CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy walked into the cramped visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field shortly after batting practice and announced that the teams would play two on Thursday. Travis Ishikawa's head dropped.
"My first thought was, 'Gosh, did we get rained out?' " Ishikawa said.
It was all clear a night after a controversial rain delay, and the Giants sailed to an easy 8-3 win after finding out that a successful protest had temporarily wiped Tuesday's loss off the books. As the news spread, the Giants gave themselves a shot to leave Chicago with three wins. The now-suspended game will be completed before Thursday's scheduled contest.
Ishikawa, in his second tour with the franchise, had three hits, including two RBI doubles. Peavy pitched seven resilient innings, saving a bullpen that will have to work overtime Thursday. The Giants had 14 hits and scored seven runs in the first three innings while knocking out erratic Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson.
"A good club lets what happened the previous day go," Peavy said. "You can't play with revenge on your mind."
Peavy put Tuesday's fiasco in the past, but not completely. He knew he needed to go deep to give the bullpen a chance Thursday, when they'll face the Cubs lineup for at least 12 innings.
"We have a long day tomorrow and a lot of innings to play, so it was nice for Jake to get deep into the game," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's a gutty effort."
Peavy viewed it as an incomplete one.
"I told Bochy I wish I could have done more," he said. "I wanted to get through seven and try to go eight."
Peavy scattered 10 hits. He struck out eight and got double plays in three of the first four innings. By that time, the game was well in hand. Four hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly led to four first-inning runs, with Ishikawa getting the biggest blow, a two-run double. Ishikawa added another RBI double in the third. Andrew Susac hit his first-career homer in the third, and Hunter Pence had a solo blast in the fourth.
Susac had the home run ball tucked away in his locker and a big smile on his face. He had taken some ribbing when he got back to the dugout after his blast, and it came from an unlikely source.
"(Madison) Bumgarner was making fun of me," he said, smiling and shaking his head. "He said it's too bad I hit my first homer in a small field like this one. He said it's a Mickey Mouse field."
"He's going to need some time," Bochy said.
Belt already has missed 23 games because of the concussion and the lingering symptoms. He missed 50 games earlier this season with a broken left thumb.
"You just want to get this cleared up," Bochy said of the injury.
Posey was available off the bench but wasn't used. The staff is hopeful that he will be able to return to the lineup Thursday.
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Giants at Chicago Cubs, completion of suspended game, 2:05 p.m. CSNBA; Giants (Madison Bumgarner 13-9) at Cubs (Travis Wood 7-10), 5:05 p.m. CSNBA