The Giants finalized their new two-year, $24 million contract with Jake Peavy this week. In the video below, the veteran right-hander discusses his decision to stay with the defending World Series champions:
Peavy began last season with the Red Sox and posted a 4.72 ERA across 22 starts prior to being traded to the Giants in July. The move back to the National League and a pitcher-friendly home ballpark seemed to agree with him, as he put up a 2.17 ERA and 58/17 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings across 12 starts down the stretch. The 33-year-old threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in the NLDS against the Nationals before scuffling in his final three postseason starts, but the Giants are happy to have him back for 2015. He’ll be a part of a rotation which currently projects to include Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson, Matt Cain, and Tim Lincecum.
The Padres turned out in remarkable fashion on Saturday, following up on Friday’s 6-3 win with a decisive 19-run effort to take the series from the Blue Jays. Rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill spun six strong innings, holding Toronto to three runs and striking out nine of 22 batters, but it was the Padres’ offense that really sealed the deal.
Of the 19 runs they put up, seven landed for home runs — establishing a franchise-best record for most home runs amassed during a single game.
Wil Myers and Ian Kinsler went back-to-back for the first two homers, each coming off of an Edwin Jackson pitch in the second inning. Myers’ 351-foot blast was his eighth of the season, while Kinsler’s 382-footer marked his sixth so far this spring. Two innings later, in the fourth, Jackson once again set the table for Austin Hedges, who promptly went yard with the first grand slam of his five-year career in the majors and boosted the Padres to a six-run advantage.
The home runs came for the Blue Jays, too — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. plucked one from a bouquet of sliders in the second, while Justin Smoak collected his ninth homer on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth — but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the Padres. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe took his turn against Derek Law and punched a two-run shot out to center field. He returned in the eighth for a second helping, sandwiching another 376-foot home run in between a solo homer from Eric Hosmer and a two-RBI knock from Myers, too.
By the time the dust settled, the Padres had gathered 19 runs on 20 hits. They finished the game just one run shy of tying their single-game record for runs scored, a feat no Padres’ lineup has replicated since their 20-7 rout of the Expos on May 19, 2001.