SAN FRANCISCO — It’s unclear if Ryan Vogelsong was fighting for a rotation spot when he took the mound Wednesday, and all signs have pointed to the fact that he probably already had one going forward.
Regardless, Wednesday’s outing didn’t hurt his cause.
Vogelsong pitched six shutout innings and Buster Posey hit another grand slam as the Giants throttled the Padres 6-0 to get a rare home win. With Matt Cain and Jake Peavy set to return to the rotation on the next road trip, Vogelsong has picked up the pace, pitching 12 2/3 shutout innings in his past two starts.
The Giants have struggled to score at home, but Vogelsong got plenty of early support.
Posey hit a third-inning grand slam off Mike Bolsinger on Friday in Los Angeles, and he came up in a similar spot Wednesday. Will Middlebrooks’ error got the Giants going in the third, and a single, two sacrifices and two walks put the Giants up 1-0 with the bags juiced. Posey smoked a 2-2 changeup over the wall in left, giving the Giants a healthy five-run lead.
Starting pitching report: Vogelsong was 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA in his first five appearances this season, but he has six wins in his last 10 starts, with a 2.37 ERA.
Bullpen report: Javier Lopez pitched a scoreless seventh, which was pretty impressive since most here figured he would be roaming the streets all night celebrating Virginia’s college baseball championship.
At the plate: Posey became the second current Giant to hit two grand slams in the same season. He joined Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner Facts remain the best.
In the field: Oh, how nice it is to plug Gregor Blanco in when you need a starting right fielder. Blanco battled the sun and the wall to make a slick running catch on Justin Upton’s liner in the first inning.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,744, which included Steve Berman, apparently. The people gave Travis Ishikawa a standing ovation in his first at-bat of the season.
Up next: James Shields (7-1, 3.75) gets to try and exact some revenge on all the Bay Area folks who made sarcastic “Big Game James” jokes last October. He’ll face Chris Heston, who is 7-5 with a 3.83 ERA.