Aug 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy (43) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Peavy Perfect Through Six, San Francisco Giants Lose 4-2

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Going into today’s game, not many people expected an exciting pitchers’ duel. However, San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy and New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom delivered.

Both pitchers had perfect games through four innings. They had all their pitches going, and they were both keeping their pitch counts down.

Both pitchers also received some excellent defense behind them. Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval made some tricky plays, and Hunter Pence had an incredible catch in foul territory. Juan Lagares of the Mets also made an impressive catch to help out his starting pitcher.

Brandon Belt, who returned from the concussion DL today, became the first baserunner in the game after taking a walk with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Good news for Giants fans is that Belt looked like his normal self after missing two weeks.

DeGrom still had a no-hitter going heading into the seventh inning, but Sandoval broke it up with a double to left center in the seventh.

Peavy remained perfect through six, but Daniel Murphy broke up the perfect game with an opposite field double with one out in the seventh inning. It was an odd play, because Michael Morse initially broke in on the ball but couldn’t get back in time to catch Murphy’s hit. Therefore, the perfect game was broken up. If Morse hadn’t initially stepped in, he probably would’ve caught it and the perfect game might’ve continued.

After Morse’s mistake, Peavy seemed to lose his concentration, which led him to give up four runs in the seventh.

The Giants responded though in the eighth inning. Belt singled to right, and after Joe Panik struck out, Juan Perez doubled to right. Travis Ishikawa then singled, which scored Belt and Perez. The Mets still led 4-2 though.

The Giants were unable to get another rally going though in the ninth inning, so they ultimately fell 4-2 to the Mets in game two of this four-game series.

Despite his rough seventh inning, Peavy looked excellent today. He had much better command of his pitches than in his first start, and this is definitely a start he can build on. Hopefully for the Giants, he can come back strong in his next start, after looking pretty dominant through the first six innings today.

The Giants continue their four-game series against the Mets tomorrow as Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41 ERA) takes on Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88 ERA) at 10:10 AM PT.

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