For the second straight night, the Chicago White Sox beat the Miami Marlins on a walk-off single. Tonight it was Conor Gillaspie that produced the RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the White Sox a 2-1 victory. Although Gillaspie delivered the late-inning heroics, starter Jake Peavy was the true star for the South Siders Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Peavy pitched all nine innings, allowing just one run and striking out five as he recorded his sixth win of 2013. If it weren’t for Derek Dietrich’s ninth-inning homerun, Peavy would have thrown his first complete game shutout since April 23, 2012.
Other than his one mistake to Dietrich, the veteran hurler was absolutely brilliant for Chicago. Peavy’s dominance was somewhat expected given the fact he was facing the league’s worst offense. The right-hander is now 3-0 in three starts at home and he’s allowed just five earned runs in 21.2 innings pitched at U.S. Cellular Field.
Although he’s been dominant in just about every city he’s pitched in this season, Peavy has been just about unhittable on Chicago’s south side. This trend of home field advantage for Peavy started last year as he went 6-4 at the Cell and posted a 3.10 ERA.
Moving forward, I’d expect nothing different from Peavy. There’s not doubt he’s going to give you all he’s got each time he toes the rubber, and it appears as if the 31-year-old Cy Young winner still has a lot left in the tank.