2011: A Chiefs Odyssey – Kevin’s Number 5
Whoops, that was the Drypolcherian version of the song. (I’ll let you explain that one, JB.) Side note: That is the first time in my life I’ve seen any part of Glee outside of TV commercials. I had to turn it off after 15 seconds. Seriously, America? SERIOUSLY????
#5 Mucho Gusto…Me Llamo Bradley
Well, I hate to match up again, but here we are for the second time. Truth be told – I had this at #3 as soon as 60 seconds before this post, but I had debated it a ton, and I just can’t put it up that high. You’ll see why in a few days – but still, Brad Peacock’s post-perfect game one-hitter was the best sequel since The Dark Knight.
Watching baseball the day after a perfect game – as I discovered for the first time on July 27 – is an unusual way of seeing the game. The first batter to reach base is sad. The first batter to get a hit is downright depressing. You realize that you’ve seen something that you’ll probably never see again – and yet you immediately want to see it again. When Peacock walked Luis Valbuena in the first, Jason and I both looked at each other with a smirk – but a smirk with just the tiniest bit of sadness inside, I believe. Of course – that walk wasn’t a hit. And neither was any plate appearance for the first seven innings, until Beau Mills’ double.
The game was much more than your ordinary, run-of-the-mill seven no-hit innings performance. (As if there is such a thing.) It was a night full of thoughts like “this can’t really be happening, can it?” In the 27 or so hours between Germano’s perfect game and Peacock’s performance, there was no other place I wanted to be in the world than high above the field in the Alliance Bank Stadium press box. It was – as cliche’ it sounds – a truly magical two nights of baseball.
I don’t think I ever really believed Peacock was going to throw a no-hitter, if only because of the pitch count – truth be told, it seemed like a miracle he even made it to the seventh. He threw 109 pitches in his 7+ innings – a number that was only that low because of an economical last few frames. Peacock walked four in the game and came close on a few others – but still retired 21 hitters without surrendering a hit in the Chiefs’ 2-0 win.
My favorite anecdote from this game was finding out postgame that Peacock and Randy Knorr never had a discussion about if or when Peacock would come out of the game. Brad likely knew it was one bad pitch away from ending in the eighth – but the trust between manager and starting pitcher was already established in just the third Triple-A start for Peacock. This was more than just a great game – it was a coming-out party. Peacock’s first two Triple-A starts had been disastrous and decent – but July 27 was downright dominant.
The right-handed hurler ended up 5-1 with a cool 3.19 ERA in nine Syracuse starts, striking out 48 in 48 innings. Opposing batters hit just .205 against Peacock in Triple-A. On July 27, they hit .045. And oh, how close it was to being .000.
You didn’t really think I was going to get through a response to the last post without a one-hit wonder of my own, right?