Jake Peavy’s third Sox victory (without a defeat) was a masterpiece as he worked eight scoreless innings tonight, surrendering only two hits–a pair of singles–in the 8-0 whitewash of the Tigers.
While Peavy’s gem is much too late to vault the Sox into playoff contention, he has given us a lot of hope for 2010 as well as giving a big boost to the rival Twins. The Twinkies, who outlasted the Royals, 10-7, are just a game behind Detroit with two games left.
With the Tigers undoubtedly feeling some pressure, they will have to face the rejuvenated Freddy Garcia tomorrow night in an effort to separate themselves from Minny. Sox fans are looking for a win and another one on Sunday afternoon behind 13-game winner John Danks to end the season in satisfying fashion. If they do just that, it’s likely they will have pushed the Twins over the finish line. I’d rather be a contender than a spoiler, but it is what it is.
Offense Comes Alive
Peavy got great support tonight. Scotty Pods went 3 for 4 and led off the game with a homer. Carlos Quentin socked his 20th round-tripper of the season and drove in two while Jermaine Dye and Mark Kotsay each drove in a pair as well.