Oliver Perez’s first outing against his former team didn’t go as well as he might have hoped.
The Pirates’ left-hander will get a chance to atone for that performance when Pittsburgh completes a three-games series with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Perez went 8-12 with a 4.51 ERA in 35 appearances, including 34 starts, for the Padres from 2002-03. He was traded to Pittsburgh last August in the deal that sent outfielder Brian Giles to San Diego.
Perez made his first start against his former team in the second game of a doubleheader on May 19, allowing four unearned runs and two hits over a season-low three innings in a 7-3 loss. He allowed all of the runs in the first inning, including two on bases-loaded walks after fielding miscues by Daryle Ward and Craig Wilson.
“There were a lot of things going on,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Emotions were high for him (against his former team) and we didn’t make some plays we should have made. It was all downhill from there.”
Perez struck out four of the last seven batters he faced, but had already thrown 80 pitches before he was taken out.
“We had some good at-bats to get some walks, and that’s just like getting a hit, especially with the bases loaded,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “Ollie’s a tough competitor, but he had trouble finding the strike zone at times and he threw a lot of pitches.”
Perez went 3-1 in July, but started August with his second straight loss, a 3-2 setback to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. He allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.
Perez ranked fourth in the National League through Friday’s games with 153 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a .206 average. He has not pitched in San Diego since last Aug. 21, when he lost 5-1 to the New York Mets while still a member of the Padres.
Sean Burroughs knocked in the only run for the Padres, who have lost five of six—all at home.