Cardinals vs. Giants, 2012 NLCS Game 2: Ryan Vogelsong delivers for San Francisco

Ezra Shaw - Getty Images

With a 6.46 ERA in the months of August and September, Ryan Vogelsong limped into the postseason but came up big for the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

With 39 earned runs allowed through 60 innings pitched from Aug. 1 through the end of the regular season, Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong hadn't inspired much hope from fans that he'd be a reliable pitcher in the playoffs. Yet, against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS, Vogelsong gave as strong as a performance as anyone could ask, allowing just four hits and one run in seven innings before earning the win.

As strong pitching performances have been few and far between, Grant Brisbee SB Nation's McCovey Chronicles was surprised by the performance by Vogelsong, and called it one of the best by the 35-year old:

"That game had everything that makes Vogelsong good -- pitches low in the zone, a change he didn't show until the third time through the lineup, and a two-seamer that ate up right-handers."

Vogelsong remains the only Giants starting pitcher in the postseason with a postseason ERA of under 5.00. As Brisbee notes, unless things turn around with more performances by Vogelsong, the Giants' days in the postseason are limited:

"Was it possible for the Giants to get through the entire postseason gauntlet without any good pitching? Of course not."

But a strong performance by Vogelsong delayed that possibility and extended the Giants season to a 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the NLCS.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.