The wild day in the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation every time Chris Capuano steps on the mound was once again on display on Sunday Night Baseball. The flaw that is the fifth spot in that rotation was exposed for the nationally televised game that saw the Boston Red Sox take care of the Dodgers 8-1 behind a complete game from Jake Peavy.
The Dodgers have come back to earth since their magical 42-8 run with losses in four of the last eight games. However, there is no shame in losing two games to one of the best teams in baseball (Red Sox), one to a guy in Jose Fernandez that has been one of the best pitchers over the last few months, and one on a day when four starters were rested.
Peavy is a familiar face from his time with the San Diego Padres making his 25th career start against the Dodgers. Sunday was the first time the Dodgers had seen Peavy since 2009 and hadn’t lost to him since September 25, 2008 nearly five years ago.
The right-hander only allowed three hits including a solo homer off the bat of his former teammate Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers never had multiple baserunners on in a given inning all night. Peavy is now 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers.
As far as the Red Sox, it didn’t matter who was pitching they were scoring runs. Capuano only lasted five innings giving up three earned runs for the 11th time in 18 starts.
The Red Sox wasted no time getting on the board for the second straight day when Mike Napoli connected on a grounds rule double to knock in Shane Victorino. The bases were loaded before Capuano got out of the inning with a double play.
A Dustin Pedroia sac fly in the third and a Xander Bogaerts double in the fourth put the Sox up 3-0 after four. After the Gonzalez homer it would stay 3-1 until the sixth with Chris Withrow now pitching.
Withrow has been very dependable since being called up in June but Jarrod Saltalamacchia greeted him with a two-run homer. The home run ball was a theme tonight for the Sox as Victorino would add a solo shot in the seventh also off Withrow.
In the ninth with the game already out of reach, even for these Dodgers, Napoli would hit a mammoth flyball to left field with Brandon League pitching and a runner on to put the nail in the coffin.
The focus now shifts to the Chicago Cubs as the team tries to shake off back-to-back losses for the second time in a little over a week.
WP: Jake Peavy (10-5)
LP: Chris Capuano (4-7)