Jake Peavy has pitched well enough to win all seven of his starts this season. Due to a lack of run support, and some back luck, the 22-year-old right-hander has just two victories.
Peavy will try to bounce back from his latest hard-luck decision when the Padres conclude a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park.
Peavy, who won 12 games in his first full season in the majors last year, has been brilliant thus far this season, yielding two runs or fewer in each of his first seven starts for a sparkling 1.94 ERA.
However, the Padres have scored three runs or fewer in five of his starts, leaving him with a 2-2 mark and three starts in which he did not receive a decision.
On Friday, Peavy yielded two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 solid innings, striking out a season-high eight and walking one in a 3-1 loss at Florida. Peavy didn’t leave the game under normal circumstances, however.
After striking out the first two batters of the seventh inning, Peavy hit Florida pitcher Carl Pavano with the first pitch of his at-bat. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings immediately tossed Peavy and went to restrain Pavano who threw his helmet to the ground on his way to first base.
“He felt he needed to throw me out, that’s his call,” said Peavy. “Obviously I was disappointed I was thrown out of the ballgame, but I thought for the most part I threw the ball like I wanted to throw it.
Peavy would not comment on whether he hit Pavano on purpose.
The Padres dropped the series opener 6-3 but bounced back with a 2-1 victory Wednesday as Brian Giles’ first-inning two-run homer stood up behind the solid pitching of starter Brian Lawrence and three relievers.
Ryan Freel went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Cincinnati, which has dropped three of five.