SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Jake Peavy upstaged both superstar Barrys—and his former manager.
Peavy sparkled in six shutout innings and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Tuesday in the season opener for both clubs, giving rookie skipper Bud Black a win in his debut against predecessor Bruce Bochy.
“That’s the way you draw it up,” Peavy said. “Put some zeros on the board and make it hold up. That’s a good day. I feel healthy. That’s the biggest thing for me.”
Barry Bonds resumed his pursuit of Hank Aaron’s home run record with a single, stolen base, walk, groundout and fly ball to the warning track in a 1-for-3 showing on a day when the Giants matched their most lopsided loss in an opener in 75 years. The Padres earned the first opening-day shutout in team history.
San Francisco was shut out on opening day for the first time since a 6-0 defeat against Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. The Giants haven’t lost by more than seven runs in an opener since falling 13-5 to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1932.
“They pretty much shut us down,” Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel said. “It was terrible. We should be able to put on a better show than that.”
Barry Zito, San Francisco’s new $126 million left-handed ace with the nasty curveball, was outpitched by Peavy in his National League debut after spending his first seven seasons across San Francisco Bay with the Oakland Athletics.
“When you’re going against Peavy, you have to keep the game close. … He’s tough when he is on top of his game, and he was today,” Bochy said. “Zito threw all right. He was just up there in pitches.”
Bonds waved and tipped his cap in every direction to the sellout crowd of 42,773 when introduced before the game, then No. 25 walked out hand-in-hand with his godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays, when he was honored with a group of San Francisco’s former All-Stars. The 42-year-old Bonds needs 22 home runs to break Aaron’s career mark of 755.
The closest the Giants came to scoring was when Bonds tried to come around from second on a throwing error by shortstop Khalil Greene and was easily nailed at the plate by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning. Bonds had stolen second base.
Zito (0-1), who signed the richest contract ever for a pitcher during the offseason, allowed two earned runs and four hits in five innings. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out two and walked two.
Gonzalez hit an RBI single in the first. Mike Cameron drew a leadoff walk in the fourth and Jose Cruz Jr.’s bases-loaded walk gave San Diego a 3-0 lead before Peavy (1-0) hit into an inning-ending double play.
“I’ve just got to be a little more aggressive on first-pitch strikes,” Zito said. “Opening day is always kind of a zoo out there. You have to lock in. … I was pretty comfortable out there.”
Bard handed Black the game ball after the final out.
“That’s pretty special,” Black said. “It’s one game. We all know it’s just one game of many. But it’s a good win. I’m happy for all the guys in that room who helped me get this.”
Zito lasted only 1 1-3 innings a year ago in the A’s opener, allowing seven runs and four hits with four walks against the New York Yankees in the shortest outing of his career.
Bochy downplayed facing his former club, which declined to extend his contract after last season and allowed him to pursue other opportunities after 12 seasons as Padres manager.
“I don’t plan on doing any socializing,” Bochy said beforehand, noting he would offer a “cordial hello.”
“My focus is on our ballclub.”
Bochy waved and tipped his hat during pregame introductions, then shook hands with Black near home plate.
“I’m sure he had probably more jitters than we did,” Cameron said about Black. “Everyone has them no matter who you are.”
New Giants leadoff hitter and center fielder Dave Roberts, another former Padre, followed Bochy out and greeted his former teammates on the two-time defending NL West champions.
Bonds worked the count full against Peavy in the first inning, then got jammed and used an inside-out swing to punch a single to left with the infield shifted. Bonds stole second and received a standing ovation.
Peavy, an 11-game winner last year who has allowed three of Bonds’ 734 homers, defeated the Giants on opening day for the second straight year. The right-hander struck out six and walked two in a 98-pitch performance. The Padres have allowed 85 homers to Bonds, the slugger’s most against any team.
Roberts, still sore from crashing into the center-field wall Sunday in Oakland, reached on a single in the third. He was in the lineup a day after undergoing an MRI and treatment on his tender left shoulder.
It was Zito’s third consecutive opening-day loss. … Bonds had just three steals all last season. … Bochy met before the game with his relievers to talk over what their roles will be early in the season. … Greene made his fourth straight opening-day start at SS for San Diego, the most by a Padres SS since Garry Templeton made a club-record nine in a row from 1982-1990. … Zito struck out on four pitches in the third, his lone at-bat. … The Padres have no lefties in the bullpen.