Ryan Vogelsong pitched six strong innings and Buster Posey increased his lead in the NL batting race, but not before giving the playoff-bound San Francisco Giants a big scare in a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Posey took a wild pitch off his neck in the second inning with Everth Cabrera batting. Vogelsong's pitch bounced in the dirt, ricocheted up and hit right underneath Posey's hockey-style catcher's mask.
The slugger was on his knees for a few minutes and was attended to by a trainer before staying in the game.
Posey went 2 for 4 with a triple and a double to increase his average to .334, four points better than Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh. McCutchen went hitless in two at-bats with a walk, dropping his average two points to .330, during the no-hitter thrown by Cincinnati's Homer Bailey on Friday night.
Suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera of the Giants has a .346 mark but won't qualify for the batting crown at his own request after a positive drug test....