Peavy makes strong first impression

The Guru
Contributing Writer

New Red Sox starter Jake Peavy was impressive in his Boston debut Saturday night.

When Peavy wasn’t muttering to himself on the mound, he was mowing down Diamondbacks. Peavy worked fast, threw strikes and displayed the air of an ace in the Sox 5-2 win.

Peavy’s final line was seven innings, 99 pitches, four hits, two earned runs, two walks and seven strikeouts.

After the game Peavy said,

"Winning is what it's about. It's always fun to win, I don't care where you win, even if you win ping-pong in the clubhouse."

Manager John Farell called Peavy “outstanding”, “as advertised” and was “a breath of fresh air — raw, competitive spirit.”

Peavy’s one mistake was an 0-2 fastball that Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt took deep. Other than that, Peavy was competing and in command. 18 of his first pitches were strikes and he only threw more than 18 pitches in one inning.

When Peavy walked off the mound in the eighth inning, the Fenway Faithful gave him a loud standing ovation. Peavy simply tipped his cap.

Later, Peavy took to Twitter to say,

Welcome to the pennant race, Jake.

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