Jake Peavy pitched seven-plus innings and gave up two runs in his Red Sox debut, picking up the victory as Boston beat Arizona, 5-2 on Saturday night.
Peavy dominated the Diamondbacks’ left-handed hitters, who were 0-for-11 with five strikeouts against him. That is the most lefties he has faced without allowing a hit since Dodgers lefties went 0-for-15 vs him on Aug. 22, 2006.
He threw 99 pitches to 26 batters and not one of them put a hard-hit ball in play, according to data from Inside Edge. It is the first time in the last five seasons he hasn’t allowed a hard-hit ball as a starting pitcher.
Peavy pounded the bottom of the strike zone, throwing a season-high 57 percent of his pitches mid-thigh or lower, and kept the ball away from the D-backs hitters, locating a season-high 64 percent of his pitches on the outer third of the zone or just off the outside corner.
He also went to his breaking pitches often, matching a season-best with 34 curves and sliders thrown. Those pitches netted him nine outs and five of his seven strikeouts, with just one single allowed in at-bats ending in a curve or slider.