SAN FRANCISCO (BaseballStL) – It was a game to forget the last time the Cardinals had to face Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only three hits in a 15-0 rout of the Cardinals on August 8.
The same could be written for NLCS Game 2. The right-hander was almost as impressive against the Cardinals hurling seven strong innings and allowing just one run on four hits and two walks on Monday. He exited the game with a 5-1 lead.
Vogelsong has been strong in two postseason starts after stumbling in his last ten regular season starts, a stretch that raised his ERA by more than a run. The 35-year-old pitcher was the National League ERA leader as late as August 12 with a 2.27 ERA, but finished No. 11 in ERA in the league after posting a 6.75 ERA in the final ten starts. He finished with a 3.37 ERA.
It has been a different story this postseason after two starts.
Overall, Vogelsong has pitched 12 innings and allowed only two runs in seven hits this postseason.
He held the Reds to only one run in five innings pitched in Game 3 of the NLDS with his team down 2-0 in the best-of-five series.