Singles scene not kind to Gavin Floyd


In losing to the Tigers on Thursday, Gavin Floyd became the first pitcher since James Baldwin in 2001 to allow 13 singles and no extra-base hits in a game.
Floyd pitched six-plus innings versus the Tigers, giving up six runs, five of them earned. He walked Austin Jackson to open the bottom of the first, but each of the following 13 batters to reach against him did so on singles. He gave up two in the first, two in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.
Floyd bounced back from there to pitch perfect fifth and sixth innings, but he allowed two straight singles to start the seventh before being replaced by Matt Thornton. One of those runners came around to score, and the White Sox ended up losing 6-3.
Floyd became the fourth pitcher since 2000 to allow 13 singles in a game. The last was Homer Bailey on July 26, 2008. Bailey gave up 14 singles and a double over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rockies that day. Before that, Barry Zito surrendered 13 singles and two doubles in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on July 8, 2003.
The last pitcher to duplicate Floyd’s feat, though, was Baldwin. On Aug. 29, 2001, the then Dodgers right-hander allowed 13 singles and no extra-base hits over five innings in a loss to the Rockies.
Giving up a lot of singles is nothing new for Floyd. He’s become more of a groundball pitcher, so he’s had five starts this year in which he’s allowed at least 10 hits. Among pitchers qualifying for the ERA title, Floyd ranks 12th with 74 percent of his hits allowed going for singles. Topping that list is Jaime Garcia at 79 percent.