SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong received the prestigious Willie Mac Award on Friday night, earning recognition for his remarkable comeback that has inspired people on and off the field. But nothing has been able to inspire the Giants to score any runs for Vogelsong lately, and that remained true Saturday.
San Francisco couldn't get anything going against Dodgers lefty Dana Eveland as Vogelsong suffered his fifth straight loss, a 3-0 defeat at AT&T Park. During his five-game losing streak, Vogelsong has received a total of three runs of support while tossing four quality starts.
Vogelsong gave up three runs in eight innings Saturday night, allowing nine hits and one walk while striking out six. But Eveland shut down the Giants, who have amassed two runs in their last three games -- all losses. Making his second Major League start of the season, the 27-year-old picked up his second win by scattering three hits in seven-plus shutout innings. The Giants managed only two hits off relievers Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra in the final two innings.
It was easy for the Giants to credit Cy Young Award candidate Clayton Kershaw for silencing their bats a night before, but manager Bruce Bochy didn't hold back when discussing his club's offensive failures Saturday.
"We're bad right now with the bats. We're awful. There's no other way to say it," Bochy said. "We're getting the right guys up there, and we're not getting it done. It's frustrating. It's not like they're not trying, but it's not happening. It makes it even tougher to lose these types of games."
Dodgers manger Don Mattingly didn't hesitate to heap praise on his left-hander, however.
"It's the second time he's pitched like that," Mattingly said. "Both times he gives you a lot of different looks, changes speeds, has the changeup."
Combined with National League West leader Arizona's win over the Padres on Saturday, the loss dropped the Giants to 9 1/2 games back in the division race with only 17 games remaining. While San Francisco isn't exactly admitting defeat, the talk in the clubhouse has turned from postseason chances toward simply finishing strong and making the most of what's left of the season.
"First of all, you're obligated to go out there and give it your best. We're fortunate to be here every game and have it sold out and have these great fans here," Bochy said. "That's what makes it even tougher, is that at home is where we're so bad. We're better than this. We had the right guys up, and we're not getting that done.
"Every day I walk in that clubhouse, I feel like, 'All right, we're going to get this thing turned around and get going.'"
The Dodgers opened up the scoring in the second inning, when James Loney smashed a one-out triple into deep right-center field and scored on Jerry Sands' groundout to second base. They added two more in a difficult fourth inning for Vogelsong, using a triple, three straight infield hits and a balk to push their lead to 3-0.
Matt Kemp belted a leadoff triple, and Juan Rivera followed up with an RBI single that first baseman Brett Pill managed to keep in the infield by knocking it down. The Dodgers loaded the bases with two more infield singles fielded by shortstop Orlando Cabrera, and their final run scored on Vogelsong's balk.
Vogelsong said he was told he flinched, and he admitted he probably did so while trying to step off the mound. But he wasn't frustrated with the three consecutive infield hits, nor with the lack of run support.
"They hit some balls where we weren't. Even though they weren't hit hard, they were just in the right spot," Vogelsong said. "They were good pitches. You can't get frustrated about making pitches."
The Giants had one of their best chances to score in the bottom of the fourth. Pablo Sandoval kept the inning alive with a two-out single to left field, and Pill made things interesting with a double down the left-field line.
That put two runners in scoring position for Brandon Belt, whose well-hit line drive was snagged by Dodgers third baseman Justin Sellers to end the inning.
Pill and Belt, both rookies, were part of a Giants lineup that should be trending younger as the club continues to accept its essentially hopeless situation in the postseason picture. Bochy said before Saturday's game that Hector Sanchez figures to see more playing time the rest of the way. The switch-hitting catcher made his first big league start Saturday, finishing 0-for-2 with a walk.
A trio of veterans also had a shot in the eighth with runners on first and third and no outs. But Aubrey Huff and Jeff Keppinger struck out, then Carlos Beltran grounded out to end the inning with a zero still on the scoreboard.
The Giants also had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth inning, but Pat Burrell struck out swinging for the final out.
"There are a few good things happening, but we're just not getting it done with these bats. It's amazing -- it really is -- because I look at that lineup and see how tough it is for us to get runs," Bochy said. "We had first and third and nobody out, and we had some pretty good hitters going up there, but we couldn't get a run across the board. I don't know what to tell you on that."
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.