SAN FRANCISCO — Well, it turns out there is a way for the Giants to beat the 2015 Cubs.
Jake Peavy went deep and the Giants finally got the big hits they’ve been missing for over a week. It added up to a 4-2 win over a Cubs team that’s threatening to run away with the second Wild Card spot and had won the first five meetings between these teams this season.
This one got off to a terrible start for the Giants. Kyle Schwarber reached on a leadoff “double” when a popup dropped between Buster Posey and Peavy. The Cubs went up by a pair when Kris Bryant roped a two-out single into center, scoring Schwarber and Chris Coghlan, who had walked.
The Giants immediately got a run back on Nori Aoki’s leadoff homer into the arcade. Already playing without half their starting lineup, the Giants got a scare when Matt Duffy tweaked his ankle sliding back into first in the bottom of the inning. Duffy stayed in and stole second, and he scored five batters later on a fielder’s choice.
The game cruised through the middle innings, but Peavy put runners on the corners with one out in the sixth. He struck out Anthony Rizzo and then got Bryant to fly out to right.
Brandon Belt got the park stirring in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff triple. He scored on Posey’s double, and Posey came around on Kelby Tomlinson’s double to right, giving the Giants a two-run lead.
The Cubs nearly got the runs back in the seventh, putting two in scoring position on Aoki’s error. But Hunter Strickland entered and got a strikeout and Javier Lopez whiffed Schwarber to end the inning.
Starting pitching report: Peavy might have gotten through seven, but Aoki’s misplay ended his night. As it was, he was charged with two earned in 6 1/3 innings.
Bullpen report: There have been peaks and valleys in the Giants bullpen … and then there’s Lopez. Wednesday’s scoreless appearance was his 19th straight. Opposing hitters are batting just .122 against him. He’s as good as he has ever been.
At the plate: Aoki’s homer was his fifth. He had just one last season for the Royals.
In the field: The best play in this one was Addison Russell’s brilliant spin-and-throw to start a double play on Posey. The A’s are going to regret that trade for a long, long time.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,640 human beings. None of them got bobbleheads.
Up next: Madison Bumgarner has been just about unhittable at home lately, and he takes the ball Thursday. Dan Haren starts for the Cubs.