A night after the previously-called, now-suspended game, the Giants sent Jake Peavy to the mound against the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson. This game saw the return of Joe Panik, who came back after injuring his thumb on Sunday, however Buster Posey was out due to hip injury. As reported by Giants’ insider Andrew Baggarly:
Buster Posey’s left hip flared up, affected his ABs yesterday. Grtting treatment all day. Available off bench, Bochy hopes to catch him tmrw
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) August 20, 2014
The Giants got on the board early against Jackson. Two singles by Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence, followed by a sacrifice fly by Pablo Sandoval, gave them a 1-run lead in the top of the 1st. Michael Morse walked, Pence stole third, and Joe Panik hit a single to give the Giants their second run. Travis Ishikawa hit a double down the third base line to tack on two more runs in the top of the 1st, all with only one out.
Peavy did not fair much better in the 2nd though, giving up a home run and a handful of hits. Fortunately, he was able to limit the damage, giving up only two runs, and the Giants built onto their lead in the 3rd.
A Morse double and Panik sac-fly set it up for Ishikawa’s second RBI double of the game. Rookie catcher Andrew Susac hit his first major league home run, on what seemed like a routine fly ball to right field, scoring both him and Ishikawa.
Pence hit a solo home run in the top of the 4th to make it 8-2, and Peavy got into a groove, some of it attributed to defensive efforts on double plays in the 3rd and 4th innings. He struck out the side in the 5th, got into some trouble in the 6th but got out of it, and had an easier 7th. He finished out the game with eight strikeouts, giving up two earned runs over ten hits. Peavy got his second win in a Giants uniform, and now has wins in back-to-back starts.
The Giants made noise in the late innings, but never scored another run after the 4th, but they didn’t need to. After Pence’s solo shot, the next run wasn’t scored until the bottom of the 8th, when Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run off of Juan Gutierrez. That would be the last run the Cubs score on Wednesday night.
Jean Machi came in to relieve in the 9th inning, got a strikeout and two ground outs the close out the game. The Giants finish out with eight runs on fourteen hits over nine innings, with multi-hit games from Pence, Sandoval, Panik and Ishikawa.
The Giants will continue their suspended game tomorrow at 2:05 PDT and will play the final game of the series tomorrow at 5:05 PDT.