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All-Star Snubs Make Jays Pay

July 6 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Today's Sox Crew:
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In the searing heat, the Sox worked hard and finally gave Jake Peavy some support, as they put in a blue-collar effort to cement themselves as the division leaders going into the break.

Short Take: Jake Peavy pitched like an All-Star, and the Sox FINALLY get him a win to show for it.

After finding out that he lost out to Yu Darvish in the All-Star Final Vote, Jake Peavy came out today with a chip on his shoulder. I guess in Japan, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP is better than a 2.85 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Must be dishonorable to the rest of the league to be as good as Jake has been, so they went with the more honorable Darvish, since he's humble enough to let a few teams smack him around every now and then. I digress, though. Anyway, Peavy shook off a minor struggle early, and gave notice that he is for real, allowing only one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts as the Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.

However, early on, the Sox looked like they would give Peavy the same fate he was resigned to the last four starts of his: no run support. Toronto DH Adam Lind took advantage of Peavy's only mistake, hitting a solo shot to give the Jays a 1-0 lead that recent history suggests would hold. In the fifth, though, the Sox took that history book, set it on fire, and urinated on the ashes, as they gave Jake some much-appreciated support. Dayan Viciedo started the rally with a double off Jays pitcher Aaron Laffey, and Alexei Ramirez brought him home on a base hit. Rajai Davis threw home to try to get Viciedo, and his throw sailed high over catcher J.P. Arencibia's head. Alexei, already running to second on the throw, would end up at third base on the throwing error by Davis. The comedy of errors continued on the next at-bat, as Gordon Beckham split three fielders on a bloop shot to drive in Ramirez. Jays 3B Brett Lawrie picked the ball up and tried flipping it to Davis, but failed, allowing Beckham to advance to second to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Alejandro De Aza flew out, advancing Beckham to third, and Kevin Youkilis came in and punched in Beckham with a line shot base hit to left, giving Youkilis RBI number 7 in this four-game old homestand. Finally, fellow All-Star snub A.J. Pierzynski blasted a solo shot in the 6th inning to put the Sox ahead 4-1.

Peavy locked down the Jays' bats up until he got taken out with one out in the top of the eighth. As he stepped off, the crowd gave him a big standing ovation, which Peavy acknowledged with a tip of his hat. Matt Thornton came in and got the remaining two outs on strikeouts, giving way to Addison Reed in the 9th for the save attempt. He was shaky, walking Edwin Encarnacion and giving up a base hit to Lind that Encarnacion took third on. The Jays would get a run off a Yunel Escobar sacrifice fly, and thankfully, Reed would get out of it by inducing Davis to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 DP. Sox win!

With the win, the Sox improve to 46-37, a season-high 9 games over .500. With the Tribe's 10-3 loss to the Rays, they gained a game on them, improving their lead in the division to 3 games, and guaranteeing that the Sox will lead the division going into the break. Solid. Tomorrow, Gavin Floyd (hopefully the good one) goes against the Jays' Ricky Romero, in a 3:15pm start at U.S. Cellular Field. Yours truly will be there, so stop on up! This is the last homestand for a while, so see them while you can! $10 for Upper Reserve seats! Alexei Ramirez Bobbleheads! Everyone loves bobbleheads, so come get one and see the Sox kick some Blue Jay tailfeather! Just win, baby! [/billymaysmode]

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate Jake Peavy, whether he's an All-Star or not."

submitted by MtGrnwdSoxFan.

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