Marco Scutaro survives assault at second base

In this writer's humble opinion, there should not be room in the Great Game of Baseball for this sort of thing:

Boomrunner

It's one thing to slide into the base with great gusto, hoping to make the second baseman's life just a bit more difficult than usual. It's another thing to endanger his life.

Yes, this writer is exaggerating. But while it's certainly baseball -- at least according to the umpire on the scene -- it's not good baseball, you know?

That would have been an inning-ending, rally-killing double play, but instead the throw was just a hair late. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong did escape the inning, though, when Yadier Molina hit a slow roller to Pete Kozma at shortstop.

The first inning couldn't have been otherwise-encouraging to the Giants, though. They're looking for their first Quality Start in this postseason, and Vogelsong gave up two hits and a line drive that nearly reached the warning track in straightaway center field.

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