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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Little run support for Peavy in loss to Twins

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The lack of run support for Jake Peavy on Saturday was reminiscent of times during his 2012 season. The White Sox veteran had nothing to show for the seven innings of one-run, six-hit baseball he pitched against the Minnesota Twins. The no-decision was the result of another lethargic offensive day by his teammates.

"We said from the first homestand that we are going to live and die with the home run,“ Peavy said. “There are times when we won’t hit it; those are the times you are going to get beat. It is going to come, and we are going to hit some homers. The big boys are going to get going.”

Chicago has been in a season-long funk with runners in scoring position (17-99 for a .172 batting average, the lowest in the AL). Adam Dunn continued his recent slump, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Dunn is one for his past 37, however, no one did much after Alejandro De Aza’s home run to lead off the White Sox first inning.

Peavy acknowledged that he was better equipped to deal with a lack of run support than some of his younger teammates.

“I would rather it be me than [Jose] Quintana or [Chris] Sale or somebody that has not been through it,” Peavy said. “I have really pitched my whole career in tight ballgames. You go back and look at some of those years in San Diego -- I didn’t have a lot of run support. I am fine with it and okay with pitching in tight games. I appreciate [manager Robin Ventura leaving me in some big situations]."

Peavy went through the entire 2012 season with a small amount of runs scored behind him. His offense gave him the fourth-fewest runs scored per outing for a starting pitcher in the league last season. Fourteen of the club's first 17 games have been decided by three runs or less.

“It was a wasted outing for Jake," first baseman Paul Konerko said in reference to his team’s offensive struggles. “The work is there, the approach is good. Everything is in the right place. It just hasn’t happened yet. We just have to keep grinding.”

Peavy has been dominant against Minnesota the past two seasons, lowering his ERA to 1.64 in his past five starts against the Twins.

“When you start a game and your team loses, it is not fun,“ he said. “I believe we will find a way. We went through some rough stretches last year, and, hopefully, we can right the ship sooner or later.“