Monday, July 04, 2016

Jake Peavy Still Has It

He was looking absolutely hopeless earlier in the year -- when it turned out that he'd been swindled out of millions -- but has turned it around. He got two outs in the 7th and gave up only one run today.

He's been 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his last 8 starts. Not bad for a No. 4 starter. Here's the MLB story --

 
SAN FRANCISCO -- Relying on power, a seldom-tapped offensive source for them, the San Francisco Giants received home runs Monday from Buster Posey and Angel Pagan and proceeded to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 3-1.
Facing Rockies starter Tyler Anderson (0-3), Posey led off the Giants' half of the second inning with his 10th home run of the season, matching Brandon Belt's team lead and forging a 1-1 tie. One inning later, Pagan followed Ruben Tejada's leadoff single with a one-out drive to left field to put the Giants ahead. Pagan has driven in 15 runs in his last 13 games.
"Both those, they just got pitches they were sitting on," Anderson said. "Those balls were up as well. They were poorly executed and Posey is obviously one of the best hitters in the game. He did what he was supposed to with that pitch. Pagan got it just right. I wasn't sure. It looked like he was a little off-balance. But he's a strong man. This is a men's game. He is a strong guy, but even though he was out in front, he was able to get the barrel to it."

The Rockies lost their sixth consecutive game -- and their 2,000th since beginning play in 1993 -- and fell to a season-worst eight games below .500 while mustering five hits in 6 2/3 innings off Giants starter Jake Peavy (5-7). By contrast, Peavy allowed Colorado 10 extra-base hits (11 overall) and six runs when he opposed the Rockies on April 13.
"It's one of those where if he makes a mistake, we hit it, but he didn't make many of them," said Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds (1-for-4). "But he was staying out of the middle of the plate for the most part with his cutter and his sinker. You've got to wait him out, but we never got the big hit."
Peavy is 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in his last eight starts, compared with 1-5, 8.21 in his first nine outings.
"More than anything, he's just doing a better job of pitching -- backing off a little bit, changing speeds, hitting his spots," Bochy said.

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