Jul 062010

Power took a back seat to efficiency, as Brad Peacock struck out just four but went the distance on 99 pitches to record a five-hit shutout against the Wilmington Blue Rocks last night.

Sixty-four of those 99 pitches were for strikes, but more impressive: just five of the 27 outs were flyballs to the outfield, though the final one had folks holding their breath as Mike Burgess chased down a deep drive to right-center off Wilmington’s cleanup hitter Jamie Romak. Twelve of the 27 outs were on the ground, with Peacock dashing over to first three times on balls that first baseman Bill Rhinehart had snagged or knocked down, twice beating speedy lefthanded batters.

Peacock faced just four batters over the minimum, thanks in no small part to Chris Curran gunning down Eric Hosmer at second to lead off the fourth, and a round-the-horn double play in the sixth. He would retire the last 11 batters he faced and had five 1-2-3 innings en route to winning his third game of the season.

It was the first nine-inning shutout thrown by a Potomac pitcher since Michael O’Connor blanked the Kinston Indians on August 27, 2005.

Meanwhile, on offense, the P-Nats gave Peacock five runs of support on ten hits, highlighted by a two-out double by Nick Moresi in the first and two-out triple in the bottom of the eighth, which sat down Dan Leatherman who had been warming up to pitch the top of the ninth.

With the win, Potomac improves to 5-6 in the 2nd half and takes a 2-1 series lead against first-place Wilmington. Lefty Evan Bronson (3-5, 3.94) is scheduled to face off against Ivor Hodgson (4-6, 4.97) in the finale tonight.

  4 Responses to “Last Night In Woodbridge”

  1. […] wait him out and sit on that 94-95 heat. In late June, Peacock started to figure out, resulting in a complete-game shutout in early July. By month’s end, he was in Harrisburg and was a factor in the Sens’ […]

  2. […] from this past season because of that changeup. Okay, maybe because it was also a thrill to see him throw a complete-game shutout. But guys that can deal 94-95mph are relatively common. Guys that can also throw a change […]

  3. […] Brad Peacock Coming into 2010, Peacock was one of a number of young, hard throwers that struggle with their command. If Milone was the guy that caught my eye in ’09, Peacock was the guy in ’10. Early on, he was strikeout machine but just couldn’t get out past the sixth inning because he would throw so many pitches to get those Ks. But he had a devastating changeup that would fool me from my seat (yes, I’m adjusting for age and distance) so I can only imagine how hard it must be for the batters. Once he got that under control, it was only a matter of time before he’d be like The Jeffersons and movin’ on up, culminating in the best regular-season game on July 6th, a complete-game shutout. […]

  4. […] striking out in double-digits wasn’t as important as going seven innings, which culminated in a five-hit shutout shortly before his callup to […]

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