A reunion of Jake Peavy and Bruce Bochy had its hiccups on Sunday evening, as errors, mental mistakes and speedy Dodger offense led to a fourth straight loss for the Giants as they fell to Los Angeles 4-3.
Dan Uggla didn’t make the best defensive impression on new teammate Jake Peavy, as he committed two errors on Sunday evening. The first inning mistake was corrected by a double play, but the second came off the bat of Hanley Ramirez and straight through Uggla’s legs. Ramirez was thrown out by Uggla, allowing Carl Crawford to reach base, then score after two straight singles.
The fifth inning woes returned on Sunday evening, as the Dodgers were able to push three runs over the plate. Los Angeles’ first run of the inning came from two dropped third strikes, the first of which going to the speedy Dee Gordon. A wild pitch helped Gordon advance to third, then he scored when Buster Posey didn’t check back on the base runner before throwing out Gonzalez, A single from Hanley Ramirez and triple from Carl Crawford put two more on the board for the Dodgers before the inning was done.
“It’s a tough inning for us, a tough inning for Jake. Made a few mistakes and it came back to get you,” said manager Bruce Bochy.
Peavy’s overall outing was a solid one, as he gave up just three earned runs in spite of all the defensive miscues throughout his six innings of work. While his effort didn’t quite mirror his prior 14-2 record with a 2.21 ERA against the Dodgers, he did record his first quality start as a Giant, walking two and striking out five in his debut. Peavy was nearing the 100-pitch mark in the sixth inning, but Bochy left him in to finish the frame, even with a lefty ready in the bullpen.
“With the way he was throwing the ball, he deserved a chance,” said Bochy. “He’s a battler, he’s a competitor, and he’s not going to want to come out in that situation.”
While it wasn’t enough to avoid a sweep, the Giants were able score three in tonight’s game, highlighted by a home run from Buster Posey. The blast was his twelfth of the season, and the first extra base hit for the Giants since Wednesday’s win against the Phillies.
Brian Wilson came in to the game as “Don’t Stop Believing” played and boos rang out from around the stadium. Oh, how times have changed since 2010. The former Giant came to the hill against the strength of San Francisco’s lineup, but with the exception of a walk to Posey, was able to retire Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and Michael Morse to end the threat.
With this loss, the Giants now trail the Dodgers in the standings by 1.5 games, as the Dodgers return home off a sweep of their rivals and take on the Atlanta Braves. Earlier, Bochy mentioned that today’s game was incredibly important to the club, but after a tough sweep, some changes in perspective must be made.
“It’s going to be important to put this behind us,” said Bochy. “We have a tough team coming in here and we have to regroup, you have no choice in this game.”
Tomorrow the Giants welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates into town for a three game series. Madison Bumgarner is coming off a strong outing, throwing eight shutout innings in spite of an almost hour-long rain delay in the fourth inning. He’ll face Vance Worley, whose last win was a 12-7 win over the Dodgers at PNC Park. The Pirates have been hot coming off the All Star Break, winning six of nine after the time off. The Giants tied their home series against Pittsburgh last season.
First pitch at 7:15pm.