Peavy gets the better of his old teammates

Peavy gets the better of his old teammates
September 1, 2013, 12:00 am
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BOSTON – Jake Peavy had been looking forward to facing his former team. So, when it finally happened?
 
“It really wasn’t that big of a deal once you got out there,” he said. “Once you got out there you get in compete mode. And we’re all used to guys being traded. You know guys. I just knew those guys a little bit more than you know guys around the league. But most guys when you face a team, you got a buddy or somebody you played with on another team. So it wasn’t that big of a deal. But nice win tonight.”
 
The Sox beat the White Sox, 7-2, at Fenway Park Saturday night. Peavy earned the win, going seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 3.91, improving his record to 11-5. Since being acquired in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, Peavy is 3-1 with the Red Sox.
 
Peavy had spent parts of the last four seasons with the White Sox, since Chicago acquired him at the trade deadline in 2009 from the Padres. He knew the White Sox lineup as well as he knew any team’s. But it wasn’t a matter of revenge for the right-hander.
 
“No absolutely not,” he said. “Just wanted to find a way for us to win. If both teams were out of it, I think it would have been a little bit more crazy. But we got to win. Every game that we play matters to the utmost. One thing was on everybody’s mind here and that was finding a way to beat John Danks and getting us coming away with the win.”
 
The Sox did that, and have now won six of their last seven games and nine of their last 13. Winning the first two games of the series against Chicago, the Sox have won a major league-best 28 series this season.
 
“He had a better game plan than we did,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. “He was tough. For him it’s as sharp as you’ve see him. And we didn’t mount anything. They were hitting balls all over the place and we just couldn’t get anything going. He limited us early and got good position. He limited that. He was spotting, throwing a lot of off-speed stuff and really locating.
 
“Especially in this environment and what’s going on and down in the race for them, he’s the guy you want to have go out there. You can tell by his energy and emotions when he’s out there.”
 
Peavy, though, while satisfied with the outcome, was not satisfied with his performance.
 
“We just made some pitches when we had to,” he said. “Didn’t make some smart pitches. That pitch to [Avisail]Garcia [a two-out RBI single in the fourth…Just made some pitches when I had to. Wasn’t sharp, didn’t really have great stuff tonight at all. But pieced together a game plan-wise and threw strikes for the most part, just didn't get ahead as much as I wanted to. Got a lot to work on before I go out there again.”
 
For now, it’s been just what the Sox wanted when they got the right-hander on July 30. He is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA, giving up 14 earned runs in 39 2/3 innings, with the Red Sox in six starts. He has allowed no more than two runs in five of those six starts. Excluding his second start with the Sox on Aug. 9 at Kansas City, when he allowed six runs in five innings, Peavy has posted a 2.08 ERA, giving up eight earned runs in 34 2/3 innings. Overall he is 11-5 with a 3.91 ERA.
 
“He’s been everything we could have hoped for since coming over here,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s worked deep in games. Throws a lot of strikes. He makes some big pitches in key moments. And even when he’s got some traffic on the basepaths, he finds some ways to minimize the overall damage and that’s held true in five of the six starts he’s made for us. Just a very strong competitor as we see.”
 
One of the points of competition Peavy was most looking forward to in this outing was facing Adam Dunn. The White Sox designated hitter and Peavy are best friends. This time, Peavy got the better of Dunn, who went 0-for-3 with a  walk.
 
“It was different,” Peavy said of facing Dunn. “Adam’s my best friend in the world. It was different, for sure. I threw him some good pitches, I threw him some pitches that he fouled off that he probably could have done something with.
 
“But it’s always nice when you come out on top and you just don’t have to listen to it. I’m certainly not going to – that team’s in a rough position not playing for anything and there won’t be any jazz till maybe later on in the winter. But I can promise you he wouldn’t have that same respect toward me if he’d got the better half of it. But Adam’s a great competitor, and it was a little bit different.”