Peavy takes his major league-leading home ERA into Friday night’s game as the Padres and San Francisco Giants continue their four-game series.
It’s been a difficult season for Peavy (9-10, 2.63 ERA), who spent nearly a month on the disabled list due to a sprained right elbow between May 14-June 12. He’s won at least 11 games in each of his previous five seasons after going 6-7 with a 4.52 ERA in 17 starts in 2002 as a rookie.
The right-hander, though, has been outstanding at Petco Park this year, posting a 1.40 ERA. He’s only 5-4 in those 13 starts, though due to the lack of production by the Padres’ hitters. His support was minimal in his last home start on Aug. 31 when he threw eight scoreless innings for San Diego (57-90) and struck out 13 against Colorado and did not get a decision in a 2-1 victory.
Peavy followed that outing up with another stellar effort Saturday at Milwaukee, as he gave up one run in seven innings, but was outpitched by Ben Sheets in a 1-0 loss.
“All year, the run support just hasn’t been there,” Padres manager Bud Black said about Peavy.
One of Peavy’s home losses came in his lone start against the Giants (65-81) this year on Aug. 2, when he gave up one run in seven innings of a 2-0 loss. He fell to 3-2 with a 1.75 ERA in nine career outings against them at Petco Park.
The Padres mustered only eight runs in losing two of three to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers before this series, but broke out with an 11-3 victory Thursday. Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and drove in four runs, including a three-run shot in a five-run first inning.
Gonzalez has set career highs with 31 homers and 103 RBIs.
“We’re out of the playoffs. As cheesy as it sounds, I don’t start the season telling myself I want to get 30 and 100,” Gonzalez said. “I start the season telling myself I want to help the team get to the playoffs.”
San Francisco had a five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 10-5 against San Diego this season.
The Giants will start Jonathan Sanchez (8-10, 4.53), who is 0-6 with a 6.28 ERA over his last nine starts. San Francisco ended an eight-game losing streak with Sanchez on the mound Sunday with an 11-6 win over Pittsburgh, but the left-hander lasted just three innings and gave up three runs and five hits.
“I threw a lot of pitches and it was the right thing to take me out,” said Sanchez after the 78-pitch outing. “They’re just trying to save my arm.”
Sanchez struck out 10 and gave up three hits in six innings, but did not get a decision in his lone career start against the Padres, a 1-0 win on April 9.