OAKLAND — Stephen Vogt vowed to let it go. But it’s difficult to fully deflect questions when a 91-mph fastball nearly took your head off.
“I’m not going to say it was intentional,” Vogt said after the first pitch of his eighth-inning at-bat Sunday, courtesy Oakland reliever Ryan Buchter, sent him flying. “I just know I’ve watched a lot of video on that guy, never seen him lose a ball up and in to a lefty like that. It is what it is, we won the game, we won the series, we swept them. We’re trying to win the wild card. I’m not going to go any further than that.”
Vogt is a former A’s fan favorite who returned to the Coliseum on Saturday with a big three-run home run — off Buchter. The fifth-year reliever had never faced Vogt before the dinger.
“I’m just going to choose to let it go. He knows what he did,” said Vogt, who picked his head up from the dirt and stared down the 32-year-old, shortly before grounding out.
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The pitch in question came in a game the Giants were winning, 5-4, also the final score.
“I don’t get it,” Bruce Bochy said. “Who knows if there was intent or it got away. But it was right at his head.
“Of course, he hit the home run. It was not a good thing. But, one-run game. We had to try to win the ballgame.”
Vogt, a Giants leader, had no idea why a fastball was bearing down his skull.
“You’ll have to ask him,” he said.