Brad Peacock is an interesting tale. Peacock was a part of one of the first major moves made by general manager Jeff Luhnow. He was included as a piece in the Jed Lowrie-Athletics...the first one.
He has lingered around with moderate success unable to keep a consistent spot in the rotation or the bullpen until now. He accepted his role as the long man with the ballclub in 2017 and has thrived.
That fact was personified as he helped secure a one-hitter against the Tigers on Monday night in Houston’s 1-0 win.
Peacock started strong, striking out the side on 12 pitches, and the offense started strong too.
Jose Altuve plated the game’s only run with a RBI double, scoring George Springer.
Peacock followed his first inning up by getting the next three batters to ground out in a total of nine pitches — including current AL player of the week J.D. Martinez (grumble, grumble).
The Tigers lone hit came from Mikie Mahtook in the third.
Peacock would exit with one out in the fifth inning, Chris Devenski stepped in. Devenski pitched a clean sheet through the seventh inning.
Will Harris took over the lead in the eighth inning with no trouble, and Ken Giles closed the door without problems in the ninth.
Peacock, Devenski, Harris and Giles combined to strike out 14 and walk two — allowing just one hit.
Devenski got the win because he finished the fifth, but Peacock was the true winner on Monday (insert after school special music here).