Wind didn’t blow Peavy’s way in four-inning performance
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 30, 2013 9:42PM
Travis Wood, Jake Peavy
SOX AT A’S
The facts: 9:07 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Dylan Axelrod (3-3, 4.21 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (5-2, 3.82).
THE REST OF THE SERIES
Saturday: 3:07 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.75) vs. Dan Straily (3-2, 5.08).
Sunday: 3:07 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.53) vs. Jarrod Parker (3-6, 5.40).
Updated: May 31, 2013 8:56PM
Jake Peavy said he felt strong despite lasting a season-low four innings and getting belted around for six runs. The worst of it was a grand slam by Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, who’s a good hitter.
Peavy had thrown 117 pitches in each of his last two outings and topped 100 in all of his starts, but he suggested a gusty wind blowing out was a bigger factor than his recent workload.
“No, I felt good,’’ Peavy said. “I had plenty in the tank. That game could have easily looked different, I promise you that.’’
Manager Robin Ventura lifted Peavy for a pinch hitter after 69 pitches, not to keep him fresh but because Peavy was due to lead off the fifth with the Sox trailing 6-1.
“It was an ugly inning; he gives up a home run to the pitcher,’’ Ventura said. “You play the National League game, and you give up runs like that you don’t normally do, you’ve got to make a move and try to get some offense in there. It wasn’t one of his better ones. Just a tough day.’’
Eyebrows were raised when Adam Dunn returned to the lineup the day after he left a game with back spasms in Anaheim 13 days ago. Even Dunn said he had to guard against being “Tommy Tough Guy” and playing too soon. In a hot streak at the time, Dunn is 2-for-31 since and is just getting over the back soreness now.
“I probably would not have played the next day or two if I had to do it all over again,’’ Dunn said Thursday. “It feels OK now, so it’s time to get the bat going.’’
Dunn didn’t start Thursday because of the no-DH at Wrigley. He said he feels better, and the day off should help him get back to 100 percent.
“I’m not seeing the ball like I normally do,’’ he said. “I’m swinging at pitches that I normally take. When I do that, bad things happen.’’
This and that
Paul Konerko was 2-for-4 with two RBI and is 9-for-22 in his last six games.
† Leadoff man Alejandro De Aza, who could get moved down if he doesn’t produce, seemed to react to the message from Ventura by reaching base four times with two hits and two walks. He was thrown out trying to stretch a single, however.
◆ Gordon Beckham’s impending return, probably next Thursday, won’t cause third baseman Conor Gillaspie to miss much time, Ventura said.
◆ Broadcaster Ken Harrelson missed his second straight game with a throat ailment.
◆ The last word from Ventura: “Anytime you have three games like this at any point, it’s discouraging. You’ve got to regroup and go. We’ve shown that we can play a lot better than this, and you’re going to have to prove it again.’’