May 21, 2018
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Peavy’s past success with Red Sox all but forgotten

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN

SEATTLE — The glorious success right-hander Jake Peavy had during last season’s World Series run has been all but forgotten lately, as the 33-year-old veteran is beginning to look like his best years are in the past.

Peavy’s winless streak extended to 11 starts Tuesday, when the Seattle Mariners knocked him around for eight hits and seven earned runs over five innings of a 10-2 loss.

“It’s not fun. Nothing’s fun about getting beat, especially when you don’t do your job and you get beat. It’s just frustrating,” Peavy said after the game.

Peavy seemed to be getting back on track over his previous two outings, but Tuesday’s performance was a step in the wrong direction. He struggled through the first inning, eventually found some consistency in the third and fourth innings, then allowed two home runs in the four-run fifth. Peavy has given up at least one home run in 13 of his 16 starts this season.

“It’s not fun,” he said of his string of rough outings. “Nothing’s fun about getting beat, especially when you don’t do your job and you get beat. It’s just frustrating.”

Both Peavy and manager John Farrell were at a loss for explaining the pitcher’s struggles. Farrell offered up that a minor groin issue has plagued his starter this season but added that it didn’t seem to be a factor.

“I can’t say it’s hindered him,” Farrell said.

When asked about the groin issue, Peavy said: “I’m not going to go there with the health issues. There were certainly times when I didn’t feel my best, but I’m fine — good enough to compete and do better than I’m doing.”

Farrell was asked after Tuesday’s game whether Peavy might be in danger of losing a spot in the rotation. The Red Sox have to make a move to activate scheduled Wednesday starter Clay Buchholz, and Farrell didn’t rule out anything.

“We’re considering everything available to us,” Farrell said after Tuesday’s loss. “You’ll know by some point tomorrow. There’s a roster move to be made, and we’ll take a look at everything.”

Peavy got roughed up for eight hits and seven earned runs at on Tuesday night, marking the sixth time this season he has allowed at least five earned runs in a game. He hasn’t won a start since April 25 and is working on a winless streak of 11 consecutive starts.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK: Stephen Drew extended his hitless streak to 23 at-bats with an 0-for-3 performance Tuesday in Seattle. He had a costly seventh-inning error and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the eighth.

“We’ve got to stay with him and fix what’s not been working,” manager John Farrell said.

David Ortiz had a rare quiet night at Safeco Field as he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks. Ortiz was 8-for-15 in his previous four games at the Seattle stadium, dating back to last season.

Clay Buchholz is ready to come off the 15-day disabled list and make Wednesday’s start at Seattle. Buchholz (hyperextended knee) has not pitched since May 27 and has a 7.02 ERA for the season. He has not pitched at Seattle’s Safeco Field since September 2012 and has a career ERA of 3.26 in four career starts against the Mariners.


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