Unusual control issues doom Peavy

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One nickname you wouldn’t think of for Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is “Wild Thing,” but he wore that nameplate Sunday.

Peavy, who came into the game fourth in the American League in walk-to-strikeout ratio, walked a season-high five batters in the first four innings, the last two forcing in runs that helped pave the way for a 6-2 victory by the Los Angeles Angels in the final game of a seven-game road trip.

The loss allowed the Angels to split the four-game series and dropped Chicago six games back of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.

“I felt really good today, that’s the most frustrating part,” said Peavy, who saw a personal four-game winning streak come to a halt. “I went out there with a good game plan and we felt like we could execute and just didn’t quite execute well enough.”

Peavy (5-2) walked Chris Iannetta to lead off the third and Iannetta and J.B. Shuck later came home on a double by Erick Aybar for a 2-0 lead. Walking Iannetta was his first mistake of the game, Peavy said. Iannetta came in hitting .198 on the season and had walked four times in Saturday’s 12-9 win by the Angels.

“I have all the respect in the world for Chris Iannetta, but I’ve got to make sure he hits the ball,” Peavy said. "The first time around, I felt like I made a pretty good pitch [to Iannatta] 3-2 and [home plate umpire John Hirschbeck] was calling some and wasn’t calling others, so it’s just the way it went. I just felt bad I didn’t give my team, as good as [Angels starter Jason] Vargas was, much of a chance to win today.”

Peavy walked the leadoff batter again in the fourth inning. Howie Kendrick followed with a single and Alberto Callaspo walked to load the bases.

“At that point, we were already down and I knew we couldn’t get any more down so I was just trying to strike [Callaspo] out, or get him to swing at my pitch and get a ground-ball double play to end the inning,” Peavy said. “I just couldn’t pull it off.”

Iannatta then drew his sixth walk in the last two games to force in a run. Shuck then popped out, but the free-swinging Aybar followed with a walk to force in another run and extend the lead to 4-0.

“We made a really good pitch and I thought he would swing the bat,” Peavy said of Aybar.

Behind the plate, catcher Tyler Flowers could see the frustration building on Peavy’s face.

“I know he felt really good overall physically and the ball was coming out pretty well,” Flowers said. “He was basically missing his spots by a couple inches and could never really get it going where he wanted it to go.”

As the White Sox head home after posting a 4-3 record on the road trip, including a season-high four-game winning streak, Peavy said there was plenty to build on.

“That was the best my slider has been all year,” he said. “I’ve got some positives to bring out of it. It’s just hard to be positive right now.”