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Peavy Pukes, Sox Rally

April 12, at Toronto

Andruw Jones
Jake Peavy

Teahen wins the PTC for winning the game, but never would have been in position to do so if Andruw didn't carry the Sox offense for the 1st half of tonight's game.  That being said, Teahen could have saved his heroics for another night, if Jake Peavy could have kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard.

Short Take:  All's well in Toronto thanks to Andruw Jones' 2 HR night and Mark Teahen's 9th inning, game-tying HR and 11th inning RBI triple to bail out ineffective Jake Peavy.

On Opening Night in Toronto, Jake Peavy looked like a courteous guest, ready to serve up a win to the hot Blue Jays on a platter.  Fresh off a less than stellar debut to the 2010 season last week, he somehow found a way to get worse, repeatedly coughing up leads the struggling Sox offense handed him and consistently missing his spots, but have no fear, Andruw Jones came through early and Mark Teahen came through late, as the Sox rallied past the Jays 8-7, in 11, for their first win north of the border since 2007.

The Sox broke the scoring open in the 2nd on a 2-run bomb by Jones following a Paul Konerko walk, but Peavy needed only 3 batters to toss a monster home run up to Jack Buck, which still might be circling in low Earth orbit.  Tied, the Sox responded in the 3rd, as Carlos Quentin and Andruw Jones each singled to center field to drive home a run, but that 2-run lead didn't stand long, either, as Peavy coughed up a monster 4-run inning highlighted by Adam Lind's 2-run double and Vernon Wells 2-run home run.

The much-maligned Sox offense came back, though, and bailed out Jake again.  In the 6th, Andruw Jones lead off the inning with a home run and later in the frame, Mark Teahen singled home Alex Rios, who had a fine night despite getting booed and razzed by the Toronto faithful from the pregame festivities probably until the park clears out tonight.  However, in the bottom of the 6th, after Peavy loaded the bases on a double, walk, and hit batter, Randy Williams relieved him and worked his special blend of magic, walking home the go-ahead run before Sergio Santos slammed the door on the potential Toronto rally, though, with some help from Alexei Ramirez, who continues to look lost at the plate, but made a terrific back-hand play on a rocket ground ball off the bat of Vernon Wells to end the inning before things got out of control.

Facing Blue Jay closer Jason Frasor, Mark Teahen came through again, with a lead-off home run to tie the game at 7 and, thanks to some timely shutdown pitching by Matt Thornton, who tossed two perfect frames in the 9th and 10th, got the chance to be the hero in the top of the 11th.  Following a pinch hit single by Mark Kotsay, Teahen tripled to the right-center gap, scoring pinch-runner Omar Vizquel.  The Sox, however, wasted a golden opprotunity to add some years to my lifetime, as Gordon Beckham, Carlos Quentin, and Paul Konerko all failed to capitalize with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no out, though, to be fair, both Beckham and Quentin put good wood on the ball, just unfortunately, right at somebody in white and blue.  That set the scene for Bobby Jenks, who dealt his standard brand of heartburn-inducing fun in the 11th, quickly striking out the first two Jays he faced before working into some trouble by walking a pair, only to strike out Lind, arguably Toronto's best player, to end the game.  Sox win, 8-7!

The Sox and Blue Jays will face off tomorrow night in the second of this four-game set from the Rogers Centre.  Gavin Floyd looks for his first win of the season and while the Jays have not officially announced tomorrow's starter yet, smart money is on Ricky Romero, the young lefty who dominated the Rangers in his 1st start of the 2010 season last week.  Game time is 6:07 PM Chicago time, and will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net.

TBGR Diary:
 Jake Peavy's doing plenty to prove the AL's superiority to the NL, but you've got to feel good for Jones and Teahen, two maligned acquisitions, for coming through for their new teammates.

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