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Sox Sweep Twins! Dogs and Cats Living Together! Mass Hysteria!

August 7 at Minnesota Twins


Levels Finished:
5
The Sox were the ones throwing fireballs today, as Jake Peavy mowed down the Twins. Lillibridge, Konerko, Ramirez, and Rios all smashed barrels with authority to help the cause.

Short Take: Jake Peavy gave us a flashback to his Cy Young days, the Sox finally wrecked an awful Twins pitching staff, and for the first time since 2004, the Sox leave Minneapolis with broom in hand.

You know what, I give up. Seeing this latest showing by the Sox just makes me throw in the towel and say "I can't do it anymore." I, of course, am referring to trying to figure out this Sox team. Mere days after being plundered, pillaged, and left for dead by those Damn Yankees, the Sox headed up to Minnesota, where most observers predicted that the Twins would go out and nail the Sox' coffin shut like they always do. Instead, the Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Twins with a 7-0 shellacking of those crappy, perpetual losers. With this showing, I just can't figure out what the hell this team is going to do from here on out. They could win the World Series, or they could finish 6 games behind the Royals. I just don't know anymore.

Jake Peavy was on the bump for the Sox, taking on Sox killer Brian Duensing. From the outset, Jake looked fantastic. He had great movement on his fastball, and his breaking ball was a thing of beauty. With Dunn out of the lineup, Brent Lillibridge took over the duties at first and in the second inning, supplied all the offense the Sox would need with a solo bomb that made its way into the Target Field upper deck. They didn't stop there, though. Konerko started off a three-run fourth with a home run that also ended up in the cheap seats, Carlos Quentin continued his hot hitting with a double, then Alex Rios - yes, THAT Alex Rios - drove him in with a double of his own. The Sox would tack on one more via a Brent Morel RBI fielder's choice which put the Sox ahead 4-0. From there, the hope was that Peavy could keep up his pitching, and boy, did he ever. In the seventh, Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run shot to left field, effectively icing the game away. Then in the eighth, Alex Rios - yes, THAT Alex Rios - decided to join the power party with a solo homer of his own to give the Sox the 7-0 lead and put this game - and series - in the win column. Every Sox starter had a hit in this game, which is a welcome sight when one is used to having maybe two or three have hits in any given game, and it's also good to see the Sox finally slap around a brutally awful Twins pitching corps that has taken to turning into aces against the Sox bats.

Peavy finished with eight masterful innings of work, giving up no runs on only three hits, six strikeouts, no walks, and a hit batsman on a skipper that hit Matt Tolbert on a hop...so no, that was not a payback pitch that the Twins so richly deserve. For now, though, we'll take the sweep at Target Field. Wow, Sox sweep in Minnesota...anybody who saw this coming on the heels of a six-game losing streak, step up and claim your prize...and then slap yourself because you're a liar. My only hypothesis is that during the Yankees series, the Sox got some kind of Yankee pheromone or something on their uniforms and brought it to Minnesota, where the Twins smelled it and went into ALDS mode. Makes as much sense as anything in this crazy season.

With the world turned upside down, the Sox now travel to Baltimore for a four-game skirmish. This is a great opportunity for the Sox to get back in the race, as they're on the road where they have performed great as of late, they're playing a demoralized Oriole ballclub, and most importantly, Bobby Jenks will no longer be around to implode against anything wearing Baltimore orange. Johnny Danks will be taking to the mound against the O's Jeremy Guthrie at 6:05 CT. This is the time to make your move, Sox. Don't blow it.

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Incredible performance today, as he finally earns his hefty paycheck with a 2007-like performance. Seems to be getting stronger with each start. If this is what a healthy Peavy will pitch like, then sit back and enjoy the show.

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