Jake Peavy’s wild night leaves White Sox out in cold

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As wild as White Sox starter Jake Peavy was Thursday night in a 10-2

loss to the Tampa Bay Rays — and his career-high seven walks will tell

you just how wild that was — his most costly misfire came as a

fielder.

After a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs in the

third inning, Peavy got Rays cleanup hitter Evan Longoria to tap meekly

back to the mound.

A perfect, gift-wrapped double-play ball.

Or so it should have been.

Peavy’s throw to catcher A.J. Pierzynski was low and didn’t

allow him to make a throw to first base after getting the force out at

home plate.

A visibly upset Peavy was unable to keep the lid on the inning

after that, as it spiraled into a nightmarish 42-pitch marathon that

ended up featuring four walks and four Rays runs. His anger was not at

Pierzynski, who did not have a good angle to throw to first, but

instead at himself.

“There’s no way that shouldn’t be a double play,” Peavy said.

“It was a huge momentum swing, the defining moment in tonight’s start.”

The errant throw helped skyrocket his pitch count and erased any chance for a productive outing.

“If I make a better throw home and we get rid of that ball and

turn a double-play to get out of that inning, you’re talking about 20,

30 less pitches I have to throw,” Peavy said. “You get out of there

with one run, still a 2-1 game going into the fifth with 30 less

pitches.”

Early on this season, this type of start is becoming all too

common for Peavy. Only one of the right-hander’s four outings have been

quality and his ERA rose to a bloated 7.66. More alarming is how wild

he’s been.

Peavy now has as many walks (15) as strikeouts.

Interestingly enough, he said after the game that he had made a

dramatic adjustment mechanically and was pleased with the way he was

throwing — just not the results.

“My stuff was as good as it can get, I believe,” said Peavy.

“But obviously location wasn’t there. Walking seven guys is

unacceptable.

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