San Francisco, CA – A pair of home runs was enough offensive power to back Jake Peavy in front of a sellout crowd on the 4th of July.
The Giants celebrated the holiday with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies. As for the drama, a simple balk that scored in one run was all San Francisco could spare as their defense was outstanding.
A few bloops and blunders for the Giants put two on in the second. Peavy gave up his second double in the first two frames.
Ryan Raburn led off the second with a double off the center field wall that left Angel Pagan scrambling. Mark Reynolds followed with a fly ball that dropped between Pagan and second baseman Grant Green.
Peavy’s free pass to Nick Hundley loaded the bases and a balk on Peavy scored in Raburn to make it a 1-0 game.
While Tyler Anderson was at-bat, a perplexed Peavy balked on a pickoff throw to first base but first baseman Brandon Belt was no where near the bag. He struck out Anderson and forced Charlie Blackmon to ground out to end the threat.
“I’m confused about the rule and will have to look at that again,’’ Peavy said. “He’s got to be moving toward the bag, I guess.”
“That could have been the big difference in the game,” said Buster Posey. “Limiting them to one run was very important.”
Posey praised the defense and also played a major part part on the offense as well. Posey tied the game with a solo shot to center field to start the second. He recorded his 10th home run of the season. Anderson who lasted six innings, allowed three runs, one walk, and struck out two.
San Francisco added on two more runs in the third and they were done for the night. Ruben Tejada singled to lead off the third. Anderson struck out Peavy but surrendered a two-run homer to Pagan extending the Giants lead 3-1. After that the defense and bullpen took over denying Colorado another run.
“Both those, they just got pitches they were sitting on,” Anderson said. “Those balls were up as well. Posey is obviously one of the best hitters in the game, did what he was supposed to with that pitch. Pagan got it just right.”
Peavy on the other had is getting better. He tossed 6 2/3 frames and improved to 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA and a .215 opponents average against in his past eight games, with San Francisco posting a 6-2 record during that stretch. Despite his balk, Peavy gave up five hits, one run, walked two and struck out six.
“More than anything, he’s just doing a better job of pitching and backing off a little bit, changing speeds, hitting his spots,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Sergio Romo was activated from the 60-day disable list today. He took the mound in the eighth and received a standing ovation. Only a brief return, he retired the first batter he faced but gave up a double to Nolan Arenado. Romo made his first appearance since April 10th vs vs LAD.
He appeared in four games this season allowing only one run in 3.1 innings. Romo was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 15 with a flexor strain in his pitching arm and was later transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10th.