Yes, he was facing the worst team in the major leagues. But it was still an impressive outing.
Jake Peavy pitched all nine innings Saturday in Chicago’s 2-1 victory over the Marlins, fanning five batters and allowing only six hits in his second consecutive 117-pitch start. It was his 14th career complete game, and he nearly made it his seventh career shutout but Miami’s Derek Dietrich belted a solo home run with one out in the top of the ninth.
Peavy didn’t really test the free agent market this offseason because of his extensive injury history, opting instead to sign a two-year, $29 million contract with the White Sox at the end of October.
That’s looking like a team-friendly deal thus far given that Peavy boasts a 2.97 ERA and 1.04 WHIP through nine starts this season. He has racked up 63 strikeouts and issued only 15 walks in 60 2/3 innings.
The White Sox are 6-3 in games started by Peavy. They’re 17-21 in games started by anyone else.
You may recall that, back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fight with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista slid late into second base, with which Odor took issue, so he punched Bautista in the face. That earned him a seven-game suspension.
With one out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Indians, Odor reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Odor slid hard into Jason Kipnis covering second base.
Kipnis, hearkening back to the Bautista fight, backed up as if he were afraid Odor would punch him. Odor got a good chuckle out of it, but it was the Rangers’ bench which perhaps enjoyed the joke most. The Rangers’ broadcast showing Adrian Beltre cracking up and telling his other teammates what had happened.
Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez made his debut with his new team on Thursday night after a brief stint with Triple-A Round Rock. He started in left field and was inserted into the number eight spot in the Rangers’ batting order.
The Rangers made two quick outs in the bottom of the second inning, with Adrian Beltre grounding out and Rougned Odor striking out. But the inning was kept alive as Jonathan Lucroy singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and then Mitch Moreland walked to bring up Gomez.
Gomez took a first-pitch cutter from Josh Tomlin for a ball, then jumped on another cut fastball, drilling it for a no-doubt three-run home run into the seats in left field at Globe Life Park in Arlington (#29 out of 30 in Craig’s ballpark name rankings).
Here’s the video.