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Jake-OK

May 3, vs. Kansas City


Immunity:
Alex Rios
Exiled:
Mark Kotsay

Alex and his wife welcomed a son into the world this weekend and then he capped a 3-4 night and 3-run 5th inning with a 2-run single that essentially put the game out of reach for Kansas City.  Kotsay, meanwhile, continues to not hit; 0-4 tonight, dropping his season average to .146.

Short Take:   Jake Peavy Revival Tour kicks off with 7 inning, 9-strikeout domination of Royals as Sox start big homestand on right foot.

No offense to San Diego, but when your claim to fame is the weather, you know the town has to be pretty "blah."  So, Sox fans may be able to understand why it took Jake Peavy four weeks to find his Cy Young-caliber stuff in his first full season in one of the world's cultural and culinary capitals.  As the old adage goes, it's better late than never, as Peavy powered the Sox past their divisional cellarmates in a 5-1 win at the Cell.

Pretty much everything was working tonight for Jake, his fastball had life and good movement, his slider was devastating, and his changeup was making guys look foolish.  And don't poo-poo this start either because "it's just the Royals."  Entering tonight's game, Kansas City was 4th in the American League with a .271 team batting average and were riding high off a series win in Tampa against the American League's best team.  Peavy, however, had them hacking, guessing, and looking downright foolish all night long.  Kansas City didn't record a hit until Mitch Maier singled with 2 outs in the 5th.  20 of the first 22 Royals to step to the plate were set down, and Peavy basically dominated the game until, with two outs in the 7th , Alberto Callaspo singled to left field.  However, the pitch before Callaspo's hit looked a be a strike on the inner portion of the plate that was called a ball.  Peavy, now pissed, missed his spot with Callaspo and then allowed a double to Jason Kendall before ending the threat by inducing a harmless pop-out from Mitch Maier.  Jake was so riled up, he even decided to exchange a few words with home plate ump Paul Nauert.  Whatever the case may be when you throw 7 scoreless innings and fan 9, we'll take it.

Ah.  Feel that breeze?  That's a collective sigh of relief from the South Side.

It was all A's for the offense tonight, too, specifically Alexei Ramirez, who started the scoring with a solo home run in the 3rd inning; Andruw Jones, who continued his torrent hitting with an RBI single in the third and RBI double in the 5th; and Alex Rios, back with the team, the proud father went 3-for-4 ripped a 2-run single in the 5th to give the Sox a 5-run lead that felt like 50 with Jake's efforts on the mound.  Hell, even A.J. Pierzynski had himself a night, hopefully busting out of his month-long slump with a 2-for-4 effort and even Juan Pierre climbed above the .200 plateau, going 1-for-4, stealing a pair of bases, and scoring a pair of runs. 

Following Peavy's departure after the 7th, Matt Thornton had himself an easy, perfect 8th inning and Scott Linebrink closed the game by serving up a solo home run to Scotty Pods, making his first appearance at the Cell as a Sox legend in road greys (Part II).

Don't you love stories with happy endings?

The Sox and Royals are at it again tomorrow night in Game 2 of their 3-game series.  Gavin Floyd takes the bump for the Sox against Luke Hochevar.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM and will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
 Vintage Jake Peavy performance, continued excellence from Jones and Rios, and signs of life from Pierre and Pierzynski.  Hey it's one game (and they are the Royals), but could things finally be coming together?


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