Notes: Peavy 'trying to keep the peace'
Padres pitcher says he was not trying to escalate fighting
CHICAGO -- San Diego pitcher Jake Peavy said he was trying to play peacemaker and not troublemaker Saturday when he left the dugout during the fourth-inning incident at Wrigley Field between Chris Young and Derrek Lee.
"I was just trying to go out there to grab people to stop a fight. I was standing on the steps [of the dugout] so I was one of the first people on the scene," Peavy said. "I wasn't trying to cause any trouble. If you watch the tape, all I was trying to do was grab Derrek."
But Peavy and Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry were ejected for "aggressive behavior," according to crew chief Gerry Davis. Young and Lee were ejected as well for fighting during a game the Padres eventually won, 1-0.
A day after the incident, Peavy wore a red mark near his left eye from where he was hit with a punch during the incident. That didn't bother him so much as the thought that he was being portrayed as the instigator to what occurred Saturday.
"I just hate that I'm mentioned and my name has to roll across ESPN all yesterday and I'm ejected from a game where I was trying to keep the peace," Peavy said.
On Friday, Peavy expressed his anger over Alfonso Soriano's excessive celebration after he hit a home run off David Wells. There was some media speculation that the incident Saturday when Young hit Lee was some sort of retaliation for that.
Peavy said that couldn't be further from the truth.
"That wasn't regarded as trying to start anything. I talked to a few players on their side and told them we just didn't appreciate the way ... you hit a home run, stand there and watch it, but don't turn around and run backwards halfway," Peavy said. "That [Young hitting Lee] had nothing to do with what happened. We just wanted to let them know we didn't appreciate it. But it had nothing to do with D. Lee and [Young] yesterday."
Peavy even went as far as to essentially extend an olive branch to a handful of Cubs after the game Saturday to let them know as much.
"I've got good buddies on the other side," Peavy said of the Cubs. "Michael Barrett is one of my very good friends. And Derrek Lee, I've known him pretty well. I spoke to both of them yesterday. Now it's in the league's hands."
Peavy, who is 8-1 with a 1.82 ERA, certainly hopes nothing comes of his ejection on Saturday. His manager, Bud Black, said Sunday that he doesn't think Peavy should be suspended for his actions.
"From what I saw, Jake was just trying to pull Derrek Lee off somebody. That's what I saw," Black said.
Peavy felt remorseful about the situation but indicated that these things can and will happen from time to time, even when the participants (Young and Lee) are widely regarded as good guys.
"On the field, there's so much adrenaline and so much intensity," Peavy said. "Chris Young is a very fierce competitor and Derrek Lee is the same way. It's always scary when someone gets a ball up near their head. When emotions run high, it doesn't take much to set people off. I think that's what happened."
How about Hampson? Black couldn't say enough good things about the job relief pitcher Justin Hampson did during Saturday's victory.
Hampson was pressed into duty when Young was ejected in the fourth inning. He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts in what was his longest outing since throwing four innings against the Dodgers on April 26.
"He pitched great," Black said. "Anytime you come in that situation where emotions are high and you're on the road against the team that's playing extremely well, to throw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, that's outstanding pitching."
Hampson, who hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 10 appearances, had an inkling he might be used Saturday even while Young -- who hadn't been ejected to that point -- was taking warm-up pitches after the on-field fracas.
"Once the situation went down, I got back to the bullpen and started thinking that since I was the long guy I better start stretching my legs just in case they do throw C.Y. out," Hampson said. "Once they called down and told me, [reliever Doug Brocail] told me to take my time to get loose. He told me to settle down and take my time."
Hampson said that advice from Brocail likely saved him from hurrying into the game without properly warming up his legs and arm.
"Without him saying that ... I probably would have got a quick stretch and gotten out there because I was amped up to get in the game because I was excited," Hampson said.
Hampson threw 33 pitches, 22 for strikes, and generally felt good about the way he was able to command his fastball.
"I felt pretty good once I got out there, my shoulder got loose," he said. "I was able to locate my fastball to both sides fairly well. Everything else for me works off that."
Hampson benefited from several nice plays in the field behind him, especially the catch and throw by center fielder Hiram Bocachica that nailed Ryan Theriot at the plate in the fifth inning on Carlos Zambrano's fly ball.
"Bocachica was right on the money," Hampson said. "It was a great throw by him."
Friar notes: Catcher Josh Bard missed his second consecutive game on Sunday as he was still suffering from flu-like symptoms. ... Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff missed his third consecutive game with a lower back strain. Black indicated that he will not need to go on the disabled list. ... Right fielder Brian Giles, out since May 19 with a bone bruise in his right knee, ran again prior to Sunday's game and, in Black's words, "he'll step up his workout today with a little more intensity. Hopefully, he'll increase it on Tuesday. The Padres still plan on sending Giles to one of their Minor League affiliates to get some at-bats in game conditions. ... In his first game with Triple-A Portland after he was optioned to the Minor Leagues on Friday, outfielder Paul McAnulty went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
On deck: The Padres are off Monday. They open a three-game series against the Orioles at 7:05 p.m. PT Tuesday at PETCO Park. Peavy (8-1, 1.82) gets the start for the Padres. The Orioles will counter with Steve Trachsel (5-4, 3.94)
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.