The game started of very well, with Alejandro de Aza homering to leadoff the game. After that homer, however, the game went downhill fast.
Jake Peavy once again just didn’t have it in a big game situation, leaving pitches out, over the plate that Angels hitters didn’t miss. Peavy allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings of work, leaving Sox hitters too big of a deficit to come back from.
The Angels had a very balanced offensive attack, with all but one starter collecting at least a hit. Ervin Santana, on the other hand, shut down Sox hitters after the De Aza leadoff homer, to the tune of one run in seven innings pitched, collecting 11 strikeouts.
Santana struggled early with his control, but Sox hitters (per usual) swung at pitches out of the strike zone and bailed him out.
Ervin Santana – 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K – The scary part of this is that Santana is the worst pitcher the Sox are going to face in this series.
Alejandro De Aza – 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – De Aza hit a leadoff home run and was the only Sox hitter to collect multiple hits.
Mike Trout – 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – What can’t this guy do? The answer is nothing.
The turning point in this game was in the second inning when Peavy started to leave pitches up and out over the plate. He escaped the second inning with only giving up one run, but his poor pitching caught up to him in the third inning, when the Angels battered him for two runs on three hits. The Angels onslaught continued into the fourth, when perennial Sox killer Torii Hunter hit a two-out, two-RBI single.
Things Would Be Different If…
…Peavy didn’t look so far off of his game. This is the second straight big start for Peavy that he has not performed to a satisfactory level. After the Sox seized the momentum at the very beginning of the game, Peavy returned it to the Angels by the second inning.
It isn’t quite panic time yet, because Sox fans have to remember that this weekend’s series in Anaheim is the toughest on the schedule, while Detroit is (supposed to be) playing their easiest part of the schedule, hosting the Twins at home.
If the Sox can simply maintain some kind of lead by the time the weekend ends, things should seem promising. But both the Sox and the Tigers have been so unpredictable and inconsistent, no one can truly know what’s going to happen. I guess it’s just time to sit back, relax and strap it down for the rest of the year.
Overall record: 81-69, 1.5 games up on Detroit
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