SAN FRANCISCO — You could argue that everyone should have gone home the second poor Billy Burns was removed Friday night with what was announced as a “testicular contusion,” but the show must go on, and the Giants made sure their fans went home happy in the opener of the Bay Bridge Series.
The 9-3 win over the A’s was never close, with the Giants scoring twice in the first, twice more in the second and three times in the fifth to give Jake Peavy a big cushion. The right-hander pitched into the seventh for the fourth straight start, allowing three earned on five hits.
Buster Posey and Hunter Pence drove in runs in the first inning and a single by Angel Pagan made it 3-0. Joe Panik was one of the few Giants who didn’t pad his batting average on this night, but his sacrifice fly made it 4-0 through two innings. Doubles by Pence and Brandon Belt brought two more runs home in the fifth, and a throwing error by A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie led to another run.
Pence had four hits, two RBI and a run. Posey had three singles and a stolen base, Pagan reached base his first four times up and Belt had two hits and drove in three runs.
Starting pitching report: Peavy’s four starts since coming off the DL: 25 2/3 innings, 3.50 ERA.
Bullpen report: George Kontos had stranded the first 26 runners he inherited this season, but Billy Butler came around from first when Kontos took over in the seventh inning. Kontos had been the only pitcher with at least 15 inherited runners to have a 100 percent strand rate.
At the plate: Peavy was hitless in his first 30 at-bats after a trade here from Boston, but he picked up a single to right last weekend in Phoenix and he had another hit Friday. With Gregor Blanco taking off from first, Peavy pulled back a bunt and hit a chopper up the middle. Oakland’s Ben Zobrist and Eric Sogard had an eye on Blanco and neither got to the ball as it slowly rolled into center.
In the field: Lawrie’s error was the MLB-leading 86th for the A’s. The Giants have 48 errors.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 42,128. You figure at least one person wore one of those jankey Giants-A’s split-down-the-middle-caps.
Up next: Chris Bassitt faces off against Madison Bumgarner, who has a 6.41 ERA in three career starts against Oakland.