PNC Park | 1:35 | Maholm vs. Jake Peavy | Box
Jake Peavy and Paul Maholm locked horns. They both pitched seven innings and gave up just one run. Peavy struck out ten. Maholm whiffed nine.
The game was decided in the 8th with John Grabow on the mound. Scott Hairston delivered a tie breaking solo homer. Josh Bard who had singled in the Padres first run, added a solo homer off Grabow in the 9th.
The Pirates lone run was an RBI from Adam LaRoche. He later left the game with back spasms, the same ailment that caused Freddy Sanchez to be pulled earlier in the game.
Everyone knows Jake Peavy is the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner. His numbers this year are just slightly worse than last year. But his record is just 7-6. He has allowed more than four runs in exactly zero starts in 2008 and his ERA has never been above 3.00 all season. His run support, according to Baseball-Reference.com is just 3.79.
In six career starts against Pittsburgh, Peavy is 4-1 with an ERA under 2.00. He has not faced the Pirates since 2006. The Pirates are just 14-58 against Peavy. But four of the hits have been homers. Players delivering dingers are Jason Bay, Jack Wilson, Adam LaRoche and Doug Mientkiewicz, who is 4-4 against Peavy.
The Bucs will counter Peavy with Paul Maholm. His record is identical to Peavy’s in 2008. The ERAs – not so identical. Maholm has lost just once since May 20 and tossed eight innings of one run ball last time out.
Maholm has faced the Friars just once and suffered the loss back on May 30th, 2007. The current batch of Pads are just 2-13 off of Maholm.