San Francisco, CA – Jake Peavy recorded his third home run of his career and struck out eight batters. Overall, he had a pretty great night as the Giants backed him with enough run support to take the series with a 5-3 win over the Reds.
Peavy blasted his solo home run in the fourth, his first home run in nine years since July 26, 2006 at LA. He now joins four other pitchers who have homered this season, Madison Bumgarner (5), Tim Hudson (1), Mike Leake (1) and Ryan Vogelsong (1).
“Chris Heston hated to see that home run more than anybody,” Peavy said. “The pressure’s on him now. He probably hits the most home runs of the pitchers in batting practice.”
San Francisco ties a Major League record tonight with five different pitchers hitting home runs this season. The New York Giants accomplished this feat in 1930 and the 2002 Dodgers were the last team to have five pitchers hit home runs as well, (Andy Ashby, Kevin Brown, Omar Daal, Hideo Nomo and Odalis Perez.
“It was big for everybody. It wasn’t big for me,” said Peavy. “Never am I on the mound thinking about anything personal. I take things personally. But it was a big moment for the team.”
After a tough loss last night, San Francisco took a steady pace by scoring four runs through four frames. Buster Posey’s bloop single over third baseman Todd Frazier, drove in Alejandro De Anza for the 1-0 lead in the first. Posey has driven in seven runs in the last three games.
Marlon Byrd led off the second with a double. Ehire Adrianza knocked a double down the right field line scoring in Byrd making it a 2-0 game. By the third Byrd’s triple RBI extended the Giants lead 3-0. And Peavy’s solo shot made it a 4-0 game. Despite a few miscues on defense, Peavy’s performance kept Cincinnati off the board until the sixth.
“That’s the goal is to jump out early,” Byrd said. “I don’t know what they’re doing but whatever they’re drinking I want some. I don’t know, it’s something in the water with these pitchers. It’s impressive what they’re doing all the way around the game. It’s just not eight hitters up there, it’s nine and their doing a great job on the mound.”
Brandon Phillips led off the second with a double and advanced to third on Peavy’s throw to second. With the tying run at third, Peavy struck out the last two batters to end the threat. Jason Bourgeois hit a triple to center field while Angel Pagan made a sliding catch for the ball but missed. Peavy struck out Jay Bruce to end the inning.
But back-to-back doubles from Joey Votto and Phillips but the Reds on the board with one run. Peavy then walked Todd Frazier which brought Giants manager Bruce Bochy to the mound. He kept Peavy in who forced Ramon Cabrera to pop out to end the frame leaving two stranded. By the seventh the Reds knocked Peavy out of the game when he surrendered two more back-to-back doubles.
“We talked before he went out (for the seventh), and he said he felt great,” said Bochy. “Two doubles later, I found out he lied to me. But really, he had good stuff. He just hung a slider there.”
Eugenio Suarez hit a double to center field, leaving Pagan scrambling to chase it before it bounced over the wall. Skip Schumaker followed with a double driving in Suarez making it a 4-2 game. Corey Gearrin retired the next two batters before Javier Lopez came in to force Bruce to line out ending the inning.
San Francisco’s offense woke back up in the seventh when Kelby Tomlinson hit a single. Adrianza followed with his second hit of the night, a triple RBI giving the Giants a 5-2 lead. Mike Broadway replaced Lopez who put three on with a single to Votto, hit-by-pitch to Phillips and walked Frazier.
Hunter Strickland replaced Broadway with the bases loaded. He forced Cabrera into a double play despite Votto scoring. And Suarez followed flying out to right field keeping Cincinnati from tying the game or taking the lead. The Reds managed six extra-base hits off the Giants pitching.
‘Guys did a good job of picking each other up,” Bochy said. “When Mike [Broadway] was struggling, Strickland saved us. He kept it to one run there, as far as them scoring, and [Santiago] Casilla found a way to get the last out.”
“It was differently huge, especially coming off of yesterday’s loss,” said Strickland. “You have to have a short memory, come back today and help the team out. I’m honored that Bochy put me back in the same situation to go out there and compete.”