Peavy swings and misses

San Diego Padres' pitching coach Darren Balsley walked over to the intrasquad game between the Fort Wayne squad and the Lake Elsinore team. Jake Peavy sat down on the first base line of field six - the minor league side of the field. The ace needed at bats.

So, with helmet on and a bat in his hands, Jake Peavy went slumming.

Balsley explained that he needed at bats and wasn't ready for major league pitching. He was tossed in the fire against left-hander Brent Carter. Carter is one of the premiere control pitchers in the system and Peavy went in knowing he would see strikes. But Carter whiffed him on three pitches – and Peavy wasn't the only victim. The former Alabama product struck out Kyle Blanks, Yafri Carvajal and Chris Walston in succession. He was dominant against the Fort Wayne squad with very few people touching his stuff while he placed it at will.

Peavy also got an at bat against Sean Thompson. Thompson also registered a strike out, taking Peavy out on four pitches.

And the interesting spring continues for Peavy.

For the first time this spring, Opening Day starter Jake Peavy both worked a game with catcher Mike Piazza and faced major league competition last Friday night against the Oakland A's in Phoenix.

All did not go totally as planned - similar to batting practice.

Peavy had problems seeing Piazza's signals with through his contact lenses in the dim lighting of Municipal Stadium.

"I could hardly see," Peavy said. "I crossed up Mike a couple of times. I'm glad no one got hurt."

Peavy allowed three runs (only one earned) on four hits in four innings. He issued three walks.

In the last two innings, the Padres applied white correction fluid to Piazza's fingers to help Peavy see the signals. Peavy threw 80 pitches. "I could have thrown a hundred," he said. "I felt great."

Since reporting to the Padres after making two starts for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Peavy had worked in a pair of minor league games.


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