Peavy: "I just didn't have good stuff"

Peavy: "I just didn't have good stuff"
August 10, 2013, 1:15 am
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Jake Peavy had a rough go of it Friday in Kansas City, allowing six runs over five innings.

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KANSAS CITY – Jake Peavy had faced the Royals earlier this season, on April 3, his first start of the year in a win while with the White Sox. He held the Royals to two runs, one earned on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
 
It was a different Royals team he faced Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. This edition has been one of the hottest teams in baseball – outside Detroit and Atlanta – going 17-4 since the All-Star break.
 
Staked to a three-run lead going into the sixth inning, Peavy couldn’t hold the Royals. Kansas City sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, scoring six runs off Peavy, Drake Britton, and Pedro Beato.
 
“You can definitely tell they’ve been playing well. When you play well you have confidence. That obviously was evident tonight. They’re playing well.”
 
Peavy lasted just five innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, and a walk with no strikeouts. He threw 105 pitches, 66 strikes, as his ERA climbed from 4.14 to 4.50. Peavy took a no-decision in the game, as Britton was charged with the loss, falling to 1-1 with his first blown save.
 
He gave up three runs combined in the second and third innings, then seemed to settle in for the fourth and fifth.
 
“A couple of quick innings in the fourth and fifth,” said manager John Farrell. “We’re taking a three-run lead into the sixth, figuring he’s probably got one inning left in him, given where he was in pitch count. But a few pitches up in the inning where they were able to bunch a few hits. I’m not going to say it’s surprising. They battled, they swung the bat very well tonight. When we mislocated they made us pay.”
 
Peavy, though, said he didn’t feel like he ever settled in, even before the sixth.
 
“I just didn’t have good stuff,” he said. “I didn’t feel very good stuffwise, commandwise, really. You knew going in that this bunch is scrappy. They don’t strike out. They put the ball in play. They battle you for being as free swinging as they are. When you put the ball in play good things happen, and I think you saw it tonight. A lot of two-strike hits and my stuff just wasn’t’ sharp at all to [glove] side of the plate. And just working on getting better next time out.”
 
Peavy faced just three batters in the sixth inning, giving up a run without recording an out, before giving way for Drake Britton.
 
“Just didn't make a whole lot of good pitches in the sixth,” Peavy said. “had [Justin] Maxwell 0-2 then threw a changeup that he did a nice job of sitting on…Ball was up to [Mike] Moustakas and he hit the ball. Trying to just get an out there with [Alcides] Escobar.  I tried to throw it head high trying to get him to  hit the ball in the air and obviously he did enough.
 
“Just wasn’t  our night. Seems like everything all the way down to that ball that [Eric] Hosmer hit off Drake [an opposite-field, two-run single] there. Just put the ball in play and good things happen for the other side.”
 
It’s a different Royals team than it was in April.
 
“Of course, you can definitely tell they’ve been playing well,” Peavy said. “When you play well you have confidence. That obviously was evident tonight. They’re playing well.”