Giants Offense Finds Lift from Unexpected Places in Win over Cubs

The Giants recovered from a wet Tuesday night to take the first full game of the series against the Chicago Cubs 8-3.

Andrew Susac hit his first Major League home run, and Travis Ishikawa drove in three in the rout.

The San Francisco offense gave Jake Peavy something that he hasn’t seen much of this year – an early lead. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence opened the game with back-to-back singles before Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly put the Giants on the board. Pence went to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and Michael Morse walked. Joe Panik, returning to the lineup after dislocating his pinky finger on Sunday, knocked an RBI single into left before Ishikawa collected the first of two doubles on the night, bringing in two more runs and making it 4-0.

Peavy gave a couple of those runs back in the bottom of the second when Luis Valbuena led off with a triple before Chris Valaika launched a two-out, two-run homer into the left field bleachers. But the Giants righty settled in and delivered another quality start, tossing seven innings for the second straight start and giving up ten hits, two runs, no walks, and striking out eight. He threw 111 pitches –78 strikes – and earned his second win in a row.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson didn’t fare as well, as he lasted just 2 2/3 innings and surrendered seven runs on eight hits, two walks, and two strikeouts on 61 pitches, 37 strikes. After dropping a four-spot on him in the first, the Giants tagged Jackson for three more runs in the top of the third. Morse led off with a double, and Ishikawa’s second double of the night knocked him in. That brought up Susac, who drove the ball the opposite way over the wall in right for the first home run of his young Major League career.

Wrigley Field was hot on Wednesday night, as Pence led off the fourth with a solo shot to left off of Carlos Villanueva for his team-leading 17th homer of the season. Valbuena took Juan Gutierrez deep in the eighth to make it 8-3.

The Giants and Cubs will resume Tuesday night’s game at 2 PST on Thursday. It’ll be 2-0 Cubs in the bottom of the fifth. They’ll also play the regularly scheduled game at 5 PST.

Hope you’re ready for some Giants baseball.