The Boston Red Sox had a huge weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and each team had won one game. Boston taking the rubber game of the series would be huge, considering how hot the Dodgers have been and that the Tampa Bay Rays had already lost. Jake Peavy was Boston’s starter Sunday night, and he absolutely came through.
Peavy was Boston’s big pickup at the trade deadline. It really hurt to see defensive wizard Jose Igleasis go, but these are exactly the kind of games that Peavy was brought here for. It didn’t hurt that Peavy has 12 lifetime wins against the Dodgers.
Peavy pitched a complete game, which is a very rare feat these days. He only gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one batter. As one was watching this game, you could tell how badly Peavy wanted it. It seemed that as the game progressed into the eighth and ninth innings, he only got stronger. Peavy is an absolute bulldog and has always had a reputation as a fantastic competitor.
Peavy’s performance was almost like a throwback to 20 or 30 years ago, when starting pitchers did everything that they could do to finish the game. Luis Tiant, Catfish Hunter, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens. Those are players where when the game was on the line, they could smell the finish.
A lot of those aforementioned names can be called money pitchers. That’s exactly what Jake Peavy was Sunday night: he was money. You know that if John Farrell had even thought of taking him out in the ninth, Peavy probably would have stared him down and that would have been that.
Hopefully there will be more big games like that one for Peavy to pitch and win. Yesterday’s gem was exactly why the Red Sox got him.