- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy not only took the loss in Thursday's 8-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs, but he also had to deal with the humiliation of serving up a grand slam to a pitcher.
Cubs starter Travis Wood, one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball, changed the course of the game with his first career grand slam and second homer of the season in the fourth inning to put the Cubs up 6-1.
Peavy knows exactly how the train came off of the tracks in his failed outing.
"I felt good, no excuses whatsoever," said Peavy, who tied a season-high with six earned runs in four innings to fall to 6-3. "Just made some bad pitches to (Darwin) Barney in two at-bats and I made the same two pitches (hanging slider) to the pitcher, and he was able to get one up in the air and one of them through the hole."
Peavy was well aware of Woods reputation at the plate.
"I have seen every at-bat he had all year," Peavy said. "In his last start, Homer Bailey struck him out and then he almost hit a ball out of the park off of him. I saw the one he hit on Waveland (against the New York Mets on May 19). We knew what kind of athlete he was going in."
Peavy didn't use a pitch count or humid conditions as an excuse for his shortest outing of the season. He was coming off back-to-back 117-pitch performances.
"No, I felt good today," Peavy said in responding to a question about his previous pitch counts. "I had plenty in the tank. That game could have easily gone different."
The loss was the third straight game the Sox were dominated by the Cubs, who outscored them 24-6 in three games. On the record, the team is supportive of the struggling offense that has only scored 30 in runs in their last 10 games. But behind closed doors many have to wonder where the team's offensive mojo has gone.
"On offense we haven't gotten anything going," said team captain Paul Konerko, who drove in two of his team's three runs. "We have not put together anything sustained this year with the bat. We have been a little bit better lately with the little things but as you see we aren't out of the woods yet."
Konerko believes the offense owes the pitchers better performances than the one they delivered on Thursday.
"We have asked a lot of our pitchers and for the most part they have delivered," he said. "You have to go out there sometimes and heavy hand somebody to give them a break."