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Peavy Gets the Win, But For The Wrong Sox

August 31st vs. the Boston Red Sox

Today's Game Rating:
A strong perfomance from John Danks, but a stronger performance by the Red Sox hitters earns this epic only one star.

Short Take:Jake Peavy pitched against his old team for the first time and made it count, as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 7-2 in Boston.

I want to like the Boston Red Sox. I really do. Mostly because they annoy the Yankees, and I really, really don't like the Yankees. But within the last ten years the Red Sox have fallen into a tub of money and have behaved more and more like their insufferable New York rivals.

As of today they hold firm possession of first place in the American League East. Tonight they showed why they're in first as they made short work of the White Sox by a score of 7-2 in Boston. Ah, Boston...birthplace of the American Revolution, seat of higher education, and the fertile soil from which sprung Yaz, Hawk Harrelson's golden calf.

I want to like the Red Sox because I remember the plucky teams of the 1960s and the smart teams of the 1970s. But this most recent version has become less of a ballclub and more of a Brahmin fashion accessory. They've turned into an East Coast version of the Cubs, just without the pathetic losing record. Fenway Park is filled with New Englanders willing to buy grossly overpriced tickets and swell dangerously with self-importance. Call it Yankee envy -- I call it annoying.

But I have to concede that they're a strong ball team. Jake Peavy pitched for the Wrong Sox tonight, facing the Right Sox for the first time since his trade, and he delivered what you'd expect: two runs in seven innings and muttering to himself all the way. John Danks started for our South Side Sports and in five innings threw strikes, which is good, but gave up six runs on eleven hits, which is not.

The Beaneaters tallied early, picking up a run in the first when Mike Napoli singled home Jacoby Ellsbury. The White Sox tied it in the third on a fielder's choice by Alejandro De Aza that scored Conor Gillaspie.

But the Scarlet Stockings took back the lead in the bottom of the third as a result of back-to-back doubles by Napoli and Jonny Gomes. Napoli should've been tagged out at second when he got on base, but Gordon Beckham dropped the throw. I was prepared to blame that play for the White Sox' loss but the Red Sox had a lot more hitting planned for the evening.

The game was re-tied by the White Sox in the fourth. Alexei Ramirez singled and stole second, then came home on Avisail Garcia's single. Our little engine kept a- runnin', and it looked as if this might be a game. Alas, the Febrile Fenways gathered three more runs in the same inning to make it 5-2. Never mind how they did it -- they hit a lot.

Just because they could, the Boston Bunch scored two more, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. That made it 7-2, where it would stay as Ventura's Valiants shuffled meekly through the rest of the game.

As this essay is being prepared the Yankees are eight games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. That makes me smile. However, the increasingly annoying Red Sox are in first place with a comfortable four-game lead, and the White Sox have served as their enablers these past two nights. That makes me frown. It was the late Bart Giamatti who said that baseball was meant to break your heart, and he was right. But it's tough to buy that -- Giamatti was a Red Sox fan.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Down. "Stoney, did I ever tell you I played in Boston?" "Uh, yeah, I think you have, Hawk."

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