Peavy returned to the rotation last Friday after missing a start due to a sharp pain in the back of his right shoulder. The Padres’ ace gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings in a 5-1 loss to Washington.
“I felt good tonight,” Peavy said. “I just made some bad pitches and cost us the game. I hate that we lost, but we’ve got a couple more starts to get back to full strength and hopefully we can push this thing to the playoffs and I’ll throw good for that.”
The 24-year-old right-hander is 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break. Peavy is 3-2 with a 3.47 ERA in seven career starts against Colorado.
San Diego’s magic number to clinch the division remained at eight after a humiliating 20-1 loss on Tuesday. The Padres’ lead over second-place San Francisco was cut to five games.
Catcher Ramon Hernandez has been heating up for San Diego since returning after missing a month and a half while recovering from left wrist surgery. Hernandez is hitting .419 (18-for-43) with eight RBIs over his last 12 games.
San Diego slugger Ryan Klesko continues to struggle, batting .138 (4-for-29) over his last 14 games. Klesko is batting .207 since the All-Star break with just three of his team-high 17 homers.
“It’s just my timing.” Klesko said. “My timing’s been off. But I feel like it’s coming. I’ve hit some balls hard. That’s encouraging.”
The 23-year-old right-hander went 8-9 with a 5.49 ERA in 27 starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. Despite those mediocre numbers, Esposito believes he has grown as a pitcher heading into his debut with the Rockies.
“This year was huge as far as a learning process goes,” Esposito said. “I feel like I’ve gotten better this year than I have in a really long time in my career. The learning experience this year was priceless.”