Peavy can't close out Indians in finale

October, 2, 2012
Levine By Bruce Levine
Jake PeavyAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhJake Peavy is hoping Tuesday's game will not be his last with the White Sox.
CLEVELAND -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy could only shake his head after picking up a no-decision in his last start of the season on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old veteran could not close out a game in which he had allowed one hit through 8 innings. Peavy entered the ninth inning with 104 pitches, and manager Robin Ventura allowed Peavy to start the 9th inning with a 3-1 lead. But pinch-hitter Mickey Brantley’s base hit set the stage for Travis Hafner’s pinch hit home run as the Indians went on to win 4-3 in 12.

Peavy finishes the season with an 11-12 record.

"He was pitching great," Ventura said. "He earned that and he wanted to go back out. He had only given up one hit. He looked great.“

The Sox starter was nonplused by yet another no decision in what has been a star-crossed season.

"You want to finish what you start," he said. “I felt good. There was no reason for me not to go back out there. I really did not have any stressful innings to ambush me there."

Peavy was able to throw more than two hundred innings and start over 30 games for the first time since 2007, due to an assortment of injuries.

"You like to have those stats so that people can understand beyond that," Peavy said. "I was physically and mentally ready to pitch 32 times and that is what I aimed to do."

The Sox hold an option on Peavy for 2013 at $22 million. They will without question buy out the option for $4 million, making him a free agent after the World Series ends.

"We will see what happens," Peavy said. "I could not thank my teammates, the Sox organization or the people of Chicago enough for staying with me and giving me the opportunity. If this was the end it has been a good ride and I hope this isn’t the end."

If this was the end for Peavy with the White Sox his record was 28-25 in just over three seasons.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.



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