Saturday, August 30, 2014

The rotation minus Tim Lincecum

Hudson, Bumgarner, Petit, Peavy, Vogelsong. The Giants just have won 5 in a row since removing Tim Lincecum from the rotation. Peavy carried a no-hitter into the 8th tonight for a glorious 3-1 vic and the dodgers lost.

Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti sure have a knack for handling pitchers. Here's from John Shea's story in the SF Chron -- 

Peavy threw 7 1/3 hitless innings before yielding a broken-bat single to Milwaukee's Mark Reynolds, and he walked off the field one batter later to a huge China Basin ovation from fans who appreciated the 33-year-old's historic outing.
The Giants finished off a 3-1 victory over the Brewers to run their winning streak to five, another highlight to a pitching-rich homestand. In Peavy's 7 2/3 innings, he struck out eight and walked three.
The previous longest hitless stint of Peavy's career? Aug. 2, in his second start as a Giant. He threw 6 1/3 perfect innings at New York in a 4-2 loss.
His performance Saturday wasn't perfect, but his defense was. Shortstop Brandon Crawford not only ranged deep in the hole at short to throw out Aramis Ramirez in the fifth, but he began an unlikely double play to end the seventh. Scooter Gennett seemed to have broken the no-hit bid with a grounder up the middle, but Crawford came out of nowhere to dive for it and, in one gymnastically splendid motion, flipped the ball to Joe Panik, who turned two.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval backhanded Khris Davis' grounder in the eighth and just about threw him out from the Giants' dugout.
Jeremy Affeldt replaced Peavy, faced one batter (Rickie Weeks), yielded a hit and exited. Sergio Romo struck out Carlos Gomez on three pitches to finish the eighth, and Santiago Casilla gave up a run in the ninth.

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