Is it just me or did Jake Peavy appear to lack his normal fire last
night? Okay, there was a rather lengthy rain delay that could’ve been a factor in his performance. Still, he did not look like the same Jake Peavy (8-8) who won the NL CY Young award in 2007. During his 6-inning, 97-pitch stint against Colorado, he uncharacteristically walked 5 batters while striking out only 3. Stewart’s home run in the second inning was the big blow, but it was the walks that ultimately did him in; 2 of the 5 runners who walked eventually scored.
The Padre bullpen certainly didn’t help the cause. In only 2/3 of an inning, Cla Meredith and Wil Ledezma combined for 3 walks; 2 of them scored. Clay Hensley did a fantastic job of bailing them out in the seventh. However, due to a “miscommunication” between Brian Giles and Scott Hairston on a ball hit to right center, Hensley was charged with a double when it should’ve been a routine out. Being the kind of guy his is, Giles took responsibility for the blunder. But, from where I was sitting, it was Hairston’s ball to catch.
Kevin Kouzmanoff led the offensive attack with 3 hits, while Scott Hairston and Chase Headley collected 2 apiece. Giles hammered his seventh home run of the year in the losing cause. Adrian Gonzalez, whose average has slipped to .274, is looking a little tired and may need a rest.
Bottom line: Padres lose another game in which they looked like the Keystone Cops on the field. And, wasn’t Glendon Rusch on our team earlier this year? I thought so. Not that he’s bore any resemblance to Sandy Koufax since joining the Rockies. But he is 5-3 and did limit the Padres to 2 runs over his 6 innings of work.
Tonight it’s Greg Maddux (5-8, 4.17) vs. Aaron Cook (14-7, 3.68). The Padres have never beaten Cook in Colorado. That’s why I’ll be watching the exhibition game between the Chargers and Dallas tonight instead of the Padres.