Vogelsong finishes strong; Wilson done for season

A record-breaking sellout crowd sent off Ryan Vogelsong with a rousing ovation Monday night. But they couldn't deliver a final salute to their bearded wonder in the bullpen.

Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings in the Giants' 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies, capping an out-of-nowhere All-Star season in which his 2.71 ERA led a brilliant starting staff.

Closer Brian Wilson did not pick up the save, though. Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Wilson, who had missed a month with an inflamed elbow before making two appearances last week, will be shut down for the season.

"I don't see the point of throwing Brian out there now," Bochy said. "He wants to pitch. It's the old risk-reward adage."

Wilson hustled out of the clubhouse and did not stop when asked for comment, saying, "I'm not going to talk about myself."

Vogelsong was a much more dramatic topic, anyway. Signed as a minor league free agent, the 34-year-old veteran of the Japanese leagues hadn't pitched in the majors since 2006 before cracking the Giants rotation in late April.

He ended up tying Tim Lincecum for the staff lead with 13 victories; Vogelsong ranks fourth in the N.L. in ERA, too — just in front of Lincecum (2.74). He cemented a place in next year's rotation, and probably will score a multiyear contract.


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  • Bochy confirmed an Associated Press report that he plans to retain his entire coaching staff for next season, including hitting coach Hensley Meulens.

  • Pablo Sandoval likely won't require left shoulder surgery after the season, Bochy said. In fact, Sandoval is tentatively scheduled to play for a major league All-Star team that will play a goodwill series in Taiwan Nov. 2-6.

  • Cody Ross, who strained his hamstring Sept. 16, is not expected to play in the Giants' final series, Bochy said.

    -- ANDREW BAGGARLY