CHICAGO – Now this was the kind of raking the Giants could enjoy watching for two or three hours.
Andrew Susac hit his first major league home run, Travis Ishikawa hit a pair of RBI doubles and the Giants doused Edwin Jackson with a sudden burst of extra-base hits while taking an 8-3 victory from the Chicago Cubs on a dry Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Jake Peavy allowed 10 hits in seven innings but made enough pitches out of the stretch to take advantage of a rare deluge of run support. He’s 3-0 when he gets at least seven runs, 0-12 when he does not.
The game took a plodding pace but ended well before midnight – eliminating any chance at a baseball rarity of having two clubs decide three games on Thursday. Thanks to Major League Baseball’s first upheld protest in 28 years, the Giants and Cubs will resume Tuesday’s (now) suspended game on Thursday prior to the regularly scheduled series finale between the clubs.
Starting pitching report
After going 1-12 over his 23 starts, Peavy has won back-to-back outings for the first time since Aug. 25-31 of last season.
Peavy (2-3 with Giants) gave up a two-run home run to Chris Valaika in the second inning and allowed the leadoff man to reach in each of his first four innings, but benefited from two lineouts to Ishikawa at first base while also inducing three double-play grounders – including one he had a hand in turning.
Peavy didn’t walk a batter, struck out eight and departed after seven innings with an 8-2 lead.
Juan Gutierrez gave up a solo homer to Luis Valbuena in the eighth inning. Jean Machi pitched the ninth.
At the plate
The Giants don’t have a true batting cage here at Wrigley Field and after Tuesday’s four-hour delay, it seemed like an eternity since they had seen major league pitching. But they were ready for Jackson (6-14) from the very first pitch.
They batted around in a four-run first inning that started with runners at the corners after consecutive singles from Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence. Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly, Michael Morse walked, Joe Panik lined an RBI single and Ishikawa laced an 0-2 fastball into the left field corner to score a pair.
Morse doubled to start a three-run third. Ishikawa doubled again – yanking an down-and-in slider along the right field line this time -- and Susac drove a 1-1, 93 mph fastball the other way that traveled into the second row of the right field bleachers.
Susac descended the dugout stairs to a series of high fives, none more enthusiastic than the ones from former Fresno teammates Panik and Ishikawa.
Pence connected for his 17th home run of the season in the fourth.
The Giants had the infield shift on for Anthony Rizzo when he hit a ground ball to Ishikawa in the third inning. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was nearest to second base, collected the throw and made an impressive turn, with Peavy covering to collect the putout at first base.
The Cubs announced 30,633 paid. And by the way, the Cubs invited all ticketholders for Tuesday’s suspended game to redeem their ticket stubs for a free bag of calcinated clay. Just kidding. They can redeem them (the stubs, not the clay) for a complimentary weeknight game at Wrigley Field later this season.
The Giants and Cubs play a … what are we calling this? An abbreviated doubleheader? A game-and-a-halfer? Great Protestations? Anyway, first pitch of Tuesday’s suspended game will resume on Thursday at 2 p.m. PDT in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Cubs leading 2-0. “Starting” pitchers to be announced. Then the two clubs will play the regularly scheduled series finale at 5:05 p.m. PDT, with Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14 ERA) vs. Cubs left-hander Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86).