SAN FRANCISCO — After giving updates on five injured position players before Friday’s game, Bruce Bochy smiled.
“I have a full bullpen,” he said. “That, I do have.”
He didn’t need it.
Jake Peavy was remarkably efficient in one of his best starts as a Giant, throwing just 79 pitches in seven sharp innings to lead the way in a 9-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Peavy gave up one run on a solo homer to Justin Upton and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way as the Giants picked up a game in the NL West standings for the first time since August 21.
The lineup had little trouble with Andrew Cashner, who is weirdly hittable for a guy who sits in the upper 90’s and has a 96 mph two-seamer. Angel Pagan drove in a run in the second and the Giants scored two more in the third with a string of four singles. A walk and three singles drove in two more runs in the fifth, with Ehire Adrianza and Peavy providing the final blows. Cashner threw an astounding 117 pitches in 4 2/3 innings and gave up five earned on nine hits and four walks.
The Giants tacked on four more in the seventh, with Jarrett Parker smacking a long pinch-hit double and Matt Duffy lining a two-run single.
Starting pitching report: Peavy got through seven for the first time since July 8. That was his second start back from back and hip injuries.
Bullpen report: Cory Gearrin made his Giants debut in the top of the eighth and immediately showed that he has a big league mean-mug. He has big league stuff, too. He got a grounder to the mound and a strikeout before giving way to Javi Lopez.
At the plate: Peavy has an RBI in two straight starts. Before this month he had not driven in a run in over three years. Over the last eight games, the Giants have RBI from a 40-year-old pitcher (Tim Hudson), a 38-year-old (Ryan Vogelsong) and a 34-year-old (Peavy).
In the field: Matt Kemp appeared to have a solo homer to center in the top of the seventh, but Angel Pagan tracked the ball perfectly and timed his leap, robbing Kemp. Pagan flashed a huge smile as the crowd roared, and Kemp laughed and nodded to Peavy as he ran back to the dugout.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,621 human beings. (By the way, if the shutout streak is ever to die, it’ll be next week sometime when the Reds and Diamondbacks come to town.)
Up next: The Giants haven’t gotten their annual no-hitter against the Padres yet. On a related note, Madison Bumgarner starts Saturday against Ian Kennedy.