After Dayan Viciedo gave the Chicago White Sox a walk-off win exactly one week ago today, the Sox took off on their first road trip of the year with some boosted confidence. However, after getting swept by the Washington Nationals and losing two more to the Cleveland Indians, it seemed as if the Sox couldn’t buy a win.
With Michael Bourn sending Jake Peavy’s very first pitch of the afternoon over the right field fence, it looked as if the South Siders five-game losing streak was headed to six in today’s series finale against the Tribe. But to his credit, Peavy was almost spotless after Bourn’s leadoff dinger and the Sox provided him with just enough run support in a 3-1 win over the Indians in Cleveland today.
Peavy had the Indians hitters off balance the entire game, as he struck out 11 batters in his seven innings of work. After allowing six earned runs and picking up his first loss of 2013 earlier this week, Peavy’s outstanding outing this afternoon was exactly what the veteran hurler needed. With 24 strikeouts and just one walk in his three starts this year, Peavy’s control has been remarkable. Although Chris Sale is considered the ace of the Sox pitching staff, Peavy has been the Pale Hose top pitcher to start this season.
Even at age 31, Peavy brings some of the most resilient effort of any hurler in the MLB every time he toes the rubber. When you add his warrior like mentality to his impressive talent, Peavy is capable of shutting down any MLB lineup, as he showed today. Moving forward, I’d expect —and hope— the other Sox starters to feed off Peavy’s energy and follow his great outing with a few of their own.