What a great way to celebrate a birthday. For his 35th birthday, Jake Peavy pitched a helluva game–seven innings of one-hit, shut out baseball, with zero runs (because that’s what shut out baseball means), zero walks and three strike outs. It was a great game.
Peavy not only pitched well, he started the rally that scored the first run of the game. With two outs in the sixth, he singled on a ground ball to right. Denard Span hit the ball into the center field gap, and Peavy ran hell-bent for leather, all the way from first to home. Denard landed on base with an RBI triple.
The Giants bats had a little spark in the eighth inning–Brandon Crawford drew a lead-off walk, Gregor Blanco doubled and Kelby Tomlinson drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Matt Duffy hit a sac fly scoring Crawford; Denard hit a single scoring Blanco; and Joe Panik’s sac bunt was this close –><– to being a bunt single. Doesn’t matter, though, it was only the second out and Tomlinson scored.
The defense was spotless, but the highlight was a short fly ball to right that had Hunter Pence sprinting in to make an amazing sliding catch.
The bullpen held the game in the eighth and ninth, giving Peavy a Giant birthday gift–a W. The final score was:
Giants 4, Braves 0
Tomorrow Albert Suarez will take the hill for the Giants for his first big league start. Game time is 4:10 pm and will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. I am sure Giants fans everywhere wish him the best–be sure to check out the game time thread on Facebook’s Kruk & Kuip page to hear all about it.