Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong breezed through the top of the first inning on 13 pitches, and then the offense got to work. Gregor Blanco worked a lead-off walk, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. After Joe Panik popped out, Blanco swiped third base, setting up an easy run-scoring opportunity for Buster Posey.
Royals lefty Jason Vargas pitched to Posey carefully, however, ultimately walking him to bring up Hunter Pence with a potential rally-ending double play possibility. Pence indeed hit into what looked to be an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play, but was just quick enough to beat the throw to first base, allowing Blanco to score the game’s first run. Vargas was able to get out of the inning by striking out Pablo Sandoval on his 27th pitch.
Vogelsong had a slightly tougher top of the second as rain began to fall at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but he worked around a two-out single by Salvador Perez. He’s thrown a total of 28 pitches.