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BIRMINGHAM, AL — Jake Peavy tossed 5.0 solid innings in his first rehab appearance since suffering a
fractured rib, helping to lead the Barons to a 5-1 win and a series victory over the Huntsville Stars in front of
808 fans at Joe Davis Stadium.
Peavy (1-0, 1.80) allowed just one run on five hits while striking out four over 5.0 IP. The lone blemish on his
line occurred in the third when he allowed a two out single to Chadwin Stang and an RBI double to Nick Shaw.
He would settle in to throw two more scoreless innings while picking up his first career win in a Barons uniform
while showing some of the competitiveness that has made him one of the best pitchers of the last decade.
“I wanted the Birmingham Barons to win today, that’s what baseball is all about,” Peavy exclaimed in the
clubhouse after his start. “I felt ok and need to locate my pitches better before I start in the big leagues but I
thought it was a good start,” he added.
Pitching coach Britt Burns noted that Peavy, “was a little less than happy with his ability to nail the pitch inside
to lefties. He wanted to feel better about that. Everything else, he was pleased with.”
The Barons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in support of Peavy in the second inning on a two-run homer by
Jared Mitchell, his 5th home run of the season.
After Huntsville scored their lone run against Peavy, the Barons would respond with two more runs in the top of
the fourth on a booming solo home run by Brandon Short and an RBI single by David Herbek to take a 4-1
lead. Dan Black would add an insurance run in the top of the 8th on a solo home, his 10th of the season as the
Barons cruised to a 5-1 win in the series finale.
Salvador Sanchez, Kevin Vance and Taylor Thompson held the Stars hitless over 4.0 scoreless innings in
relief of Peavy, who was happy to be back in his home state and pitching pain free.
“Coming back to Alabama always offers a great perspective because you see how hard these guys work every
day as they work towards the big leagues. I love coming back and interacting with the boys,” said Peavy.
With the win, the Barons improved to 57-38 and 13-12 in the second half while Huntsville fell to 39-54 and 10-
15 in the second half. The Barons will have three days off during the Southern League All-Star break before
returning to action on Thursday against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Regions Field. First pitch on Thursday is
scheduled for 7:05 PM CDT.