San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Just when it looked as though San
Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong had righted the ship after a shaky start to
the season, the veteran right-hander was hit with his toughest break of the
Vogelsong spun five stellar innings in the Giants' 8-0 shutout of the
Washington Nationals Monday, but fractured his pitching hand in the bottom of
the fifth after taking a fastball off his right knuckle while swinging at a
"He's got two breaks in the right hand there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy
confirmed after the game. "He's going to go in tomorrow and have surgery. More
than likely you're looking at four-to-six weeks."
Vogelsong (2-4) limited the Nats to just three hits and a walk before the
injury, with four San Francisco relievers combining on four hitless innings
to complete the shutout and halt the Giants' three-game skid.
Angel Pagan plated three runs and scored once, while Brandon Belt went 4-for-5
with a solo homer and four runs scored for the Giants, who pounded out a
season-high 17 hits in the triumph.
Zach Duke (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his first start since 2011 after
giving up four runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3 frames. Duke also accounted
for one of Washington's three hits, as the Nationals dropped their third
San Francisco broke through in the second inning, as Hunter Pence and Belt
smacked consecutive one-out singles. Andres Torres then doubled to left to
plate Pence before Brandon Crawford scored Belt with a groundout to second.
The home team tacked on three more in the fourth, which started with back-to-
back singles from Belt and Torres. Crawford followed with a fielder's choice
to the mound that left runners on the corners before Duke was lifted in favor
of Craig Stammen.
Vogelsong's safety-squeeze on Stammen's first offering scored Belt and Pagan
followed with a double to right to score Crawford for a 4-0 lead.
Marco Scutaro then capped the inning and extended his hitting streak to 18
games with a single to center to plate Pagan.
Belt's two-out solo shot in the fifth pushed the lead to 6-0 before Torres and
Crawford smacked back-to-back singles.
Vogelsong then stepped to the plate and took a big swing at an inside fastball
that caught him flush on his pitching hand. Pinch-hitter Nick Noonan finished
off Vogelsong's at-bat with a grounder to second to end the inning.
The Giants padded their lead with two more runs in the seventh. After Pence
was cut down at the plate with one out, Crawford walked to load the bases.
Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco then popped out for the second out, but Pagan came
through with a two-run single to center to account for the final margin.
Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche went 0-for-3 to snap a 16-game hitting
streak ... It was the fourth four-hit game of Belt's career ... Washington
outfielder Bryce Harper (knee) returned from a two-game absence and finished
0-for-4 ... San Francisco went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and
left 11 on base.
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