On February 2, 1988 in Palm Beach County, Florida, former Nats’ righty Brad Peacock was born.
Peacock made his Nationals’ debut late in the 2011 season as the Nats were beginning to show the baseball world that things were changing in a big way in the National League East. With the team poised to finish with its best record since its inaugural season in 2005, Peacock contributed in a big way in September to push the Nats toward the 80 win mark.
The 6’1″ hurler made his debut on September 6th of the 2011 season on a rainy, humid night that also saw ace Stephen Strasburg made his Major League return following his undergoing surgery in 2010. Strasburg pitched five shutout innings and left after five innings with a 3-0 lead. That lead vanished in the top of the sixth as Doug Slaten and Peacock (one run, four hits allowed in 1.1 innings on the night) gave up three runs in a game the visitors would eventually win 7-3.
Eight days later, Peacock took the mound for his first Major League start and was brilliant in a 2-0 Nationals victory. The rookie shut the Mets down over five innings on only two hits with two strikeouts to earn is first win. The game was memorable for two things other than Peacock’s performance, namely the awesome reactions by Peacock’s parents who were shown celebrating in the stands frequently in MASN’s broadcast of the game and the amazing game-saving final out catch by Rick Ankiel that ensured that a Curly W would be put in the books for both Peacock and the Nats.
On September 22nd, Peacock started again and had similar results allowing only one earned run and two hits in 5.2 innings to lead the Nats to a 6-1 victory at Citizens Bank Park over the Phillies.
The off-season brought the cruel reality of baseball to Peacock as he was dealt two days before Christmas 2011 to the Oakland A’s in a deal that brought Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals. Peacock was eventually dealt again, this time to Houston where he has gone 9-16 with a 4.91 ERA over the past three seasons. Until the Astros signed former National Doug Fister as a free agent, many thought that Peacock had a great shot at earning a spot in the up and coming team’s rotation. Hopefully the former National who gave us a few moments of excitement in the 2011 season will be able to find his way to Major League success deep in the heart of Texas.
Happy number 28 to the former number 41!