Aug. 25: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 1
When the Red Sox traded for Jake Peavy at the trade deadline, shipping outstanding shortstop and June’s AL Rookie of the Month Jose Iglesias out of town, they hoped for the results hat Peavy gave them on the final night of their six-game West Coast swing.
After splitting the first two games of the series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Peavy not only beat the team he faced so many times when pitching for San Diego, he dominated them. Peavy pitched one of the most complete games any Red Sox pitcher has thrown this season, pitching all nine innings and limiting the hottest team in the National League just one run on three hits; the lone run being scored on an Adrian Gonzalez solo home run.
Dustin Pedroia had three hits, while Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, and Xander Bogaerts each had two. Victorino, Napoli, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also added home runs to support Peavy, who threw 77 strikes on 111 pitches and recorded five strikeouts on just one walk.
The Red Sox taking the series also marked the first time in two and a half months that the Dodgers lost a series, and the win came on the one-year anniversary of the Red Sox-Dodgers megadeal that sent Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles and Rubby De La Rosa and Alan Webster to Boston.