White Sox walk off with another win behind Jake Peavy
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 25, 2013 9:13PM
Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: June 28, 2013 6:33AM
Right-hander Jake Peavy admitted he wasn’t sure what he was feeling in the ninth inning Saturday as he watched his lead disappear on one swing by Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich.
Dietrich’s third homer of the season made it a new game with two outs to go, and even after Peavy struck out Marcell Ozuna, he was thinking about the homer.
‘‘I kept thinking that should have been the third out,’’ he said.
A walk and a balk followed before Peavy retired the side.
Dewayne Wise (double) and Conor Gillaspie (RBI single) answered, though, for a 2-1 walk-off victory.
‘‘I’m excited we found a way to win because that would have been a tough one to lose,’’ said Peavy, who improved to 6-2 with his 14th career complete game and seventh with the Sox.
The victory was the eighth in the last 11 games for the Sox (23-24).
‘‘I’m so happy we got the win and that he got it, too,’’ catcher Hector Gimenez said.
‘‘I had to make sure to remind him that he still needed to get the side out. We were having a tough time with signs throughout the game, and that’s what caused him to balk.’’
Peavy blamed himself for not executing the backdoor breaking ball he had retired Dietrich on earlier.
‘‘We always talk about keeping our composure, but I didn’t there,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘And we were having a hard time with the signs all night.
‘‘I had to tell him a couple of times that my eyes aren’t that good anymore.’’
But manager Robin Ventura knew Peavy was good enough to stay in.
He checked with Peavy in the ninth, though it was as much to give him a brief breather.
‘‘The ball was still coming out of his hand good,’’ Ventura said.
‘‘You like seeing him go back out there. I was just checking to see how he was. I trusted him in that spot.’’
In an interleague game, Peavy is about as trustworthy as a pitcher can be.
He improved to 15-11 in interleague games with a 2.49 ERA.
Peavy gave up only six hits and struck out five.
And if age caused him some eye problems with signs, experience came to his aid against the young Marlins.
‘‘You come up with a game plan and take it out against their youth, but talent is talent,’’ Peavy said.
‘‘I look at the games they’ve played, and they’re in every one, and they have good starting pitching. I was impressed with the lineup I saw.
‘‘I didn’t feel my best out there tonight, but I had enough to get through and help us win.’’
The game saw Alex Rios’ career-high 18-game hitting streak end. The Sox had eight hits off starter Ricky Nolasco and only one extra-base hit, Alexei Ramirez’s double in the third that scored the first run.
The winning run in the ninth came after Wise had entered as a defensive replacement in center field in the top of the inning.
He doubled off Ryan Webb (1-3) and was waved home on Gillaspie’s single to short left field.
‘‘I kind of hesitated a little coming around, but [third-base coach Joe McEwing] was waving me in,’’ said Wise, who beat Juan Pierre’s throw.