Well, you win some, you lose some, and even with the 2007 National League Cy Young award winner on the mound… we lost some…
Jake Peavy struggled his way through five innings of three-run baseball, and even though he only gave up three runs, it was painful to watch at times. It seemed to me like he was trying to get the batters to chase his breaking pitches that were outside of the zone anyway instead of getting a good fastball over to start things off. He did manage five strikeouts, one of them against Travis Hafner with two on and two out to end the third inning, but it was a rough first start for Peavy.
Juan Pierre was able to draw a walk from Fausto Carmona (one of six) to lead off the ballgame and ended up stealing his way to third. He was then driven in on a sacrifice fly from Paul Konerko allowing the Sox to jump ahead early. In Konerko’s second at-bat he cracked his second home run of the season, a 2-run blast into the bullpen in left field, to put the Sox up 3-0.
Unfortunately that’s where our scoring stopped and where Cleveland started to pile on gork shots, bloopers, and in-betweeners to eventually tie the game. Peavy was pulled after the end of the fifth inning which gave our so-far stellar bullpen a chance at some early action.
Randy Williams was the first to toe the rubber. He pitched an inning and a third, giving up the run that would saddle him with the loss.
Then came Tony Pena who pitched two thirds of an inning surrendering a hit and a walk in a decent effort.
Matt Thornton was once again lights-out, sandwiching a strikeout between two ground outs.
The bottom of the ninth inning brought on Big, Bad, Bobby Jenks… who is now officially demoted to “Just Big” Bobby Jenks. He let the final run of the game come across home plate while also walking two and striking out two. I know I said watching Peavy struggle was bad, but this was even worse. Peavy we need every five days while Jenks we’ll need close to fifty times this year.
We’ve only played two games and everyone in the division is currently tied for first until the Twins game finishes, at which time they’ll be in first by half a game, so there really isn’t anything to complain about.
Tomorrow we finish off the series by sending Gavin Floyd to the mound to face Justin Masterson. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 and, as always, you can catch all the action on AM 670 The Score starting with Chris Rongey’s pre-game show at 6:30.