Peavy not worried about stats, just success

August, 25, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy watched on a clubhouse television in disbelief as his team's bullpen slowly relinquished the five-run lead he helped create on Friday.

Peavy departed the game after seven innings with the White Sox holding a 7-2 advantage. Peavy had given up two runs in the first two innings, and he held the Seattle Mariners scoreless over the next five. He left the game and returned to the clubhouse to cool off his arm and relax while watching the game's final innings.

It seemed things were finally going to go Peavy's way. Over his previous 12 starts, the White Sox had scored more than four runs just once, and his record was 3-8 over that span. On Friday, his offense finally produced, and Peavy provided another strong start. It was all lined up for him.

[+] EnlargeJake Peavy
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastJake Peavy thought he finally was going to get a win Friday, but after the bullpen blew his lead, he was happy the team prevailed.
But as Peavy knows all too well, his luck just hasn't been that great lately, and it wasn't going to change on Friday.

Peavy witnessed three White Sox's relievers combine to allow six runs in the ninth inning, giving away first his win and then the White Sox's lead. It was the first time the White Sox surrendered a lead of five or more runs in the ninth inning since May 28, 1998.

"Things got ugly in the ninth," Peavy said.

No one would have blamed Peavy if he had lost his temper, but he didn't. He instead turned to Adam Dunn, who was also in the clubhouse watching the game.

"I said, ‘Go down to the dugout and make sure those boys are ready to go in the ninth,'" Peavy said. "Dunn said, ‘I got you. I got you.'"

After the wild 9-8 win -- which coupled with the Detroit Tigers' loss boosted the Sox lead to 2 1/2 games -- Peavy focused on the team's win, not his luck.

"It's about winning games and finding a way to get in (the playoffs,)" said Peavy, who remained 9-9 and lowered his ERA to 3.09 on the season. "It's been tough to get wins on my fifth day. So if I win on my fifth day, I'll take it. It wasn't meant to be tonight for me to get the win. Like I said, that's an afterthought. If this team get into the playoffs, that's all any of us are worried about. The personal stats will take care of themselves.

"To come away with a win on a night (the Detroit Tigers) lost, with us feeling like we should have won the game from the outset and a nice way to do it, we don't want to win many more like that, but we'll take it."

Peavy wouldn't say he was disappointed not to receive the win, but his catcher A.J. Pierzynski did.

"He pitched great," Pierzynski said. "It's a shame he couldn't get a win. He hasn't had a win in awhile. We had actually scored him some runs. He threw the ball outstanding. He deserved a better fate."

For Pierzynski, the game's final inning was a roller coaster of emotions.

"From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in a two-minute span," Pierzynski said. "It was fun. Obviously it was a huge win for not only the way it happened with everything going on with the pennant race, it was just a huge team win. You felt bad for the way we blew it, but you felt great because we of the way we won it."
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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