This is disturbing.
In fact, Jake gave up five earned runs in one start for the first time since --- 2006!
But, let's start with a positive. In the first inning, Adrian Gonzalez unloaded. But a homer like that needs more than one cliche. He put a charge into it. He crushed that ball. There's nothing left of that one but a vapor trail. That's enough.
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At 458 feet, it was the longest bomb in PETCO Park history and put the Padres up 2-0.
Then Peavy's problems began.
In the fourtth, he walked Adam LaRoche, which is never a good idea. Then he uncorked a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position.
Three batters later, Robinson Diaz drove them in with a single, game all tied at two.
In the fifth, Jake walked Ramon Vasquez. Peavy walked four batters in five innings; his command is just not there. Two batters later, he put one right in LaRoche's happy zone. That ball was gone, a two-run shot.
LaRoche hit another one in the eighth inning. Pirates win 8-3.
So, what in the world is wrong with Jake Peavy?
“Just one of those days. You got to push through times like these,” Peavy said after the game.
“When Jake walks four guys in five innings, it’s a sign he’s not as sharp as he normally is,” according to manager Bud Black.
The Padres have lost five of six.