LAWRENCEVILLE - After stranding one runner in each of the first four innings, the G-Braves got their fifth baserunner against Jake Peavy in the fifth when Wes Timmons knocked the ball off the pitcher's throwing elbow.
The Chicago White Sox' former Cy Young winner came to Gwinnett with the Charlotte Knights to make his third rehab start Monday as he tries to return from an ankle injury. The ball off his arm did a little damage, but not as much as Peavy did to the Gwinnett Braves.
"It didn't hit me that hard," Peavy said. "It's not of any consequence, I'd imagine.
"I made a good pitch after that."
The good pitch ended Peavy's five-inning performance in Game 1 of a scheduled double-header. His 80-pitch shutout was good for Peavy, but too much for the Gwinnett in a 4-1, seven-inning loss to the Knights. Game 2 of the twin bill was not completed by press time.
The truncated game magnified the impact of Peavy's five-inning start.
Gwinnett tried to rally against reliever Fernando Hernandez in the final two innings, but Peavy's start dug Gwinnett's hole too deep.
The G-Braves pushed across a run in the seventh and even brought the tying run to the plate with two on for the International League's hit leader Barbaro Canizares. But Canizares grounded out to second to end the game.
Like most of Gwinnett's batters, Canizares had not allowed Peavy to confound him, going 1-for-3 with a walk. Only Brandon Jones, Brooks Conrad and Van Pope did not reach base against the major leaguer. But none of the hits, including a leadoff single by Gregor Blanco amounted to anything.
"Tonight, I just tried to ease into the start," Peavy said. "I wanted to go 50-60 pitches and see if I could turn it up and it would be there."
Peavy hit 94 on the stadium gun in his final inning and his last pitch was in the 90s.
"I definitely see some progress from my last bullpen," Peavy said. "Tonight was a good step forward."
Peavy joined the White Sox in July in a trade with the San Diego Padres, already on the disabled list. He was 6-6 in 13 starts with a 3.97 ERA.
Monday against the G-Braves was the right hander's longest rehab start and first win. He struck out three, including Conrad twice.
Peavy was pitching on an extra day of rest following his last scratch from a Sunday start that would have pitted him against Braves' rehabbing starter Tim Hudson. Hudson won Sunday, throwing six innings.
John Halama took the loss for Gwinnett on Monday, throwing five innings, allowing three earned runs. It was the second consecutive loss for the lefty.
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What happened: Jake Peavy threw five innings of the seven inning Game 1 double header, shutting out the G-Braves. Gwinnett stranded five runners against the rehabbing major leaguer and 10 for the game. The G-Braves tried to rally in the seventh, scoring one and bringing the tying run to the plate, but Barbaro Canizares grounded out to second to end the game. LHP John Halama (4-6) took the loss, throwing five innings and allowing four runs (three earned).
Stat of the day: Peavy and Fernando Hernandez failed to hit a G-Brave batter in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader ending a seven-game hit-by-pitch streak for Gwinnett within the division. Wes Timmons took a ball to the back with the bases loaded in the second inning of Game 2 to make it eight out of the last nine games.
Web gem: Peavy got to test his ankle on a slow bunt down the first base line beating LF Brian Barton to the bag to make the third out.
Pivotal moment: More like moments. Every inning the Gwinnett Braves stranded runners on base in the three-run loss including leadoff runners in the first, third and fourth innings.
Bumps and bruises: LHP Francisley Bueno may have returned from DL Saturday and pitched one scoreless on Sunday, but the G-Braves are far from a fit team. RHP and starter James Parr is still on the DL with a strained oblique. SS Diory Hernandez has not played since Friday with a troubled shoulder, but did start Game 2 of the double header. INF Wes Timmons has missed some time with pain in his injured thumb, but played Monday.
On deck: The G-Braves are off today before heading to Charlotte to continue the seven-game showdown with the Knights. RHP Todd Redmond (9-6, 4.02 ERA) will make his second to last start for Gwinnett before heading off to play for USA Baseball.