CHICAGO -- Gavin Floyd faced the Detroit Tigers' hard-hitting duo of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder a total of six times on Saturday, and the Chicago White Sox veteran right hander said he approached them the same way every at-bat.
“Like they weren’t there,” Floyd deadpanned. “I just tried to focus on the mitt and make pitches. That’s the goal when you’re out there… try to get in a zone and make pitches.”
Floyd didn’t allow Cabrera to reach base and he struck out Fielder twice on an afternoon in which he was erratic at times, but ultimately good enough to lead the Sox to a 5-1 victory. Floyd threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits while walking three and hitting three batters in his first win of the season. Of Floyd’s 98 pitches, 57 were for strikes.
Less than a week after he gave up three home runs against the Texas Rangers in his first start of the season, Floyd said he never lost confidence in his pitches and relied on his focus when he found himself in a jam. Floyd hit Delmon Young twice on Saturday, had four 1-2-3 innings and got himself out of bases-loaded situations in both the second and sixth innings.
“I thought he pitched great,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He got into a couple of jams there, but for me, he battled and made pitches when he had to. He has been a guy throughout spring that I’ve seen make the tough pitch. He’s able to do that and he’s very talented. We just let him go today and he made all the pitches.”