It was supposed to be a battle between the two Jakes. Two Cy Young Award winning Jakes. Turns out it was all about one Jake and it was the wrong Jake.
When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong. About Jake Peavy’s start last night against the Cubs: I said I thought Peavy had the intensity to stare down those Chicago bats and not let them get to him. I was wrong. I said I thought if anyone could do it Peavy could out of sheer grit and determination. I was wrong. He gave up five Chicago runs and lasted one and two-thirds innings.
By the time the second inning was over, so was our Giants winning streak. You couldn’t tell by the way the Giants played, though, they played like they were in a one run game. The game was scoreless when the second inning started. The Giants caught a couple of breaks, but that didn’t help.
Peavy gave up back-to-back singles and got the first out on a bunt ground ball play that was challenged by the Cubs. They lost the challenge. Break #1. The Cubs pitcher hit an RBI single and Peavy walked the next batter to load the bases. The Cubs replacement for their injured right fielder was up next and he hit a line drive to right field, scoring another run. Hunter Pence got the ball to Joe Panik, who threw home. Buster Posey saw that the Cubs had a pile-up at third base and he tagged out the Cubs pitcher, stopping the rally. Break #2. The next Cub at bat, Kris Bryant, hit a three-run home run. Breaks over. Manager Bruce Bochy pulled Peavy and brought in Derek Law.
A couple of times I thought one of the Giants were going to take Jake Arrieta long. The first time was when Denard Span led off the first inning with a high fly ball, deep to right. I thought for sure it was leaving the yard. It didn’t. It found the glove of the Cubs power-hitting right fielder who made a heroic, personal game-ending catch. He was curled up against the right field wall in obvious pain, but he never let go of the ball. He had to be helped off the field.
The Giants scored a run in the third: Angel Pagan hit a single, stole second and scored on Joe Panik’s single. That was all the damage the Giants were able to inflict.
The Cubs scored back-to-back home runs off George Kontos, who made he first post-DL appearance, and scored another run in the ninth off reliever Cory Gearrin. The final score was:
Giants 1, Cubs 8
The good news is this is baseball. Today’s another day and yesterday’s game is history. The Giants have Matt Cain facing Jon Lester at 4:15 pm on Fox Sports or you can listen to the game on KNBR 680. If you want to watch the game with other Giants fans, spend some time on Facebook on the game time thread by following this link: