The way the San Francisco Giants were playing Wednesday night at Wrigley Field it looked as if they may have thought there was rain in the forecast again in Chicago. They also didn’t want to risk the chance of losing another game because they didn’t score early enough.
Scoring early was no problem in the second game against the Chicago Cubs as all nine players batted and combined for a total of four runs in the first inning and eight total in the game.
Angel Pagan lead the inning off with a single to right field which was followed up with a single by Hunter Pence to put runners on first and third. Then, Pablo Sandoval was able to knock in the first run off of on a sacrifice fly. Pence was then able to advance to second on a wild pitch and after Michael Morse was walked on four pitches, he stole third.
It may not have mattered though because the San Francisco Giants still had plenty of hits in them. Joe Panik singled into the gap into left center to make it 2-0. Travis Ishikawa wanted to join the party and he did when he doubled to let bringing home two more runs and capping off the Giants four-run inning.
Jake Peavy pitched well in the first inning and it was looking like he was going to get out of the second inning after giving up a leadoff triple. Historically Luis Valbuena has hit Peavy very well in his career, batting .400 in 20 plate appearances.
Peavy was able to get the next two batters out and was one pitch away from getting out of the inning. Instead, on a full count, Chris Valaika reached out for a ball down out and managed to make contact. That was all it took with a little bit of wind underneath the ball it carried all the way out to left to make it 4-2.
Following the two-run inning from the Cubs the Giants didn’t hesitate in getting back those runs on the board. Morse started the inning off with a double, then Travis Ishikawa hit one as well and went to right field for his second RBI double of the game.
That is when Andrew Susac did something for the first time in his Major League career, he went yard. On a 1-1 count Susac took Edwin Jackson deep for his first home run of his young career. It gave the Giants a whopping 7-2 lead in just the third inning and sending Jackson to the showers early after just 2.2 innings of work.
Peavy would later go on to pitch seven innings en route to his second consecutive win and third overall this year. His best inning came in the bottom of the fifth when he struck out the side. Despite yielding ten hits, he only gave up two runs and struck out eight.
The usually strong San Francisco Giants bullpen had a small hiccup in Wednesday’s night game when Juan Gutierrez gave up a solo shot to Valbuena in the eighth inning that made it the final score of 8-3. But Jean Machi lifted him up and pitched a strong 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Pence finished the game with two hits including his 17th homer of the year in the fourth inning. Ishiskawa also added three of the San Francisco Giants’ 13 hits and a team leading three RBI’s. Joe Panik continued his hot streak and raised his batting average .295 after going three for five in the contest.