Peavy on 1-9 record: 'I'm so sick of losing'

Peavy on 1-9 record: 'I'm so sick of losing'
July 23, 2014, 12:00 am
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TORONTO -- Frustration is mounting for Jake Peavy. So, too, are the losses.

Peavy saw his winless streak reach a staggering 15 games Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, the site of his only victory in 2014, some three months ago.

It was more of the same for Peavy. He didn't get any run support, with the Sox held scoreless until after he left the game in the seventh.

And he experienced one bad inning, which led to his undoing.

Same old, same old. And yes, it's getting old.

"Unfortunately, Jake is in quite a stretch here,'' said John Farrell after the Sox saw their five-game winning streak snapped, 7-3. "He's pitching with his back against the wall here and he's doing a damn good job.''

Peavy kept the Sox in this one for the first five innings, allowing just one run. In the sixth, he allowed a leadoff homer to Jose Reyes, and two batters later, a two-run shot to Dioner Navarro.

"I was trying to do too much there instead of making pitches,'' said Peavy of the two homers hit off him. Knowing I probably couldn't give up any more, I was just trying to be too fine -- throwing balls and not throwing them where they need to be.''

It was 4-0, but with the team's habit of not providing him with run support, it must have felt like 40-0.

But Peavy maintained that the poor run support -- an average of 2.92 per start before Tuesday, the worst such figure for any qualifying starter in the American League -- wasn't on his mind.

"That's no excuse,'' he said. "I'm not going to sit here and make excuses like that. I certainly know those type of games; I've been in them my whole career. I've got to be better -- that's all there is to it.''

The lack of support, he added, isn't frustrating. It's the outcome that bothers him.

"I'm so sick of losing,'' he said. "Run support or no run support, it's no fun to lose and the only way I know to stop that from happening is to be better.''

If the winless streak isn't bad enough, there's the trade speculation that's surrounding him. But Peavy said that wasn't on his mind.

"When I get here, '' said Peavy, "I'm all here. I'm aware of it. I'm kept abreast by the team and my representation and we'll see how that all plays out. But no, absolutely no thoughts. I didn't think of it today. I thought about beating Toronto.''

Which he couldn't do. It's a familiar position for him - trudging off the mound, on the way to another no-decision or loss.

"What Jake is doing a great job at is not taking this stretch and thinking he's got to pitch differently,'' said Farrell. "He prepares exactly the same.

He's doing an outstanding job of keeping us in the ballgame despite a lack of run support while he's on the mound. I don't see him pitching to a 'zero' every inning; I see him going out and attacking the strike zone and I think he's doing a very good job of setting that side of the game off to the side.

"He can't control what we do offensively.''

Or much else these days, either.