After first-pitch HR, Peavy dominates
April, 14, 2013
By Scott Sargent
Jason Miller/Getty ImagesJake Peavy didn't give up a walk Sunday while striking out 11 Cleveland batters.CLEVELAND -- A first-pitch home run by Cleveland's Michael Bourn was all White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy yielded as the Sox snapped a five-game losing streak.
After the top of the Chicago line-up went down in order, Peavy fired a first-pitch fastball to Bourn which was promptly placed in the White Sox bullpen 390 feet down the right field line. From there, the former Cy Young winner would cruise through seven innings, striking out 11 batters, while walking none, in a 3-1 victory over the Tribe.
"I didn't expect Bourn to swing there," Peavy said of the first-pitch home run. "He got me. It was my fault, totally. Thankfully, we had a good game plan -- Tyler (Flowers) called an outstanding game, we had a big hit by (Paul Konerko) -- to get us a much-needed win."
Peavy recorded his second win of the season thanks to the seven-inning masterpiece. While he has struck out 10 batters 31 other times, this was only the third time he had done so while allowing zero bases on balls.
Eleven of the White Sox's 12 games this season have been decided by three-or-fewer runs, so the first-pitch home run could have set the tone for another long day. Peavy, however, settled in and used both sides of the plate.
"You hate to do that," Peavy said of the home run. "We needed to win, we understood that. I know I needed to come up with a big effort. To start the game like that after what we have been through is not ideal, for sure, but I knew that I needed to bear down and keep it right there. We knew it was going to be tight, and after those first few innings that it was going to shake out to be a tight ball game as it was. Fortunately, we came out on the right side of things."
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was pleased with his starting pitcher's seven-inning effort, especially after Chicago ace Chris Sale was chased after 4 1/3 innings a day earlier.
"You give up a home run on the first pitch of the game -- you bear down and it's one of those where he's just trying to get ahead in the game -- and you get ambushed a bit, said Ventura. "It wakes you up pretty quick. But it was what we needed, too."