Fitting ending for Jake Peavy
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com October 2, 2012 10:30PM
Chicago White Sox's Dayan Viciedo, right, is congratulated by Jose Lopez after Viciedo hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Cleveland. Lopez scored on the homer. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
SOX AT INDIANS
The facts: 6:05 p.m., CSN,
The starters: Gavin Floyd (11-11, 4.47 ERA) vs. David Huff (3-0, 2.86).
Updated: November 4, 2012 6:25AM
CLEVELAND — Jake Peavy wanted to finish what he started, so he tried to grind out one last inning in what was probably his last start with the White Sox.
It wasn’t meant to be.
Peavy reached the 219-inning mark but couldn’t finish the 220th that would have given him a win when Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer against him in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The Indians went on to win 4-3 in 12.
“Fitting, considering the way the year has gone,’’ Peavy said.
After holding the Indians to one run and one hit through eight innings — a homer by Shin-Soo Choo in the fourth — the Sox’ Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer off Chris Perez to give Peavy a 3-1 lead in the ninth.
After giving up a “cue shot” single to Michael Brantley, Hafner’s homer grazed the outside of the right-field foul pole.
“Needed to catch a break but couldn’t catch one,’’ Peavy said. “It couldn’t hook a little more.’’
Peavy finished with an 11-12 record and 3.37 ERA. Manager Robin Ventura said Peavy “earned” the right to finish, even with his pitch count at 104.
“You want to start what you finish,’’ Peavy said.
With Opening Day starter John Danks returning after surgery for 2013, the rotation could have four lefties [Danks, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago] barring a trade. That’s a lot of lefties.
“Listen, if they are good, they are good pitchers,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said. “I don’t look at that as saying we can’t do that. They are different guys, different styles, too, a little bit. … Santiago with his screwball is a different style than the other guys.’’
Cooper on the performance of his staff, which used rookies Quintana, Santiago, Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Dylan Axelrod and Brian Omogrosso in significant to fairly significant roles while relying on the 23-year-old Sale as the ace in his first season as a starter: “We didn’t get where we wanted to go, and that’s a disappointment, no question. But I’m not so sure we didn’t get everything out of the guys as best we could out of them.’’
Career year for Rios
Paul Konerko, Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham sat out the game after the Sox were eliminated. Rios, who had played in 50 straight games, will probably sit out Wednesday’s last game of the season, Ventura said, and would finish with a .304 average, 25 homers and 91 RBI, all career highs.
Konerko’s MVP vote
While Rios is probably the Sox’ MVP, Konerko endorsed the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP. The award has been the subject of heated debate, with Cabrera contending for the Triple Crown and the Angels’ Mike Trout posting huge numbers in numerous categories.
“He’s the best in the world right now,’’ Konerko said of Cabrera.