Monday night against the first place Arizona Diamondbacks, Jake Peavy was flat-out filthy. He tossed seven innings, surrendered just three hits and one run (on a home run by Eric Byrnes) and struck out 11 while lowering his ERA to 2.18. Peavy also struck out seven straight at one point. Thanks to a clutch two-run home run by Geoff Blum with two-outs in the seventh inning, Peavy also was able to garner his career-high 15th win of the season.
During the top of the first inning, the 26-year-old Peavy struck out Orlando Hudson looking, giving him 1,037 for his career and making him the Padres all-time leader in that category, passing Andy Benes. After tonight’s game, he now has 1,047 career K’s. Peavy currently leads the National League in strikeouts with 197 in 188 innings and his 2.18 ERA is second only to teammate Chris Young (2.12) in the big leagues.
The win kicked off a vastly important four game series that could go a long way in determining the winner of the NL West. With the win, the Padres pulled within two games of the D’Backs. Tomorrow’s game pits Arizona’s ace Brandon Webb against Justin Germano for the Padres.