Wednesday, July 29, 2015

26-8 with Pence

and 30-37 without him.

That's what the Sacramento Bee reported after today's glorious 5-0 vic over Milwaukee

Actually, much of the story had to do with Jake Peavy ....

While the Giants were leaving open the possibility Wednesday of still making a splash – perhaps even a large one – before the non-waiver trade deadline, their current 25-man complement remained one of the hottest teams in baseball thanks in part to their two biggest deadline acquisitions of the past three years.
Jake Peavy pitched six scoreless innings and Hunter Pence had two key defensive plays and the tiebreaking hit in the Giants’ 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants finished their six-game homestand with a 5-1 record, and have won 13 of their past 15 games, with Wednesday’s win moving them into a temporary tie for first place in the National League West with the Dodgers, who had a night game against the A’s.
Amid speculation that the Giants could try to add another front-line starter such as the Phillies’ Cole Hamels or the Tigers’ David Price, the veteran Peavy had arguably his best outing since coming off the disabled list at the beginning of July, scattering four hits over his first scoreless outing of the season.
Since returning from the DL, Peavy has a 2.84 ERA and has completed at least six innings in all five starts with the Giants winning his past three. Wednesday’s game was scoreless in the sixth when the Brewers singled twice with two outs to bring up Ryan Braun. Peavy got ahead of Braun and, on his 91st pitch, threw a hard cutter for a swinging third strike.
“I think today was my best day as far as stamina goes,” Peavy said. “I felt like I was at the same place in the sixth as I was in the first. … It’s nice to be able to reach back and have a swing-and-miss pitch there when you really need it against an elite player in the league.”
Peavy said he and Braun have “had our share of battles” through the years, but Peavy has won most of them. The sixth-inning strikeout made Braun 2 for 17 lifetime against the Giants’ right-hander.
“I wanted to get him out there in a bad way,” Peavy said, grinning. “I’ll tell you that.”

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