Vogelsong happy with mechanics in spring debut

Giants right-hander cites mental focus as area for improvement

Vogelsong happy with mechanics in spring debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vogelsong admittedly wasn't as dialed in as he could have been, but as far as Spring Training debuts go, the Giants right-hander was pleased with his performance.

"All of my pitches are close to being where I want them already, so from that standpoint it was good," Vogelsong said. "Just [need to] work on the mental side a little bit."

After retiring the side in order in the first, Vogelsong struggled a bit in the second.

Vogelsong walked one and gave up a pair of hits to load the bases and then Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam to right field to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

"I just lost my focus a little bit, just got in the stretch and started rushing a little bit, just never slowed myself down," Vogelsong said of the rough second inning.

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Vogelsong finished the game after two innings. He allowed four runs on three hits, striking out one and walking one.

"The ball is down, it's moving around pretty much how I want [it] to," Vogelsong said. "You don't ever want to give up a home run or a grand slam or anything, but I'll take it for the first day."

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.