The Chicago White Sox’s bats fell silent Thursday afternoon, as the offense was unable to muster enough run power to sweep the Kansas City Royals. Despite the loss, it is clear starting pitcher Gavin Floyd is ready for the 2013 Major League Baseball season as he pitched well enough to win the ball game.
Floyd allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out five batters in six innings. He was flawless up until the fifth inning when the wheels appeared to come off.
After recording a groundout, Floyd walked Eric Hosmer. Jeff Francoeur added some excitement on offense when he executed a hit-and-run that gave the Royals runners on first and second. Jarrod Dyson knocked in the first run of the game on an infield single, and Chris Getz scored Francoeur on a single to right field. Chicago’s third error committed by an outfielder in the series allowed Getz to go to second, which is how the third unearned run was eventually recorded.
There is no question Floyd deserved the win after his solid performance. With an offense as potent as the one the White Sox have, a pitcher that allows only two runs should be in the clear for the victory.
It is comforting to see Floyd pitch with success in the first start of the season, especially since he got knocked around pretty good in Spring Training. The right-hander allowed 15 earned runs in five starts this spring. However, he also struck out 23 batters in 21 2/3 innings, which is something Chicago is hoping to see more of throughout the regular season.