PHOENIX -- It had been a decade since Ryan Vogelsong's last relief win, but that's not a thought that crossed his mind after he threw two innings Friday night to close out a 12-inning victory.
"My memory is not that good," Vogelsong said, smiling. "I blocked out a lot of times I've been in the 'pen anyway, because they haven't really been that good."
Friday's outing was a smashing success, with Vogelsong pitching two innings and pushing a bunt single to third to help the go-ahead run advance. He said he put a little more on the bunt than usual because he wanted it fielded close to third (it wasn't fielded at all). As for his pitching, Vogelsong said the combo of velocity and command on his fastball was "as good as it's been" all year.
In the process, Vogelsong also may have discovered something about himself that will help him adjust to being back in the bullpen. He noticed his adrenaline was much higher in the 11th than in the 12th and said that probably was an issue when he struggled as a reliever in April. Vogelsong wasn't sure what he would do to make the innings even out, but he's looking for a fix. It helps him, at the very least, to know that he'll be that charged up when he runs out of the 'pen.
Manager Bruce Bochy, noting that most of his relievers didn't throw many pitches last night, said he'll try to stay away from Vogelsong but can use anyone else tonight. For his part, Vogelsong said he's available.
"I normally go pretty hard in between starts playing catch anyway," he said.
--- Angel Pagan is playing through a knee injury that he suffered when running into a wall at AT&T Park a few weeks ago, and it certainly looked like that was in Pagan's mind last night on three balls to the wall in center. They were all hard-to-make plays, but all went for extra bases. Was Pagan a little spooked out there?
"Angel can answer that better than me," Bochy said. "Those were tough plays. Some of these balls are hit well. I don't know who would catch them. That's, to me, one of the toughest plays for an outfielder -- when you're going up against that wall."
Pagan hasn't had a good defensive season when you look at advanced metrics, with defensive runs saved putting him at -12 runs for the season, which is tied for last among MLB center fielders. Gregor Blanco is a defensive whiz out there, and it makes sense to ask why the two don't switch when they're both in the lineup. Bochy said that hasn't been discussed.
"Now you're talking about a guy out of the position he normally plays," Bochy said. "Could he do it? Yeah. But if you're going to do something like that, you need to do it earlier (in spring training)."
Bochy manages people as much as he manages game situations, and this is a move the Giants won't make lightly, especially with Pagan having another year on a big contract. The Giants also don't want to even talk about making such a switch when they believe Nori Aoki will be back in left field just about every day in August and September.
Aoki had a CT scan Saturday that revealed his fractured fibula is 80 percent healed. He remains on track to return sometime in the first two weeks of the second half, although he could get three rehab games before getting back in the big league lineup.