The next time the Giants are struggling to score runs — which could easily come Thursday — and fans start to complain, they can remember August 8 in St. Louis.
The next time Giants fans complain that the Giants can just win games easily, they can remember August 8.
The next time fans complain the Giants don’t give Ryan Vogelsong enough run support, they can remember August 8.
And hopefully, some time in October when the Giants in the postseason, they can look back on August 8 as a turning point.
The Giants got a win they needed to get Wednesday. Oddly enough, on a night when they only needed one run, they got 15.
Too bad there’s not run equity or aggregate scores don’t count for anything.
The Giants needed to come into St. Louis and earn a split. They’ve assured themselves of at least doing that.
It will enable the Giants to return home on Friday with the lead in the NL West, either one game over the Dodgers or two.
As Mike Krukow said Wednesday, if the Giants lose Thursday, it will have been a good road trip. If they win, it will be a great one.
On the heels of an ugly 3-7 homestead, the Giants have turned the tables with a road trip that will be at worst a 5-2 one, at best 6-1.
And there were plenty of highlights to go around:
Marco Scutaro was the star of the box score, with his seven RBI. But six of those RBI, including his grand slam, came in the eighth and ninth innings, when the game was well in hand. The biggest RBI was his first, when he singled home Angel Pagan in the first inning. It marked the fifth time on this road trip that the Giants have scored in the first inning. They won all of those games.
Hunter Pence went 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI singles.
Buster Posey kept it up, going 1 for 2 with three walks. If teams are going to continue to pitch around Posey, Pence’s contributions will become even bigger.
Angel Pagan got things going atop the lineup, going 1 for 3 with two walks.
Brandon Belt continued his solid hitting, going 2 for 5. Melky Cabrera and Brandon Crawford also had two hits each.
But the star of the game was Ryan Vogelsong. He earned his 10th win of the season by limiting the Cardinals to no runs on three hits and three walks in seven innings. He left after 97 pitches and could have thrown more. But with the Giants up 10-0 in the top of the eighth, what was the point.
He lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.27. It was the kind of outing that makes you glad the Giants signed Vogelsong to a two-year deal prior to this season. It makes you feel even better that they added a team option for 2014.
Madison Bumgarner takes the mound Thursday afternoon against Adam Wainwright. If the Giants win, they’ll be sitting pretty with a two-game lead heading into the weekend series against the Rockies.
But even a one-game lead feels pretty good right now.