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Giants run winning streak against Tigers to five games

The Giants are the hottest team in baseball, which seems weird considering they checked out of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies in the sixth inning. They smacked the Tigers around to the tune of a 6-0 lead, then it started raining. The rain lingered for almost three hours. Luckily for the Giants, the game wasn’t called. The probability of winning is high with a 6-0 lead, and the Giants made good on that mathematical advantage with an 8-2 win.

The Giants are 8-2 in their last 10 games, but the Dodgers stayed ahead by two games in the NL West with a 2-1 win over the D-Backs. They’re three games ahead of the second wild card team (Milwaukee), and four games ahead of the first wild card runner-up (Atlanta).

peavyMadison Bumgarner and David price will face each other in less than 12 hours, so the chances of many people reading this story are slim. So here’s a short, notes-based recap.

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— Perfect Pablo Sandoval: he hit a changeup that almost hit the ground for an opposite-field RBI single in the first inning. His home run (16th of the seaon) was on a 95 mph fastball at the letters.

— We’re conditioned to care about 50 other things more than batting average, but Joe Panik is hitting .321 (tops among NL rookies) and Buster Posey is hitting .306 (fourth in the NL).

— Gregor Blanco’s error led to the Tigers’ two unearned runs, but he also went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple and made a diving catch. Blanco has been a ridiculous badass for a month now.

— Brandon Crawford’s slump appears to be over. He went 3-for-3, and attacked the first pitch against lefty Kyle Ryan, a guy he hasn’t seen before.

— What did the Giants hit? They had 15 hits, and they came on everything: low curveballs, inside fastballs, high fastballs, sliders on the outside corner … they’re just mashing right now, which is why they’re the hottest team in baseball.

“Baseball’s weird, John.”

— Jake Peavy pitched a few innings, waited a few hours, and pitched a few more. He picked up the win, sure. But he also saved the bullpen, something they needed even after the off day after 3 1/3 games at Coors. He also has a bionic arm, apparently.

— The twitchy yelling and the neck vein are a great sideshow, but this version of Peavy is who Tim Lincecum (who pitched a perfect ninth, although the last fly ball came very close to leaving the park) should aspire to be. Peavy is about the same size as Lincecum. His velocity is also gone — he tops out at about 91 mph, and most of his pitches are in the mid-80s. Peavy screams when he misses on pitches, sometimes before the offending pitch even touches Posey’s mitt. Then he usually nails the target on the very next pitch.

— Lincecum is such a rhythm pitcher. When he’s on, he’s still untouchable. But when the rhythm is lost, entire innings, games and months are wasted. If he can figure out a way to throw the previous pitch out of his mind, and make things better on a pitch-by-pitch basis … oh, who am I kidding. Lincecum is who he is, for better and worse. His relief career could be mighty interesting, however.

— When Brian Sabean traded for Peavy, he said it was because he had eight different scouts tell him that Peavy was a quality No. 4 starter.

Peavy with the Giants: Eight starts, 53.1 IP,  2.36 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 4-4 record

— Lincecum was smiling wide after the last out — he’s not going to become the closer anytime soon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he started on Wednesday against the D-Backs.

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