16 – The number of strikeouts by the San Diego Padres (12-9) Jake Peavy, including nine in a row-in the second, third and fourth innings-to come up one short of Tom Seaver‘s major league record of 10 consecutive strikeouts. Peavy’s gem was all for naught however, as the Arizona Diamondbacks (11-11) completed the comeback to score three runs in the last two innings in their 3-2 victory Wednesday.
The collapse occurred as soon as Peavy exited the game after an exhausting 117 pitches, pitching seven shutout innings of two-hit ball. Unfortunately, Brandon Webb was pitching on the other side for the D’Backs to keep them in the game until Peavy left. Webb, who did not record a decision, pitched eight innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs while striking out six. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, Stephen Drew hit the game-winning two-run walk off blast off Trevor Hoffman, who blew his first save of the year, a great time for Drew’s first homer of the season.
Hoffman, who gave up his first runs all year after 8 appearances in 7 innings pitched, is now 1-1 with 4 saves and a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Peavy, who did not record a decision, is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 1.05 WHIP to go with his National League-leading 36 strikeouts.
Webb, right behind Peavy with 34 strikeouts, is 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.60 with a WHIP of 1.40.