"That puts a little pressure on you," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Moreover, Vogelsong isn't an experienced closer.
Santiago Casilla, who is an experienced closer, pondered his approach against A.J. Pierzynski, whose two-out, two-run homer in the ninth forced extra innings. Casilla observed that after throwing his first two pitches to the outside portion of the strike zone, he came inside with a 1-1 delivery. Perhaps, said Casilla, it would have been "better to work away, away, away, because late in the game he might pull [an inside pitch]. For me, it's better to stay away."
The Giants, who matched a season high with four home runs, lost after leading 6-0 for the first time since Sept. 10, 2013. For that, starter Matt Cain said he was "kicking himself."
Cain added, "We've got a six-run lead and the job of a starter is to keep it there and I didn't do a very good job of that. That got the momentum back on their side."
The Giants still owned that 6-0 lead when they had runners on the corners and nobody out in the sixth inning. Then Crawford, who already had homered twice, lined out. Ehire Adrianza grounded into an inning-ending double play. Both Bochy and Crawford lamented that missed chance to pad the lead.
Coincidentally, Atlanta scored four runs in the sixth to launch its resurgence.
"You want to capitalize on opportunities like that, no matter what the score," Crawford said.
Said Bochy, "You never know in this game. You always want to add on and we couldn't do it in that inning."