with a huge performance against the Cardinals. Vogelsong gave the Giants seven innings of one-run ball while the offense put six runs on the board, forcing a Game Seven of the 2012 NLCS.
Vogelsong struck out nine and gave up just one run, four hits, and one walk en route to the win, the biggest of his career and a fitting exclamation point on a season that saw him continue the out-of-nowhere success of 2011. On the other side, Chris Carpenter didn’t fare nearly as well (4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K), thanks in part to a Pete Kozma error in the top of the second. San Francisco led by a score of 5 - 0 after the second and didn’t look back from there.
So we’ll have Game Seven tomorrow evening, with Kyle Lohse squaring of against Matt Cain it what is referred to as an “elimination game.” St. Louis might have to throw down without Matt Holliday, who was scratched from the lineup because of back stiffness.