The Giants lost only three players to injuries, finally beat the Chicago Cubs and found a candidate to fill the No. 2 spot in their rotation on Tuesday.
That’s about as good as it gets for a Giants team that has fallen on hard times lately.
“It’s a great win for us with all the injuries and getting down two runs in the first inning,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was just a gutty effort by everyone.”
Jake Peavy pitched six-plus solid innings and pronounced himself ready to ride shotgun to Madison Bumgarner if necessary.
“Probably as sharp as I’ve seen him this year,” batterymate Buster Posey said.
“I’m trying to be the best I can ever be,” Peavy said. “I’m trying to be a No. 1 on my night, which is win day, really. But yeah, certainly, we’re trying to fall in behind our best guy, which is Bum as we all know, and be the best we can be.”
Gregor Blanco (strained hip), Brandon Crawford (strained oblique) and Matt Duffy (sprained ankle) became the latest casualties, but none was expected to be out for an extended period.
“It’s been really unbelievable, to be honest, especially in the outfield,” Bochy said of the injury epidemic.
Juan Perez will take over in center field until Blanco or Angel Pagan becomes available. Pagan could return from the disabled list early next week.
The situation became so urgent, Posey might have been next in line at third base.
“We’re going to have to find some ways to get some runs on the board, scratch and claw,” Bochy said. “We’re missing some guys.
“Meanwhile, we’ll keep marching and, hopefully, our guys will pick it up and guys who get a chance to play will contribute. That’s what it’s going to be for a while until we get these guys healthy.”
Bochy started a lineup that, from five through eight in the order, included four players who weren’t on the Opening Day roster — Marlon Byrd, Kelby Tomlinson, Juan Perez and Ehire Adrianza.
Overall, 12 different players have spent a total of 457 games there.
The list: Blanco, Pagan, Peavy, Hunter Pence (three times), Jeremy Affeldt (twice), Nori Aoki (twice), Tim Hudson (twice), Andrew Susac, Mike Leake, Matt Cain, Joe Panik and Tim Lincecum.
Bochy said no decision has been made on whether Cain would make his next start on Sunday. Either Chris Heston or Tim Hudson could take his place.Bruce BochyBuster PoseyChicago CubsJake PeavyMatt DuffyMLBNori AokiSan Francisco Giants