The Giants were one strike away from a win Monday night.
Bruce Bochy said of the rough loss:
“Tough time, it’s a tough one when you’re a pitch away and they tie the game.”
The Denver air and iffy command sabotaged Peavy in his last start against the Rockies. He plummeted quick, taking a rough loss after giving up 11 hits and six runs in four innings.
Peavy edged that line Monday night, evading a first-inning, bases-loaded jam incurred after Jean Segura grabbed a leadoff single, Jake Lamb doubled off the left field wall and Peavy smacked Paul Goldschmidt with a pitch.
But the D’Backs could only squeeze one run out of it; David Peralta scored Segura on a 6-4-3 double play and Yasmani Tomas lined out on the first pitch to hold Peavy at 16 pitches with but a scratch to show for it all.
It looked like Peavy had control of the potent Diamondbacks’ lineup, but they just kept crawling back in it.
The Giants took answered the D’Backs’ early lead with a two-run second; Peavy himself nudged the offense with a one-out single up the middle gunned it to third on a sly hit Angel Pagan sent the other way, and put the Giants in the board after an Archie Bradley wild pitch. A Denard Span RBI single handed the Giants a 2-1 lead.
“Didn’t start the way we wanted to but settled in, just made a bat pitch to Castillo there. Executed to start the sixth and then didn’t for the next few pitches and that was it for me.”
Joe Panik answered back with a solo homer to deep right, his third, prompting a three-run Giants rally. Bradley left Buster Posey and Brandon Belt on base for Randall Delgado, who walked Brandon Crawford to juice the bases. Peavy worked a walk to score one and Angel Pagan’s double cleared the bases.
Nail in the coffin? Definitely not. The D’Backs clawed back into it, notching two in the sixth and tied it up in the eighth thanks to a pair of sacrifice flies.
Denard Span fired off a leadoff triple in the bottom of the inning and another wild pitch gave the Giants another short-term lead. It was not over.
Casilla, one strike away from the save, surrendered that game-tying home run that ultimately sent the game into extras.
The game went to the 11th, where the D’Backs took the Giants out of their misery. They capitalized on a Phil Gosselin leadoff single, ultimately sending him home thanks to a fatigued Joe Panik error. Jake Lamb, the night’s Giant killer, capped it off the comeback with an RBI double to seal it.
Bochy announced after the game that George Kontos is headed to the DL with a flexor strain. The Giants will announce a roster move tomorrow.
With two anchors like Sergio Romo (out with similar injury) and Kontos out, things are looking grim for this young bullpen. This is the second lead that the bullpen has blown in the ninth this season. Peavy isn’t concerned:
“It’s the San Francisco Giant way, next guy up. We have guys in triple-A with experience that were in camp with us and this is going to help them grow. Watching Derek Law come up and take the experience he’s had in Spring Training and jump right in and help, we expect the next guy up to do that. This bullpen is going to be just fine.”
Law made his AT&T debut today and impressed, striking out two — David Peralta and Welington Castillo — in a 1-2-3 inning 10th inning. He’s fitting in nicely.
The Giants have a few options on the 40-man to fill in for Kontos. RHP Mike Broadway and LHP Steven Okert have been dealing in Sacramento. Ty Blach, Clayton Blackburn and Chris Stratton are other long-reliever options. The team will make an announcement Tuesday.
Peavy the hitter
Jake Peavy singled and drew a walk tonight. He spoke about the power and presence a hitting pitcher has in a lineup:
“I take it serious to try to contribute on that side of the ball. I understand what it’s like to be out there as a pitcher. And if another pitcher can handle the bat, as can Archie Bradley, and you know that the guy is an athlete and can play the game, that’s one more thing you gotta worry about than a guy you don’t have to worry about. So I tried to help and got a couple good at bats to help score some runs. I was excited about that.”
He added, on facing Archie Bradley:
“It’s tough when you’ve never seen a pitcher before, especially when you have eyesight like mine.”
Goldy’s 48 RBI (since 2011) are the most a player has against the Giants. He’s Giants kryptonite, usually. Tonight he went 2-for-4 without any RBI. The Giants could very well see this as progress. Peavy struck him out in the third (after hitting him in the first):
“I made good pitches to Goldschmidt. …was just trying to send the ball up and in to open up the outer half of the plate and caught him there with that.”