Jake Peavy hopes to rebound from a bout with an upper respiratory infection and keep his unbeaten season going as the suddenly slumping San Diego Padres continue a three-game series with the visiting Cleveland Indians.
Peavy had won three straight starts to improve to 5-0 on the season before giving up four runs and six hits over four innings in the Padres’ 8-4 win over Milwaukee on May 31—his 24th birthday.
The right-hander was supposed to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, but had his turn skipped due to the illness, which was circulating around the San Diego clubhouse.
“It kind of knocked me off my feet for a little bit,” Peavy admitted. “I can’t remember the last time I’ve been sick. Everybody gets the sniffles and gets colds, but I’m talking about just knocking you back. It’s weird sitting at home watching the boys on TV.”
Peavy’s 2.37 ERA ranks fifth in the NL, and he had allowed just one run over 23 innings before his mediocre outing against the Brewers.
More importantly, the Padres have won all but one of his 11 starts this year, including the last seven in a row.
Peavy hopes to get more support than the last two San Diego starters. The Padres have been held scoreless in back-to-back games, and haven’t score in 22 consecutive innings. They opened this series with a 2-0 loss as shortstop Khalil Greene’s throwing error in the top of the 11th inning helped Cleveland take the lead.
Miguel Ojeda nearly tied it with a two-run homer, but his long drive to left just hooked foul. Ojeda then grounded out to end the game.
The Padres have lost five of six games in June after closing May with six straight wins.
Victor Martinez singled in a run for the Indians, who have won two straight since beginning the month on a four-game losing streak.