For the second straight game, the Pads got seven innings out of their starter on just 99 pitches. Saturday night was vintage Jake Peavy. Of those 99 pitches, 74 were strikes. The only hard hit ball all night came off the bat of Carlos Delgado, who ripped a 1-2 fastball into the left-center field gap to start the sixth and came around to score the only run Peavy would surrender. All you need to know about Peavy’s night: in the third inning he retired the side in order on seven pitches, all strikes. Trevor Hoffman closed out the victory in the ninth, throwing four pitches to retire three Marlins to end the game.
Now just a half game back of the NL West leading Dodgers, the Pads go for the sweep this afternoon.
AB BA OBP SLG Lawrence vs current Marlins 155 .284 .313 .406 Burnett vs current Padres 60 .233 .373 .450
Against Lawrence, Juan Encarnacion (.474/.524/.789 in 19 AB) and Mike Lowell (.385/.385/.692 in 13 AB) are getting it done. Lowell has one of three homers against Lawrence; the other two are by Juan Pierre (.321/.321/.464 in 28 AB) and Paul LoDuca (.250/.291/.346 in 52 AB). As we’ve mentioned before, Lawrence also has some of the most extreme home/road splits of any Padres pitcher. At Petco, opponents are hitting just .181/.227/.229 in 83 at-bats. Oddly, Lawrence actually pitched better on the road (3.86 ERA) in 2004 than he did at home (4.42). One other split that has reversed itself from last year is the left/right split:
2004 2005 LHB .301/.356/.486 .238/.287/.363 RHB .272/.306/.432 .316/.389/.481
For the Pads, Phil Nevin (.444/.500/1.222 in 9 AB) is doing the most damage against Burnett. Nevin has two of the three homers, with Damian Jackson accounting for the other. Jackson was a part of the lineup that Burnett threw the no-hitter against at the Q in May 2001. Jackson was hit by a pitch in that game that broke his right thumb and put him on the shelf for over a month.