But it sure beats where they could have been had they not taken
care of business against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants completed preparations for their pending duel with the
Dodgers in triumphant fashion Thursday afternoon, completing a
three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 6-2 victory.
A ninth consecutive home win allowed the Giants (81-65) to move
within two games of the idle Dodgers (83-63) on the eve of the
potentially pivotal head-to-head that begins Friday night in San
"This is where our focus was," Giants manager Bruce Bochy was proud
to boast of a 5-1, 5-0, 6-2 demolition of the now last-place
Diamondbacks. "You worry about the next team when they come in. That
was our approach."
Right-hander Jake Peavy continued a stretch of brilliant pitching by
Giants starters, holding the Diamondbacks to one run in 5 2/3
Right-handers Yusmeiro Petit, Ryan Vogelsong and Peavy combined to
limit the Diamondbacks to two runs and 12 hits in 21 1/3 innings in
the series sweep, the Giants' first over the Diamondbacks at home
"This was a game we wanted and we came out and played a good game
all the way around," Peavy observed. "A good way to go into the
weekend, that's for sure."
In winning a third consecutive start, Peavy (5-4) allowed six hits,
including a triple by shortstop Cliff Pennington and double by first
baseman Mark Trumbo that produced the Diamondbacks' first run in the
sixth inning. Right-hander Jean Machi relieved Peavy with two outs
and Trumbo at second and got center fielder A.J. Pollock to ground
Peavy struck out eight, one off his season best, and did not walk a
batter in 5 2/3 innings.
"Since we've gotten him, it's been fun to watch him. He's been on
every start," Bochy said of Peavy. "He did another great job."
Giants catcher Buster Posey led a 12-hit attack with a double and
two singles, right fielder Hunter Pence drove in two runs and center
fielder Angel Pagan scored twice after two hits.
The Giants have outscored their opponents 58-14 during their home
"We're feeling good right now," Posey assured. "The way we came out
and played these three games, you could tell everybody was focused
on the Diamondbacks."
The Giants got to Arizona starter Randall Delgado for single runs in
the first, third and fourth innings to take a 3-0 lead. Pagan scored
the first two runs after leading off the first and third innings
with a double and a single, respectively.
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Delgado (3-4), who entered the game with a 2.00 career ERA against
the Giants in seven previous appearances, was pulled after having
allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings. He walked two and
struck out three.
"If you're not hitting, you have to play better, and we didn't do
that," analyzed Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock, whose team
fell into a tie with Colorado for last place in the N.L. West.
"They had a couple of hits I'm still scratching my head how they
got. But they are believing it right now and have a lot of positive
Interestingly, the early hook on Delgado allowed Diamondbacks
starters to post a 14th consecutive game allowing three or fewer
runs. The streak is the longest in a season in Arizona history.
The Giants broke the game open with a three-run sixth inning against
the third Diamondbacks pitcher, right-hander Matt Stites. Left
fielder Juan Perez, who entered the game in a double switch in the
top of the inning, doubled in a run and scored on Posey's third hit
-- a single -- to highlight the uprising.
With a comfortable lead, the Giants were able to pull two starters
to give them an extra inning or two of rest before the big series.
"It should be exciting baseball," Bochy predicted. "We're playing a
very, very good team. It's what the game's all about. It's where you
hope to be in September."
Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb capped the game's scoring with
a solo home run, his third homer of the season, off Giants
right-hander Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning.
Pennington and second baseman Chris Owings had two hits apiece for
Arizona, which was outhit 12-9.
NOTES: Giants starting pitchers have posted a 1.00 ERA in their last
10 home games. ... Giants CF Angel Pagan went 7-for-12 in the series
to raise his average against the Diamondbacks to .488 this season.
... The Giants got good news during the game when 1B Brandon Belt
was formally cleared to resume full-scale baseball activities.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy expects Belt, out since Aug. 6 with a
concussion, to be back in the lineup before the end of the regular
season. ... Bochy listed OF/1B Michael Morse (strained left oblique)
as doubtful for the three-game series against the Los Angeles
Dodgers that begins Friday night. ... The Diamondbacks have only two
series left against contenders, both at home: Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday against the Giants and the final three days of the regular
season (Sept. 26-28) against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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