Tigers make Peavy pay for mistakes

Tigers make Peavy pay for mistakes
May 19, 2014, 1:00 am
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BOSTON - Nobody is more angry about Jake Peavy's night than Jake Peavy.

Always hard on himself on the mound, he had reason to be Sunday night after the Tigers knocked him around for 5 runs on a season-high 11 hits in 6.0 innings of work (92 pitches).

Given a 1-0 lead after a Xander Bogaerts single that scored Grady Sizemore in the 2nd inning, Peavy allowed 3 runs the next inning.

The dynamic duo of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez once again proved to be a problem for Sox pitchers.

With two outs and Ian Kinsler on second base, Cabrera singled in Kinsler with a hit just over third baseman Brock Holt to tie the game at 1-1. Then in the next at-bat, Martinez took a 1-2 changeup out of the park.

Just like that it was 3-1 Tigers, and they wouldn't give back the lead, earning the weekend series sweep of the Sox in three games and doing so in convincing fashion over the final two games.

Peavy avoided any blowup innings the rest of the way, allowing a run on a Cabrera sacrifice fly in the 5th, and a couple hits that led to a run in the 6th. That would be his final inning of work, coming up one shy of 2,000 for his career.

"I was pleased with the way my body felt and I did get better, I felt like I did get better as the game went on, "Peavy said. "I felt location-wise they took advantage of a lot of the same things that happened yesterday. If the balls are in the middle of the plate, they're not making outs on them. If we catch a break and get Cabrera out it saves you three runs in that inning. Completely different ballgame there if that's the case. It's a game of inches and balls certainly didn't bounce our way. We could have done things on all ends of the ball to make things better."

For Peavy, it was his second rough start in a row, fresh off a loss to the Twins last Tuesday where he went 4.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. Peavy's home run allowed to Martinez Sunday night was the 9th one he's allowed this season, one in each of his starts. That's the longest streak in MLB.

"Well the one thing Jake doesn't do is back away from whoever's in the box in a given moment," John Farrell said of the home runs allowed. "You could probably point to some mislocated pitches as being one thing. That's when balls go out of the ballpark, they haven't gotten to the intended area. Still, setting aside tonight and the five runs allowed, Jake regardless of the home runs allowed he has pitched well for us and put us in a position to keep a game under control. Again, against quality major league hitters, when you don't locate, that's what can happen."

Peavy doesn't seem to be overly concerned with the home runs allowed, and admits that batters are hitting the ball in the air more now than in the past. That said, it's something he's aware of.

"You gotta do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark," Peavy said, "that's for sure, and I expect to do that."