Like many on the Red Sox, Jake Peavy has had his share of struggles over the course of 2014, but Saturday’s outing was one he can hang his hat on, despite the final score.
The Boston starter gave the Sox the chance to win, and even left the game in line for his second victory of the season, only to see the bullpen allow the Indians turn a one-run Sox lead into a one-run deficit in the seventh inning.
After a 1-2-3 first inning by Peavy, the Indians got a chance in the second, as Jason Kipnis singled and Nick Swisher doubled him to third to put runners on second and third with one out. A David Murphy fly out and a liner caught by Mike Napoli retired the Indians with the Sox still holding a 1-0 lead.
Cleveland tied the game in the third, however, as Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double to right that scored Michael Bourn from first base. Cabrera was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple, and the Indians wouldn’t get anymore in the frame.
The Indians next threat came in the top of the fourth, as Kipnis singled and Lonnie Chisenhall walked, then Swisher sacrificed them to second and third. Peavy struck out Murphy for the second out, but then hit Carlos Santana to load the bases. The crisis was averted when Yan Gomes hit a fly to right that Brock Holt caught while battling the sun to end the inning.
The taxing day for Peavy continued with two outs in the fifth, as Brantley was hit by a pitch and Kipnis hit his third single of the day. Lonnie Chisenhall then drew a walk on a 10-pitch at bat to load the bases, but once again the Indians couldn’t break through as Swisher grounded out to second.
Peavy had a relatively easier sixth inning, as the Indians had only one baserunner after Santana doubled with one out, but was left stranded when Gomes struck out and Bourn grounded out to second.
The Sox starter’s night ended after the sixth, as Craig Breslow came out to protect a 2-1 Red Sox lead. Peavy’s final line was six innings of work, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Saturday was the fewest runs allowed by Peavy since April 25, when he allowed one run to the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-1 Red Sox win. The righthander lowered his season ERA from 4.76 to 4.53. Peavy’s next start is scheduled for June 19, as the Red Sox travel to Oakland to face the A’s.