SAN FRANCISCO --- The San Francisco Giants knew they needed to add more pieces in order to stay afloat for the rest of the season. Infielder Dan Uggla was the first piece. Today, the Giants added pitcher Jake Peavy to the mix. The additions couldn't come soon enough. Tonight, the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers regained first place in the N.L. West with their 5-0 win over the Giants.
The Giants sent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to the mound to face the Dodgers in the second game of the three-game series. He went six innings as he allowed four runs on eight hits, while striking out four batters. Tonight's loss brings Vogelsong to 0-5 in his last six starts, with five of those starts being outings with no run support from the offense.
San Francisco's bats proved to be no match for the prowess of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. Once again, he quieted the Giants offense as he two-hit the home team. Kershaw continues to stymie the Giants in AT&T Park, where he holds a 7-2 record and a 0.69 ERA.
By acquiring Peavy from the Boston Red Sox, the Giants look to turn things around. The signing of the veteran pitcher was announced earlier in the day and San Francisco wasted no time as it was announced that the pitcher would be starting Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
With Matt Cain still possessing an ailing elbow, the rotation was in need of desperate help.
"I'm excited to get here and pitch," the 33-year-old Peavy told reporters. "I expect to win tomorrow, I can tell you that. That's about it."
The San Francisco are expecting and hoping for the same results.
Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) will make his debut against the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39 ERA). First pitch is scheduled at 5:07 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.