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Padres history (May 22): Jake Peavy’s 16-strikeout ... loss?

The Padres, the reigning NL West champs, had lost three straight games and were sinking toward the division cellar when Jake Peavy stepped onto the mound on this date — May 22 — in 2006.

The homegrown ace led the majors with a 2.27 ERA two years earlier. He threw three shutouts the previous year. He averaged nearly a strikeout an inning.

The 24-year-old Peavy was their stopper.

As such, he did everything he could to right San Diego’s ship, setting a franchise record with 16 strikeouts in a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Padres’ fourth straight defeat and their sixth in seven games in claiming last place all to themselves.