Jake Peavy does not know what caused the twinge in his left side on Saturday. It didn’t make much difference once he stepped on the mound.
During his current four-game winning streak, Peavy has allowed just five earned runs in 27 innings.
His best performance in that stretch came on Saturday. Despite a nagging pain in his left side, he limited the Seattle Mariners to three hits over eight innings in a 6-0 win.
“It was something underneath my left rib muscle,” Peavy said. “It might be a cramp. I’m not sure. It never got any worse than what it was in the bullpen (before the game).”
San Diego manager Bruce Bochy considered holding Peavy out of the start, but he’s glad he didn’t.
“He was outstanding, and we were pretty close to scratching him,” Bochy said. “We were concerned it might be an oblique. It gave us a little scare, but maybe it was just a cramp.”
Peavy hopes that cramp will not return as he tries to help the Padres extend their season-high winning streak to six games.
“I like the way we’re playing right now,” Bochy said. “The last thing we want right now is the All-Star break coming up because we’re playing better baseball. It’s been a rough first half, but it’s starting to turn around.”
The NL West-leading Giants had won five of six before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-5 on Thursday. Barry Bonds got the afternoon off after hitting two home runs in a 4-1 win on Wednesday night.
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Padres - 5th place, 21 GB, NL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jesse Foppert (4-7, 4.94 ERA). Foppert has not lasted past the fifth inning in three consecutive starts, going 0-2 with a 9.28 ERA. On Sunday, he went four innings, giving up two runs and four hits in a 5-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. The rookie right-hander has never faced the Padres.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Peavy (8-5, 3.85 ERA). In two career games against the Giants, Peavy is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Ray Durham, .316 avg.; Bonds, 24 HRs, 50 RBIs and 58 runs; Durham, Bonds and Marquis Grissom, 7 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .303 avg.; Klesko, 17 HRs and 49 RBIs; Xavier Nady, 39 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Shane Victorino, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 5-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - CF Grissom is 1-for-9 (.111) in his career against RHP Peavy. … 1B J.T. Snow was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Thursday after both of his legs started to cramp up. He was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day. He had been out with a groin injury. … LF Bonds has homered in nine of his last 21 games. Padres - CF Mark Kotsay is batting .400 (10-for-25) during a five-game hitting streak. … The Padres’ five-game winning streak is one game better than any streak they had last season. … RF Nady is 2-for-12 in his last three games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 26-18 on the road; Padres - 15-27 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Padres - INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; INF Ramon Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.