Welcome to Boston, Jake Peavy! His debut in a Boston uniform was could not have gone better. What a fierce competitor. If there’s one thing I was expecting from Peavy, it was hunger. For all his accomplishments, he’s only gone to the postseason twice. He’s got stamina, endurance, drive, and skills. Frankly, I’m psyched.
He gave up a solo shot to lead off the fourth. After giving up a single to lead off the eighth, he was replaced by Breslow. But, I mean, it’s pretty hard to pitch better than that. Seven and one-third innings of one-run ball with only four hits and four walks, plus seven strikeouts, is truly awesome. Especially since the only run he allowed scored thanks to a single mistake. He was brutally efficient as well, throwing ninety-nine pitches.
With one out in the fifth, Ellsbury hit a solo shot to tie the game at one. We broke that tie in the seventh. Drew, Snyder, and Ellsbury led it off with back-to-back-to-back singles. Ellsbury’s single scored one, and a sac fly by Victorino scored another.
Meanwhile, in the eighth, Breslow did not take a page from Peavy’s book. He hit a batter and gave up another single to load the bases. Tazawa came on and gave up an RBI single that could have been worse if we hadn’t secured an out in the process by throwing a runner out at home. In the bottom of the inning, Napoli led off with a walk, Gomes struck out, and Salty went yard on his second pitch to right. It’s really fun to watch Salty hit home runs. Because he’s huge, and it just seems so easy.
So the final score was actually 5-2. All around I’d say it was an excellent game.