Jake Peaved

Jake Peavy did not have his finest performance in front of friends and family in Mobile, playing for the BayBears, and returned to San Diego to start for the Padres this past week. Was it too soon?

Since he had come off the disabled list only five days earlier, the question posed to Padres right-hander Jake Peavy was legit considered his past outings this season.

Was the forearm tendinitis that sidelined him from May 19 through the end of June flaring back up?

"No," said Peavy. "I just was bad."

For the first time this season.

Against Houston on Wednesday night (July 7), Peavy was down 2-0 before he retired a hitter thanks to a two-run homer by Jose Vizcaino. And when he was taken out after four innings, the 23-year-old Peavy had allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks.

Not once in his 10 previous starts this season had Peavy allowed more than two runs in a game, and his ERA was a sparkling 1.98. Even after Wednesday night's loss to Houston -- which snapped an eight-game Padres winning streak at their new Petco Park home -- Peavy's ERA was still a shining 2.43.

So what happened?

"It was just one of those nights," said Peavy. "The key to any good outing is where you put the ball. When I was ahead of Vizcaino, where I put the ball was uncalled for. I didn't have it in the bullpen, I didn't have it in the game."

"He was out of sync from the first hitters," said Padres manager Bruce Bochy. "He was without his best stuff and location. You are going to have days like that ... you are going to have off days. Jake's been as consistent as anyone out there."

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