SAN FRANCISCO — The Milwaukee Brewers became the latest team to find that this version of the Giants can put you away in a hurry.
The Giants beat the Brewers 5-0 on Wednesday, scoring all their runs during a long seventh-inning rally. They’ve won 14 of their last 17 games and temporarily pulled into a tie for first place in the National League West.
Jake Peavy gave the Giants another quality start, taking a shutout through six innings. Peavy cruised through most of the afternoon and buckled down when he really needed to. The Brewers put two on with two outs in the sixth, but Peavy got Ryan Braun to strike out on a nasty cutter, ending the threat.
The Giants took the lead an inning later when Matt Duffy singled and flew home on Hunter Pence’s double to the wall in left. That was just the start for a lineup that continues to roll. Brandon Belt had a single and Brandon Crawford made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly. After Hector Sanchez’s double, Ehire Adrianza drove in a pair with a single to right. A sacrifice fly by Gregor Blanco capped the inning.
Starting pitching report: Peavy allowed just four hits and struck out three over six scoreless innings. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his five starts since returning to the rotation.
Bullpen report: You won’t see many innings turn the way the top of the seventh did. Hunter Strickland entered and threw six straight balls, including a wild pitch that put a runner on second. He threw just one ball the rest of the way, getting out of the inning and stranding the runner.
At the plate: Peavy was hitless in his first 15 starts with the Giants. He now has a three-game hitting streak. Baseball, man.
In the field: It was a big day for Pence’s highlight reel. He ran like half a mile in the third inning to rob Hernan Perez of what would have been at least an RBI double. In the fourth, he threw a perfect one-hop strike to third base to nail Jonathan Lucroy, who had tried to advance on a fly ball to right.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 42,352 human beings who apparently didn't have to work.
Up next: A day off! It’ll be a busy one, though. The trade deadline is Friday and the Giants are looking for ways to upgrade. Stay tuned. Like, stay on this very website.