Another Big One Tonight
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Big Night For Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy returned to the mound at U.S. Cellular Field and left with an exclamation mark last night, tossing a complete-game shutout as the White Sox beat the Indians, 1-0, in the first game of a key two-game American League Central matchup.
According to John Lombombarda at Elias Sports Bureau, you have to go back in time a bit to find another Sox pitcher as good as Peavy last night:
“Jake Peavy threw a three-hit shutout without allowing a walk and striking out eight batters Wednesday night. The last Chisox pitcher to have such a game, that is, a complete-game shutout, while allowing three or fewer hits, no walks with at least eight strikeouts was rookie Melido Perez at Kansas City on the next to last day of the season in 1988. Perez blanked the Royals on two hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.”
Key to preserving the shutout was an amazing catch (yet again) by center fielder Brent Lillibridge. Watch it here:
Manager Ozzie Guillen was glowing in his postgame comments about Jake.
“All of his pitches were working,” Guillen said. “That’s fun to watch. That’s the type of baseball I love and would pay to see.
“It’s great to see a guy perform like that. Everybody was excited in the clubhouse. Everyone respects how hard this guy worked to get to this point.”
The White Sox had flipped Phil Humber and Gavin Floyd (Floyd goes tonight now) in the rotation, in part, so that Humber could be available in case Peavy ran into trouble or tired.
Jake made sure the bullpen wasn’t needed.
Fans may not have noticed but last night Omar Vizquel became the second oldest player to play shortstop in a Major League game. He trails only Bobby Wallace of the St. Louis Browns, who played short in 1918.