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Peavy Polished and Paulie Powerful

May 8th against the Toronto Blue Jays

Jake Peavy
Mark Teahen

Jake Peavy looks like the Cy Young guy we know: 8 strikeouts, no walks, and retiring the first 16 hitters. But Teahen? Goes 0-for-3 with a double play, and picks up an RBI in spite of himself by walking with the bases loaded.

Short Take:Jake Peavy teased us with a perfect game going into the sixth and Paul Konerko continues to amaze as the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3.

It was a chilly night in Chicago, but Jake Peavy was dealing a hot hand as the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3. Peavy's performance was the story tonight. He had a perfect game for the first 5-1/3 innings, until John Buck rudely broke it up in the sixth with a solo home run. But Peavy was dominant, with eight strikeouts and no walks in eight innings of work. Now that's the Peavy we knew was in there.

Peavy's mound opponent was Brett Cecil, who came into the game with a 2-1 record and a major-league ability but had a hard time finding the strike zone. Cecil gave up three earned runs, seven hits and three walks in 5-1/3 innings. Josh Roenicke and Casey Janssen followed Cecil, allowing the Sox to feast on a string of hits and walks that gave the Good Guys from Chicago the win.

Here's how it unfolded: in the Sox' first, Gordon Beckham walked after falling behind 0-2. After Andruw Jones popped to third, Paul Konerko, fresh off his sore-neck episode, hit a ka-booming home run deep into the left-field seats. Just like that, it's 2-0 Sox.

In the Sox' second, singles by A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez, and Juan Pierre loaded the bases. Gordon Beckham strode to the plate and drew a mighty walk, gaining an RBI for himself and another run for the Sox. 3-0 Sox after two innings.

Peavy kept cruising until the sixth when Buck hit that perfecto-spoiling homer. Later that inning Fred Lewis hit a grounder that ricocheted off Peavy and out of everyone's reach, giving Lewis a cheap single. No other damage done, and the Sox are still up 3-1 in the sixth.

The bottom of the seventh was a bit odd, but in a good way. Juan Pierre got a bunt single and took second on Roenicke's throwing error. Andruw Jones tripled off the center-field wall, driving in Pierre. Konerko drew a walk, followed by a double off the bat of Alex Rios, scoring Jones and sending Paulie to third. At this point Roenicke was lifted for Casey Janssen, who intentionally walked Pierzynski to load the bases. Good idea, but not if you can't find the strike zone. Janssen walked Carlos Quentin and Mark Teahen, forcing in Konerko and Rios, respectively. And now the score is 7-2, Sox over Toronto, respectively.

The Blue Jays' eighth was led off rudely by Alex Gonzalez hitting a solo homer off Peavy. Not to worry, though -- Peavy retired the next three on a couple of grounders and a strikeout. Jake left the field after the eighth to a standing ovation. 2010's feel-good story, Sergio Santos, came in to pitch the ninth, giving up a leadoff double to Lewis. After inducing a couple of groundouts, Santos gave up the first run of his young pitching career when Vernon Wells doubled and scored Lewis. Showing the kind of stuff he's made of, Santos struck out Lyle Overbay convincingly for the final out and a White Sox winner.

A fireworks show capped off the evening. A quality win by the White Sox and lovely fireworks sure can take a chill off the night.

TBGR Diary:
Gotta feel good about Jake Peavy, and you can't help but smile watching Sergio Santos. But when will Gordon Beckham break out?

submitted by tebman.

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