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Peavy Pours It On

May 15th against the Kansas City Royals


Immunity:
Jake Peavy
Exiled:
Paul Konerko

Jake Peavy showing us the angry young man tonight -- that's the guy we want! Paul Konerko had a tough night, going 0-for-4 and leaving four runners on base. Paulie, c'mon!

Short Take:Jake Peavy pitches 8-1/3 strong innings and the Sox get some rare timely hitting to beat the Royals 5-4.

It was a dark and stormy night...

Sorry, couldn't resist. The White Sox and Royals started an hour late tonight, waiting out the rain that never really ended. Nine soggy innings later the White Sox pulled out a come-from-behind 5-4 win behind the never-say-die Jake Peavy.

Peavy, who looks like he's found his mojo, pitched 8-1/3 innings and looked strong after a shaky first inning. He was opposed by the unpronouceable Luke Hochevar, who looked unhittable for the first six innings but came unraveled in the seventh.

The damp details: the Royals' first was very un-Peavylike, as Mike Aviles copped an infield single and advanced to second on David DeJesus' groundout. Billy Butler walked and Jose Guillen was hit by a pitch off his hand (ouch), loading the bases. Alberto Callaspo doubled to left on a mistake pitch by Peavy, clearing the bases. Ugh...looks like another 2010 White Sox tragedy unfolding. 3-0 Royals at the end of the first inning.

In the top of the second, Alex Rios gave a clinic on how to play old-school baseball. Rios took a purpose pitch in his back, payback for the Guillen HBP. Alex promptly stole second and scored on a well-placed single by Alexei Ramirez. So there. 3-1 Royals in the middle of the second inning. The Royals came back with a run of their own in the third as Billy Butler hit a solo homer to left. Now it's 4-1 Royals, and Peavy's getting cranky.

The game cruised quietly in the rain until the top of the seventh. Mark Kotsay got a one-out single, followed by an infield single by Alexei Ramirez, followed by a walk to Mark Teahen. Hochevar suddenly didn't look so tough. Ramon Castro, catching tonight's game, got his first hit of the season at the best time possible, scoring Kotsay and Ramirez. Juan Pierre then singled, scoring Teahen. Gordon Beckham then dropped a single into center, at which point Mr. Hochevar was done. Brad Thompson came in to pitch and yielded a *deep* sac fly to Andruw Jones, scoring Castro. Hey hey hey! 5-4 Sox in the seventh.

Peavy was now pitching like a man possessed. He efficiently put away the Royals in the seventh and eighth, allowing one hit to Mike Aviles but then picking him off first. In the bottom of the ninth, Peavy was still in there and gave up a leadoff single to Billy Butler. Chris Getz came in to run for Butler, and that seemed to rile Peavy even more. He struck out Jose Guillen while Getz stayed at first. Matt Thornton was brought in to face Callaspo, who grounded into a fielder's choice that forced Getz at second. Now it's two outs and Mitch Maier is facing Thornton. Cue the dramatic music...Maier popped up to Beckham, game over and it's still raining.

Nice, nice comeback by the Sox. Fearless pitching, timely hits, sharp baserunning, good defense -- what's not to like? Just do this more often, eh?

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
The more we see Peavy, the more we like him. But we're still waiting for Gordon Beckham to break out into the hitter we know is in there.


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