The White Sox came into St Louis off a disappointing homestand hoping to continue their road dominance. It didn’t happen.
After carrying the team in the April, the pitching has been dead weight the last month. Jose Quintana and Jake Peavy to change that, but Gavin Floyd’s struggles continue on. Quintana made another plea to keep his starting job once John Danks is back, battling through 5.1 innings. Despite giving up 10 hits in his 5+ innings, the young lefty held the Cards to one run while the Sox bats broke out in the 8th inning to secure the win.
Jake Peavy would make one mistake in Game two, but that was all Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn would need. Carlos Beltran jacked a solo shot and had three of the Cards’ four hits in the 1-0 win. That was the ultimate hard luck loss for Peavy who was dominant against everyone not named Beltran. Peavy still leads the American League with a 1.67 road ERA and had won six in a row dating back to last August. Lynn was the better man however, he struck out 12 and pitched out of his only jam. Alex Rios led off with a triple and Lynn left him stranded to stifle the only Sox rally.
In the rubber match, Floyd was bad again. He entered the game with a 10.52 ERA over his last five starts and it didn’t get any better Thursday night. Floyd couldn’t make it out of the fifth after walking four while giving up five runs. The Sox bats couldn’t get going until it was too late as Jake Westbrook retired the first 12 he saw. Adam Dunn made it interesting with his 22nd home run in the 6th to make it 5-3, but that was all the palehose could muster. It was the first time in 12 tries, the Sox lost an interleague series on the road.
Floyd is lucky Phil Humber is pitching just as bad or Ventura would have an easy decision to send him to the pen once Danks is ready to go. That may be a bit longer however, as Danks told reporters before Thursday’s game he was battling shoulder soreness after his rehab start. A bullpen session on Friday should give better information on when the veteran lefty is due to come back.
When he does, Robin Ventura has one of his toughest calls in his rookie campaign. Who does Quinatana knock out of the rotation? Humber or Floyd? He has to hope one of them eventually finds it again, but for now one of them has lost his starting gig when Danks returns.
Jake Peavy: 7 innings 1 run 6 K’s
Adam Dunn 2-8 with 2 home runs
A.J Pierzynski 4-11 with a home run
Gavin Floyd 4.2 innings 5 runs
Alexei Ramirez 0-10
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