"They are awfully good," Peavy said, in might qualify as a vast understatement. "You just want to try and make good pitches and get the team off to a good start."
As it turns out, Peavy did just, although the American League victimized another Padres pitcher -- Chris Young -- on its way to a 5-4 victory over the National League before a sold-out crowd of 43,965 at AT&T Park.
Peavy and teammate Trevor Hoffman opened and closed the game in similar fashion -- with Peavy tossing a scoreless first inning and Hoffman doing the same during the ninth inning, though it wasn't a save situation for Hoffman, the Major League career saves leader.
Peavy allowed one hit in the first inning, a scoreless frame that was anything but routine or mundane, and was the pitcher of record when the National League scored a run in the bottom of the first inning
That lead and -- for the Padres at least -- that luck didn't hold up, as Young yielded a two-run, inside-the-park home run to Ichiro that propelled the American League to its 10th consecutive victory in the series.
It was the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history.
As for Peavy, his inning was interesting -- not as much as Young's mind you -- but very interesting nonetheless.
Peavy yielded a leadoff single to Ichiro to start the game, only to get Jeter to hit into a 6-4-3 double play that Mets shortstop Jose Reyes started on a ball that got on him quickly and nearly got him in-between hops.
Peavy looked like he might get out of the inning safely when Ortiz -- after laying off two close pitches -- bounced a ball to Chase Utley at second base. Utley's throw to first base was a little wild, although Prince Fielder was given an error for not coming up with the ball.
Peavy joked afterwards that the error wasn't so bad, in that it allowed him to extend his 16-pitch inning longer, which is what he wanted.
The inning then ended when third baseman David Wright smothered a hard shot in the hole between shortstop and third base, throwing to second base to get the force on Ortiz to end the inning.
"I was just getting warmed up, loose and comfortable," said Peavy, who hit 97 mph on the radar gun and admitted to being "amped up." "I could have easily gone more and settled down and probably made better pitches than I did in the first."
But a decision was made before the game with National League manager Tony La Russa that no pitcher would go longer than one inning. That changed the way Peavy approached his outing.
"You're [normally] saving those bullets for later in the game when you've got to get out of those jams. You're trying to pace yourself, that's not the case when you're only going one inning," Peavy said.
Young, who started the fifth inning with the National League nursing a 1-0 lead, allowed a walk to Brian Roberts to start the frame. After getting Jorge Posada on a routine fly to center for the first out, Ichiro lined a first-pitch fastball high into the gap in right-center.
The ball took a funny bounce off the wall and got away from right fielder Ken Griffey Jr., allowing Ichiro to score standing up for not only the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history, but also the first inside-the-park home run of his career.
"He's a good hitter. He's had my number," Young said. "He put a good swing on it and the ball kind of took an unlucky bounce. And with his speed ... that's the way it goes. Sometimes it bounces your way, sometime it doesn't."
Ichiro is a career .429 hitter against Young in 21 at-bats with three home runs, none more notable than the one he hit Tuesday.
"He caught some tough breaks," Peavy said of Young. "He didn't make a whole lot of mistakes, but the one he did got hit. It's one of those tough breaks."
Hoffman, appearing in his sixth All-Star Game, entered the game in the ninth inning and allowed a two-out double to Posada, but nothing else.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.