"Against Peavy, I have to do my best," Sanchez said.The left-hander admitted feeling rocked when Blanco, a .227 lifetime hitter entering this season, slammed his second homer.
"I was angry," said Sanchez, admitting that he needed to "stay back, relax and make my pitches."That's what Peavy does in most of his starts, though he had lost five of his previous eight decisions against San Francisco. Four of the Giants' hits off him went for extra bases, but he permitted more than one hit in only one inning, the fourth, before Randy Winn and Fred Lewis doubled in the ninth inning to prompt the appearance of San Diego closer Heath Bell. Bell struck out Bengie Molina and coaxed Pablo Sandoval's foul popup to earn his third save. Still, Bochy appreciated his club's competitiveness.
"We got three runs off Jake. You don't expect to score that many off of him," he said.The Giants might not have expected to drop the first two games of this series after finishing 13-5 against the Padres last season. Yet the Giants already have lost as many games at PETCO Park this season as they did last year, when they finished 7-2 here. The Padres have been considered a joke by so-called experts, none of whom actually have to play against them. But they're one victory away from sweeping the Giants. "They have a pretty good offense over there," Bochy said. "They have [Brian] Giles and Gonzalez hitting third and fourth and they have good hitters at the top of the order. They're going to put runs on the board."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.