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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Frustrated Floyd can't find his groove

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox’s recent nine-game winning streak set a number of their players in the right direction, but one who has continued to struggle is starter Gavin Floyd.

Gavin Floyd
While his teammates have thrived of late, Gavin Floyd has struggled.

Floyd suffered his fourth consecutive rough outing in Saturday’s 10-8 extra-inning loss to the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. Floyd, who received a no decision, allowed nine hits, four home runs and five runs in five innings against the Mariners.

Floyd had been one of the team’s most consistent pitchers during a string of four starts from April 24 to May 11. He allowed a total of four runs in 28 2/3 innings during that span.

But since then, he’s been a totally different pitcher. He’s given up 37 hits and 26 runs in 19 2/3 innings during his last four starts. His ERA went from 2.53 to 5.32.

Floyd, who has been around a 4.00 ERA the previous four seasons, sounded frustrated after Saturday’s performance, but also optimistic he would return to form again.

“Just bad pitches (Saturday,)” Floyd said. “I just got to get back to having better focus and keep on battling out there. It’s a long season. I just got to keep on going.

“I feel like I’m in control. I have the ball and try to throw it to the mitt. Sometimes you just don’t have it, and sometimes you do. You just try to go out there and keep the team in the game and try to battle.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura has stood behind his veterans throughout this season, and that continued to be the case with Floyd on Saturday. Ventura said Floyd didn’t need any additional rest and would be ready to go in five days.

“He’s just up (in the strike zone Saturday,)” Ventura said. “ You have a day the ball’s carrying, guys got good swings on them and they’re going to go. He needs to work down in the zone. He just needs to be better.”

Floyd got that, too.

“I always continue to work on stuff and refine things,” Floyd said. “It’s a matter of keep on going out there and trying to keep the team in the game.”