SAN FRANCISCO — The next time Hensley Meulens interviews for a manager job, his pitch should last about six seconds. The hitting coach should walk into the room, sit down, smile — and point out that five different Giants pitchers homered in 2014.
Jake Peavy became the latest to join the club, smacking a solo shot through the mist in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Reds. Peavy was pretty good on the mound, too, going six strong.
The Giants scored in each of the first three innings and led 3-0 when Peavy stepped up with one out in the fourth. Peavy has such bad vision that catcher Buster Posey has to paint his fingers black so Peavy can see the signs, but he got a fastball from Collin Balester and smoked it into the left field seats.
The Giants have nine of the 24 pitcher home runs this season, and they tied a Major League record by having a fifth pitcher hit a homer. They’re the first team to pull it off since the 2002 Dodgers, and four of the pitchers (all but Madison Bumgarner) have gone deep in the past 13 games.
Peavy cruised into the sixth, when the Reds put two in scoring position with two outs. Bruce Bochy came to the mound and Peavy appeared to talk his way into facing Ramon Cabrera. He got a popup, and screamed and pointed at catcher Buster Posey as soon as the ball left Cabrera’s bat.
Things got hairy in the eighth when the Reds loaded the bases with no outs, but Hunter Strickland entered and got out of the jam with just one run getting across.
The Reds threatened again in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs. Santiago Casilla got Brandon Phillips to ground out weakly to short.
Starting pitching report: Peavy was charged with two earned in six innings and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. When he was pulled, he was just three outs short of pitching a Bumgarner. (Seven innings, two-or-fewer runs, hit a homer. That’s going to be a thing.)
Bullpen report: Cory Gearrin, who held righties to a .151 average in Triple-A, entered for Peavy and got a strikeout (of Adam Duvall) and a grounder back to the mound. The Giants might have found a Seventh Inning Sergio Romo.
At the plate: Peavy’s homer was the third of his career and his first since 2006. He went 287 plate appearances between homers.
In the field: Tucker Barnhart lined a ball off Casilla in the ninth, but Matt Duffy raced over, picked it up and made a perfect throw to first to get a close out.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,383 human beings. At some point it rained.
Up next: A day off! The Diamondbacks come to town on Friday, with Rubby De La Rosa, Patrick Corbin and Jeremy Hellickson set to pitch. Brandon Crawford should return to the Giants lineup.