Jake Peavy was recently named the A.L. pitcher of the month for the great work he did in April. He looked like he wanted to double up on the award in his first May start.
Peavy once again had all his pitches working. The only batter that he had real trouble with was Alex Avila, who went 2-2, including a home run and a walk against the rejuvenated right hander.
Peavy struck out 6, and looked to be on his way to his fourth win of the season. The fact that he only won 7 games each of the past 2 years, 4 wins by May 4th would be great.
Unfortunately, the bullpen, or more specifically Matt Thornton, let him down. Thornton, who is holding the closers spot warm for Chris Sale, gave up a walk off 2-run home run to Jhonny Peralta in the 9th.
Thornton is a fine set-up guy, but closing doesn’t appear to be his thing.
With the Blackhawks out of the NHL playoffs, I wonder if Thornton is doing a beardathon by himself. He looks like a mountain man with scruff, and the hair.
Peavy didn’t get his 4th win, but he did get to watch Gordon Beckham bust out.
Beckham went 3-4, including a clutch 2-run home run off former Sox pitcher Octavio Dotel in the 7th inning raising his batting average to a .233.
Maybe Beckham really doesn’t give a s**h anymore. I read an article recently that said Beckham has stopped caring so much. He still wants to be the best, he just doesn’t worry so much about what everyone else thinks. For one night, that script played out to perfection. Good for him.
Here’s an odd stat. In 22 at bats, Brent Lillibridge has 5 hits, and 7 stolen bases. He isn’t getting the same amount of chances that he was last year. The season is long, but I bet he isn’t too happy about that.
I also wonder, with the Sox brass considering changes at 2 infield spots, why Lillibridge’s name is never brought up as a replacement. Betcha he isn’t happy about that either.
It’s possible that Lillibridge could out hit the incumbent at 3rd, Brent Morel, but I doubt if he’ll out field the guy. Morel made a leaping grab tonight, that very few 3rd baseman could make. He is a vacuum at 3rd, lets hope he can start knocking out a few more hits.
Back to the game. Just a tough loss for the Sox, who with a win, would have leap-frogged over the Tigers and into 2nd place in the tight A.L. Central Division.
Not to be, as they now trail the no name Indians by 3 games.