The Padres opened a four-game series against Arizona with a 3-1 victory last night, narrowing the Diamondbacks' lead in the NL West to two games. Geoff Blum and board game czar Milton Bradley homered for San Diego, and Jake Peavy once again dominated, striking out 11 over seven innings to earn his career-best 15th win.
During one stretch from the second to the fourth inning, Peavy struck out seven straight batters, which you ordinarily don't see unless Adam Dunn is allowed to bat out of turn. Also, in a heartwarming twist, Peavy's first-inning K of Orlando Hudson made him the Padres' all-time strikeout leader. It was #1037 for his career, which moved past the legendary, uh, Andy Benes. Alert the Hall of Fame!
Other MLB scores: John Lackey, deathly ill, pitches complete game shutout against M's in opener of AL West showdown… Mike Mussina battered again as Tigers roll Yanks 16-0. Verlander goes seven strong, allows just three hits… Giants win fifth straight by beating Rockies, now only 12 games under .500.