Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – With Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list, there was not much hope for a spot starter to be able to replicate what Keuchel has done this season. But right-hander Brad Peacock did just that Monday night going 4.1 shutout innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out eight. He could not get through the minimum five innings to earn the decision, but the Astros beat the Tigers by a final score of 1-0.
“That’s a pretty special performance out of him and exactly what we needed,” Houston Manager A.J. Hinch said. “He doesn’t say much, he just shows up and does his job. Easy guy to root for.”
To begin the game, Peacock’s earned-run average was 1.10 in his 16.1 innings pitched through 12 appearances in relief. After completing his start, Brad lowered his ERA to a minuscule 0.87. It took just 70 pitches.
“It felt great. I’m glad they had the confidence in me to start a game. I just felt great out there tonight, hadn’t felt like that in a long time,” Peacock said. “It means a lot. I didn’t know where I was going to be in spring training to tell you the truth, I thought I was going to get designated or something.”
The lone run of the ball game came in the first inning. Outfielder George Springer earned a leadoff walk and would be able to score from first on a double by second baseman Jose Altuve. It was a tough run to come by off of an impressive Tigers starter in Michael Fulmer.
“We put ourselves in position to score. We left a couple of guys on base, but good guys like him (Fulmer) don’t give up a ton and we didn’t get a ton, we didn’t need a ton, but we got one at the right time,” Hinch said.
The win Monday night ended the Astros’ three game skid. It was just the second time this season they had lost three in a row. The previous time being in the first week of April after they won three games to open the season.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat