I had such high hopes for Jake Peavy yesterday. It was one of those games with a big inning, though, and not in our favor. Peavy gave up five runs in the second inning-three were home runs-a double and a walk. He gave up another run in the third on three hits and an error. Peavy gave up yet another home run in the sixth inning. On the bright side, he pitched six full innings-saving the bullpen.
Brandon Belt led-off the Giants half of the inning with a solo home run, but that was the Giants only score for the inning, so we held the lead for a few minutes but couldn’t put together enough to get it back. On the good side, Connor Gillaspie hit a two out solo home run in the fourth and the Giants manufactured a run in the seventh and another in the ninth. The final score was:
Giants 4, Reds 7
I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Peavy isn’t finding his stuff or locating his pitches or executing or whatever. I want to believe he just needs an adjustment, but I don’t know. All I can say is this: there was a time-not too long ago-when Barry Zito, a Cy Young award winner just like Peavy-was tossed under a very big bus overloaded with Giants fans. Remember what happened? Zito came roaring back and kept our feet out of the fire, especially in the post season. Many Giants fans had to eat crow. To be fair, though, Zito was left out of the rotation in the post season when he struggled and maybe benching him provided the spark he needed to make some adjustments.
I don’t know if that will happen with Peavy, but something’s gotta give. I’m not suggesting we give up on Peavy, but it might be time to find a different way for him to contribute.
Rumor has it that Matt Cain’s performance has improved, it just hasn’t translated due to lack of run support.
Speaking of our fifth starter, Cain takes the mound tonight when the Giants greet the Rockies at AT&T Park. Game time is 7:15 pm and can be seen on CSN-BA and heard on KNBR 680.