“Three runs over five innings” is about the best most teams can expect from their fifth starter, especially against a good Boston lineup, so it’s hard to get on Chris Capuano too badly for this one. Chris Withrow and Brandon League certainly didn’t make it any better, of course, but it really doesn’t matter because the Dodgers got a look at vintage Jake Peavy tonight, the one who used to dominate them endlessly back when he was at the top of his game with San Diego.
Peavy made just a single mistake tonight, a fourth inning homer to Adrian Gonzalez — which had to be fun against his old team — but was otherwise masterful. Carl Crawford managed to single, and so did Skip Schumaker… and, other than an A.J. Ellis walk, that was it. Not once did the Dodgers get more than one runner on base, and while that’s disappointing from this lineup, all you can really do is shake your head and credit Peavy for a master class in the art of pitching.
Having dropped two of three to Boston, the Dodgers lost their first series since dropping two of three to Pittsburgh back between June 16-18, more than two months and 18 series ago. Though they’re just 4-4 in their last eight games, they’re still up by 9.5 over Arizona, so I think it’s going to be okay, especially when the Cubs have to face Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw this week.