Right-handed starter Jake Peavy delivered, giving the bullpen a
break with a solid seven-inning outing as the San Francisco Giants
jumped to an early lead and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the
"We needed Jake to get somewhat deep into the game, and I know we
have a long day tomorrow and a lot of innings to play," Bochy said.
"It was a gutty effort. He gave up a home run there but settled down
and held them."
Peavy (2-3) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and
didn't walk a batter for his second straight victory. Right-handed
reliever Juan Gutierrez gave up an eighth-inning home run while
right-hander Jean Machi wrapped up with a 1-2-3 ninth.
"When you get staked to a lead I got staked to you can do what you
need to do -- throw a lot of strikes," said Peavy, who has
back-to-back wins against Chicago teams (the White Sox and the
Cubs). "I told Boch that I wish I could have done a little more
(going deeper). I wanted to get through that seventh and try to go
First baseman Travis Ishikawa earned a spot start and went 3-for-5
with three RBIs to lead San Francisco's 14-hit attack.
The Giants (66-58) never trailed after scoring four runs in the
first inning against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (6-14) as they
bounced back from Tuesday's rain-shortened suspended game.
San Francisco gets two chances against Chicago on Thursday as the
Giants pick up the suspended game at 5:05 p.m. ET in the bottom of
the fifth inning trailing 2-0. The teams then play a regularly
scheduled game at 8:05 p.m.
Major League Baseball on Wednesday upheld an appeal of a Giants
protest after umpires originally called Tuesday's game after 4 1/2
innings because of poor field conditions.
"We stated our case; it's a good case," Bochy said.
Giants second baseman Joe Panik, back in the lineup after suffering
a dislocated pinky finger Sunday, also went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Right fielder Hunter Pence and third baseman Pablo Sandoval each had
Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went 3-for-4 with two runs scored
and trimmed the margin to 8-3 with his 11th homer of the season with
two outs in the eighth inning.
Catcher John Baker had two hits for the Cubs (54-71).
San Francisco dinged Jackson for four runs and four hits in the
Ishikawa had the big blow, a one-out double to deep left field that
scored left fielder Mike Morse and Panik.
Cubs second baseman Chris Valaika, a late lineup addition, hit his
first homer of the season in the bottom of the second inning, taking
Peavy's 3-2 pitch and sending it to left to drive in Valbuena and
trim the Giants' lead to 4-2.
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San Francisco added three runs in the third inning to open a 7-2 lead.
Catcher Andrew Susac clubbed his first career home run -- a two-run shot
that drove in Ishikawa -- with one out.
Jackson was pulled in favor of right-handed reliever Carlos Villanueva
with two outs in the third. Jackson gave up seven earned runs, eight
hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.
"This was an example of going out and battling against yourself," said
Jackson. "Trying to make things happen and trying to pitch instead of
letting the game come to you. You've got to get back to having fun and
being loose. ... It's just terrible."
Jackson, with a team-leading 14 losses and his shortest outing of the
season, could face some changes ahead.
"We're going to assess and evaluate and see where we go," Cubs manager
Rick Renteria said when asked about Jackson. "It was command (tonight)
because his velocities have been decent."
Pence made it 8-2 in the fourth inning with his 17th homer of the year,
a leadoff solo shot off Villanueva.
NOTES: Giants INF Pablo Sandoval has a .981 fielding percentage, the
second highest among National League third baseman. He has just six
errors in 117 games. ... The Giants send LHP Madison Bumgarner (13-9,
3.14 ERA) against LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86 ERA) in Thursday's regular
scheduled game. Pitchers for Thursday's resumed game have not been
announced. ... Tuesday's suspended game was the Cubs' first at Wrigley
Field since July 10, 1987, against the Dodgers. That game was suspended
because of darkness tied at 4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth
inning. When it resumed the next day, the Dodgers went on to a 5-4
victory in 10 innings. ... Cubs SS Starlin Castro was pulled from
Wednesday's lineup because of a family emergency and rookie 2B Javier
Baez moved to short in his place. How long Castro might be gone was not
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