SAN FRANCISCO — At this point, even a manager headed for the Hall of Fame may be facing too many leaks to plug.
The Giants have spent a week trying to find some way to spark the offense, but when asked Friday afternoon about the possibility of changing the roster construction, Bruce Bochy said he feels the need to keep 13 pitchers for the time being. Friday’s 9-0 loss to the Diamondbacks showed why.
Five days after throwing just four innings in a loss to the Padres, Jake Peavy was knocked out with two down in the fourth inning. He had given up four runs at that point, his ERA sitting at 9.39 for the season.
The big blow came with one out and two on in the third, when Peavy threw Jake Lamb a 3-2 sinker that cut back across the heart of the plate and soon was shooting out to the 421 sign in right-center field. It was a two-run triple for the intriguing young third baseman. Josh Collmenter, the opposing pitcher, helped knock Peavy out in the fourth when a sinker cut up and in and he dumped it into right for an RBI single.
Collmenter had three hits and allowed just four to a Giants team that has lost eight straight games for the first time since 2007.
Starting pitching report
Of the 71 pitches Peavy threw, only four produced swinging strikes. His fastball is up a tick as he gets further away from a “dead arm” period and back tightness, but Peavy is still having trouble putting hitters away. He has allowed 12 hits and eight earned runs in his first two starts, a far cry from the pitcher who helped the Giants reach the postseason last August and September.
This isn’t how it’s supposed to work when you have two long men, but Bochy was forced to put a heavy load on guys at the front end of the bullpen. Ryan Vogelsong threw 60 pitches and likely won’t be available until after Monday’s day off. In an ideal world, Vogelsong would have cruised through the finish of this clunker, but he was pulled with two on and no outs in the eighth as Yusmeiro Petit entered for 28 pitches. George Kontos also pitched.
At the plate
As noted above, the Giants entire lineup just about kept pace in the hits column with a pitcher who warmed up in the 12th inning less than 24 hours earlier.
In the field
Casey McGehee returned to the lineup, but man, he really does not look healthy. McGehee made an awkward diving/rolling attempt at A.J. Pollock’s slow grounder in the sixth and didn’t have the strength in his knees to pop right up to throw. His throw sailed wide of the bag at first, allowing Pollock to reach, and he got up gingerly, hobbling the first few steps back toward the bag. Two batters later, David Peralta spun one down the third-base line and McGehee couldn’t get close to it.
The Giants announced a crowd of 41,550, the 332nd consecutive sellout at AT&T Park. If this continues, this might be the year the sellout streak dies.
Save them, Chris Heston. The rookie gets the ball after the ring ceremony, and the Giants need innings, lots of them. Heston has allowed one earned run over 13 innings in two starts this season. He’ll face off against Rubby De La Rosa, who gave up six earned against the Giants on April 7.