Monday, April 15, 2013
Sox's Floyd struggles again, falls to 0-3
By Mark Polishuk Special to ESPNChicago.com
TORONTO -- Gavin Floyd has not enjoyed much help from his offense this season but the pitcher is also not doing much to help his own cause. Floyd dropped to 0-3 in three starts after struggling through a 4 1/3-inning outing on Monday against the Blue Jays, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks.
Two of Toronto's runs came via sacrifice flies and two came on solo homers from J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis. Floyd's main issue was that he couldn't locate his pitches with much movement.
"He was up. For the first couple of innings, everything was kind of up in the zone and they didn't miss," manager Robin Ventura said.
It was Floyd's shortest start since he only threw two innings against Seattle on Aug. 26, 2012, although that performance was cut short by Floyd suffering a sore elbow. Against the Jays on Monday, the only problem was Floyd's lack of command.
"They got on top of the ball, some of the sliders out were just staying straight," Floyd said. "Some of them weren't getting the same action I usually get. When you leave balls up consistently you get hurt a little bit."
The White Sox against didn't give Floyd much breathing room, scoring just two runs during his stint and three runs overall in the 4-3 defeat. Chicago has scored only six runs total during Floyd's three games.
It was the second straight tough outing for Floyd, who allowed five runs in 5 1/3 IP against the Nationals on April 10. The Nats also collected nine hits against Floyd in that start, and the right-hander's ERA now stands at an ungainly 6.32 through three starts and 15 2/3 innings in this young season.
Notes: The White Sox stranded eight men on base during the game. ... Dayan Viciedo enjoyed a 3-for-4 night, improving his average to .184 for the season. The struggling left fielder had only four hits in his previous 34 at-bats entering Monday's game. ... Hector Santiago, Matt Lindstrom and Donnie Veal combined for 3 2/3 shutout innings in relief, lowering Chicago's bullpen ERA to a very impressive 1.51 on the season. ... Tyler Greene collected two singles (2-for-4) in his White Sox debut but was also picked off first in the second inning.