Jake Peavy was excellent tonight. But Lance Lynn was better. Peavy went 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6. His only blemish was a solo home run by NL home run leader Carlos Beltran with 2 outs in the 3rd inning. Lynn, however, had no blemishes.
The Cardinals right-hander went 7.1 innings, giving up just 3 hits and walking 1 (intentionally), while striking out 12 White Sox hitters. The White Sox threatened in the 5th when Alex Rios led off the inning with a triple. But Lynn struck out A.J Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez, meaning that Orlando Hudson came to bat with Peavy in the on-deck circle. Lynn intentionally walked Hudson and struck out Peavy. In the 8th, Marc Rzepczynski came on to pitch to Adam Dunn when he pinch-hit for Peavy with Hudson on first base. Last night, Dunn hit a towering home run off Rzepczynski. Tonight, Rzepczynski won the battle by inducing an inning ending double play to end another White Sox threat.
The White Sox threatened again in the 9th against Cardinals closer Jason Motte. Alejandro De Aza singled and Gordon Beckham sacrificed him to second base. Dayan Viciedo put runners at the corners with an infield single. But Paul Konerko hit into a game-ending double play.Bullets:
- Peavy's performance was all the more impressive because he's ill with the flu.
- De Aza was the only White Sox to get two hits, going 2-4.
- Ramirez struck out in all three of his plate appearances.
- Dunn was a late scratch from the starting lineup with a slight right ankle sprain. Considering he pinch-hit, the "slight" should be stressed and it's possible that if the game were in an American League park he would have still started.
- The White Sox go for the series win tomorrow night. Gavin Floyd will start against Jake Westbrook.
Record: 34-28 | Box
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