5 months later, Peavy, Padres beat Rockies in meaningless spring game
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP)—Talk about a 180.
The last time the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres met, they were playing for a postseason berth. On Thursday, when they played under the warm Arizona sun, it didn’t mean a thing, other than the Padres losing center fielder Jim Edmonds for a day or two with a calf injury.
“Zero emotion out there today,” said reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, who allowed Troy Tulowitzki’s solo homer in an otherwise efficient three innings during a 10-3 win over the Rockies. “Just a get-your-work-in mentality and I felt great and got great work in and got better today.”
Joked manager Bud Black: “We’re even now.”
On Oct. 1, the Rockies beat the Padres 9-8 in a 13-inning wild-card tiebreaker game in Denver.
Colorado’s Matt Holliday never seemed to touch home plate in the 13th inning, but umpire Tim McClelland’s delayed safe call gave Colorado a thrilling victory. The Rockies went on to win the NL pennant before being swept in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox.
The Padres had three chances in their final three games to clinch a third straight postseason berth, but lost all three games. Two of the losses came on blown saves by Trevor Hoffman, who worked a perfect inning Thursday.
Peavy started the 13-inning epic at Colorado but was ineffective, giving up six runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Other than the pitch that Tulowitzki drove over the left-field fence in the first inning, Peavy was pleased with the command of his fastball, especially throwing inside.
“I was just trying to go in,” he said. “Sometimes in spring training you don’t want to run it in there and hit anybody. If I go in there and hit Tulowitzki or Matt Holliday, you don’t to do that at spring training. But I wanted to work on throwing the ball in to some righties and away to them, and I did that for the most part.”
Peavy struck out four while and walked none while allowing two runs and four hits.
Black was pleased with Peavy.
“I thought his fastball had some life to it, some good sharp sliders, good changeups, mechanics looked great. He looked very solid.”
Rockies starter Mark Redman struggled with his location, allowing six runs and 10 hits in three innings.
Tony Clark hit an RBI double in the first, and singled and scored in the four-run third. Peavy singled for a run in the second. Edgar Gonzalez, older brother of Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pinch-hit for Peavy in the third and delivered a two-run single.
Edmonds, acquired in a December trade, strained his right calf breaking out of the batter’s box on a flyout in the first inning.
“We’re going to keep an eye on that one,” Black said. “We don’t know the significance. I think we have to wait a day or two to see how that sets up. It sounds to me like he’s won’t be in there for a day or two.”
Edmonds got off to a slow start last year, batting just .222 in April, after having offseason surgery on his right shoulder and a left toe.
He wound up batting .252 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs—his lowest totals since 1999 with the Angels.