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Red Sox Game 109 recap: Oh, right, there are actual games that get played!

Jake Peavy can't play third! PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

Highest WPA: Drake Britton, Craig Breslow, and Koji Uehara, .305 each (combined 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 2 BB)
Lowest WPA: David Ortiz, -.281 (1-7, 2 K, 3 LOB, GIDP)
Highest BAC: Drake Britton, .000 (Who needs booze when you’ve dumped your worst regular for potentially the team’s best starter?)

We had almost a full day to celebrate one of the most improbable, gratifying trades we’ve seen, but it’s time to get back to games and hope the addition of Jake Peavy means more wins, and the loss of Jose Iglesias means a better offensive third baseman.

Anyway, John Lackey was… just all right tonight. It’s hard to complain much about a 7-inning, 3-run outing, but it was just against the Mariners, so it’s also hard to praise it. More memorably, he blew a lead in the 6th, and then Junichi Tazawa blew a re-acquired lead (Dustin’s heating up!) in the 8th. Fortunately, the Mariners were prohibited, by the binding laws of conventional wisdom, from using their closer outside of a save situation. Instead of Tom Wilhelmsen (1.18 WHIP), they had no choice but to stick with Lucas Luetge (1.67 WHIP) for his third inning of work. And then, after Jarrod Saltalamacchia did his “completely inept against lefties” thing and teased a 16th inning, it was time to sound the STEPHEN DREW JUST PUT YOU BACK IN FIRST PLACE alert.

Having a good team improve itself at the deadline and gear up for a dramatic finish to the season is really fun.

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