It has been said many times before that all good things come to an end, but what about all bad things? The San Francisco Giants entered Wednesday’s game riding a five-game losing streak while Jake Peavy has gone 0-12 since winning his first game back on April 25th.
In 2010, Peavy was able to record his 100th career win with the Chicago White Sox. Wednesday, against his former team, he was finally was able to earn his first win for the Giants in a 7-1 victory over the White Sox.
If it wasn’t for replay review and some new rules, Peavy may have ended up with another loss. In the seventh inning with runners on first and third, Joe Panik hit a grounder straight to first baseman Jose Abreu. With Gregor Blanco breaking towards the plate, Abreu fired it home and easily tagged out Blanco at home.
That is when manager Bruce Bochy came out to bring up a valid point that White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers was blocking home plate without the ball. After a lengthy review, the umpires took off the headsets and declared Blanco safe at home plate.
Immediately after the decision, White Sox manager Robin Ventura came out and was ejected, rightfully so because the call would cost his team the game and six more runs in the inning. All it took was one run for the Giants to open up the flood gates.
With some help from Adam Dunn, the Giants were able to score two more runs. On a Pablo Sandoval fly ball, Dunn committed an error in left field where he nearly collided with the center fielder. It was the cap to an inning where the Giants exploded for seven runs.
Peavy pitched a fantastic game and was pitching like he had in his previous three starts. He was fired up, shouting expletives and showing his usual intensity. He came out sharp and was limiting the opposing team from scoring runs. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that Chicago finally did some damage, and it came off the bat of a familiar foe.
In the fourth inning with two outs, Dunn hurt the Giants yet again. In Tuesday’s game, he hit a ball deep to left center. In Wednesday’s game, he hit one even further to right field, as this time it landed way out in McCovey Cove.
In the sixth inning, it appeared as if that one bad inning, which has seemed to be inevitable, was going to spoil another strong starting performance by Peavy. With one out, Alejandro De Anza doubled to right. Gordon Beckham then flied out to Michael Morse in left, but Abreu beat out an infield single. He then walked Dunn to load the bases, but unlike previous starts, Peavy got out of the jam and left the inning unscathed.
Peavy pitched one of his best games this year and came away with a long awaited and deserving win. All it took was some run support and, in Wednesday’s game, seven runs were plenty.