White Sox 4, Angels 1
After White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen watched Jake Peavy walk
off the mound in agonizing pain, Guillen witnessed a less heralded
reliever go pitch-for-pitch with Angels ace Jered Weaver.
Andruw Jones hit his 399th career home run and the Chicago White
beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 despite losing Peavy in the second
inning because of a back injury.
Alex Rios added a solo homer and drove in two runs for the White
Sox, who are a major league-best 20-5 since June 9 and are a
season-high six games over .500.
With the White Sox leading 1-0 in the second inning with two
outs, Peavy jumped off the mound after throwing an outside fastball
to Mike Napoli. He came off the mound raising his right arm and
walked straight to the dugout with team trainer Herm Schneider
walking beside him.
“Unfortunately we have to wait until tomorrow to see how he
feels. When you take yourself out of the game like that it’s never
anything good. I got to wait to see what the doctors and think then
we will figure what to do. I’m pretty sure right now I think he is
going to be on the DL. I will talk to (general manager) Kenny
(Williams) about it,” said Guillen.
The team called the injury a back strain and said Peavy will
have an MRI on Wednesday. Peavy said he feels pain on the top of
his armpit and said he also experienced discomfort in his last
start at Kansas City on June 30.
“I felt something in my last start. We had something going on,
some bruising in this area after my last start that we saw and
treated. I saw the doctor, and had a little strain in there that we
treated. (I) played a little catch and knew I was going to feel it
tonight and did a little bit. Obviously I did more than feel it on
that one pitch and I knew I was done,” said Peavy.
The White Sox contemplated skipping Peavy’s turn in the rotation
on June 17 at Pittsburgh because of an achy right shoulder, but
after an MRI showed no damage, Peavy insisted on pitching two days
later against Washington. In that game, he tossed a three-hitter
for his fourth career shutout.
“When you throw a pitch and you feel the way I felt during and
after that pitch it’s just something I can’t go on,” Peavy
The former Cy Young winner came into Tuesday’s start with a 7-6
record and 4.70 ERA, but he was 3-1 with a 1.55 ERA in his previous
White Sox reliever Tony Pena (2-1) picked up the win, allowing
only one run on five hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out two and
“Great job. I think Tony is doing a tremendous job,” said
Guillen. “That was the key of the game right there, Tony Pena. We
had a couple of home runs, but I think Tony was the key to win the
J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton each pitched a scoreless inning and
closer Bobby Jenks got his 18th save in 19 opportunities for
Torii Hunter had three singles for the Angels, who have lost
four of five.
The White Sox finally were able to beat Weaver (8-4), who
entered the game 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts.
Weaver was 4-0 with a 0.52 ERA lifetime against the White Sox in
Weaver allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He
struck out six and walked two in his first loss since winning three
I’m not going to lie, I got a little gased out there. I wasn’t
able to make some pitches (later innings). Towards the end I got a
little tired, but no excuses you still have to make your pitches
and those guys put some at-bats together and hit a couple out of
the park,” Weaver said.
After getting buzzed by Weaver on a 0-2 pitch near his head in
the fourth inning, Rios homered off Weaver in the sixth to break a
“I was trying to go up. I consider myself to have some pretty
good control. It was just one of those ones that got away and went
up towards his head. You never like to do that to anybody and I
just said hey (as Rios ran past him towards the Sox dugout after
flying out in the fourth), said sorry to him. He paid me back,”
In the seventh, Jones tagged Weaver for his 11th homer of the
season. He broke an 0-for-17 slump with his first homer since June
3 against Texas. Dayan Viciedo followed with a single and Brent
Lilibridge chased Weaver with a double, moving Viciedo to third.
Juan Pierre followed with an RBI infield single off reliever Kevin
Jepsen that Napoli wasn’t able to handle.
Pierre doubled in the first inning and stole third and scored on
Rios’ fly out.
The White Sox stayed one game behind first-place Detroit in the
Pena allowed a leadoff single to Hunter in the fourth inning and
walked Hideki Matsui. Napoli followed with a RBI single. With
runners on first and third with one out, Rivera was caught
stealing, he was eventually tagged out in a rundown. Matsui, who
was at third, never broke for home and was stranded after Kevin
Frandsen flied out.
The game started after a 1-hour, 41-minute rain delay.
Notes: Angels INF Maicer Izturis, who has been on the DL since
June 16 with a strained right forearm, will start swinging the bat
Wednesday, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. … White Sox
RF Carlos Quentin missed the game with a sore left knee. He is