Peavy First Giant Starter to Get Through Four Innings

Three, this is number of World Series titles the San Francisco Giants have won during the last five seasons. Three is the number of runs Giants’ starter Jake Peavy allowed to the Texas Rangers during Friday’s Cactus League action, all coming on one swing from Texas power-hitting prospect Joey Gallo. And three, is the number of wins San Francisco has through 11 games of spring training action.

But four, may be the most significant number to take away from the Giants’ Cactus League game on Friday, March 13.

While the Giants are not exactly off to the start they were hoping for this spring, Peavy did deliver a positive sign as the right-hander became the first San Francisco pitcher to work at least four innings. During the start, Peavy allowed three runs (all earned) on three hits while striking out two. He made one bad pitch, which Gallo sent deep into the Arizona sky.

“It wasn’t really the smartest pitch to throw,” Peavy said, adding that the pitch wasn’t close to the location he was hoping for as it found the middle of the plate instead of the corner it was intended for.

The 33-year-old right-hander was strong at the start of the game, retiring seven of the first eight hitters he faced. But, Peavy hit Hanser Alberto with a pitch and then surrendered a bunt single to Delino DeShields Jr. The Giants starter had joked earlier that he hadn’t faced DeShields –Sr. that is – since Peavy made his debut in 2002.

Despite allowing two runners to reach base, Peavy was able to record what appeared to be a very important strikeout of Ed Lucas for the second out of the third inning. Unfortunately, Gallo followed the Lucas strikeout with his home run that proved to be the difference in the game.

First baseman Brandon Belt and third baseman Casey McGehee kept their strong starts to spring going.

McGehee has been impressive through 11 games. He went 1-for-2 against the Brewers to raise his average to .471.

Belt, finished Friday’s game 1-for-3 and is hitting .400 thus far.

The Giants will have split-squad action against the Diamondbacks taking place today. San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain will make his second appearance after recovering from season-ending elbow surgery and off-season ankle surgery. Cain was strong in his first outing of spring, pitching two perfect innings while using just 20 pitches.

In the second split-squad game, right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will get the call. Vogelsong has posted a 10.80 ERA this spring.

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