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Peavy is Our Own National Treasure

June 19th against the Washington Nationals


Immunity:
Jake Peavy
Exiled:
Alexei Ramirez

Peavy showed us the Cy Young Award stuff today: complete-game shutout, three hits, seven strikeouts. But Ramirez! For such a skinny guy, Alexei was a big fat zero today: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and five left on base.

Short Take:Say it with me now: Winning Streak! A 1-0 win against the Washington Nationals makes it five in a row.

So how's that shoulder, Jake?

Jake Peavy skipped his last turn in the rotation and Ozzie Guillen wanted to put him on the disabled list. He had an MRI done on his shoulder looking for an injury. Some injury. Peavy pitched a three-hit shutout against the Washington Nationals today, giving the White Sox a 1-0 win.

The White Sox still can't seem to figure out how to make the most efficient use of hits. Nine hits today, mostly scattered randomly throughout the game, only producing one run. I suppose if Peavy pitched every game like he was coming off an injury scare, the Sox could get away with only pushing one run over the plate. Fortunately Peavy was able to do it today and we all are now smiling as we stare at our screens.

Remarkably, Peavy looked like he was going to be in trouble right away. In the Nationals' first, Nyjer Morgan led off with a single. Hoo boy, there goes the no-hitter. The next hitter, Cristian Guzman, bunted safely, which put runners on first and second with no outs. A strikeout and two flyouts later, Peavy got out of it.

Peavy's mound opponent was J.D. Martin, who pitched very well. Unfortunately for him, Peavy pitched very, very well. Martin went six innings and gave up eight scattered hits with only one run. That run came in the Sox' fourth when Omar Vizquel, the grand old man of the infield, singled and moved to second on a groundout. Carlos Quentin, who in the last couple of weeks seems to have found the operating manual for his bat, singled him home. And that was it.

The rest of the game was like watching a guy build a house-of-cards, gingerly placing one card on end above the one below until a gossamer-thin structure is standing on its own. Peavy held on into the ninth, inexplicably walking the leadoff hitter, Nyjer Morgan. Prior to facing Morgan, Peavy had retired twenty in a row. A successful sac bunt by Cristian Guzman put Morgan on second with one out. Peavy struck out Ryan Zimmerman. Now there were two outs, and Ozzie came out to the mound. No doubt he wanted to ask, "How's that shoulder, Jake?" After they exchanged medical stories, Guillen told Peavy to intentionally walk Adam Dunn. Good call, because Josh Willingham popped out to second to end the game.

Whew. A great pitching performance, especially fitting the day after the White Sox got to see the heralded Stephen Strasburg put on a ten-strikeout show only to lose to the Sox 2-1. This is the team we expected to see the first two months of the season: strong pitching and good defense. If they keep this up, Peavy can get all the MRIs he wants.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
Pitchers' duels are exciting baseball, but I really wish they'd score more runs.


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