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Peavy and Konerko lead White Sox to 3-1 victory

Peavy and Konerko lead White Sox to 3-1 victory
April 14, 2013
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 Cleveland, Ohio — Chicago starter Jake Peavy kept the Cleveland bats quiet for seven innings and Paul Konerko hit a two-run home run off Brett Myers as the White Sox beat the Indians 3-1 in the Sunday finale of a three-game series.  

Peavy (2-1, 3.93) looked like he might run into trouble after center fielder Michael Bourn hit his first pitch of the game into the visitor's bullpen, putting the Indians up 1-0. It was the sixth time in Bourn's career that he led off a game with a homer and his second big fly of the season. No Indians player had hit the first pitch for a home run at Progressive Field since Matt Lawton did so on May 6, 2004 against Pedro Martinez.
 
For the next 103 pitches, Peavy was lights out. Over seven innings, he allowed one run on just five hits while striking out 11 batters. Of his 104 pitches, 75 were strikes (72%).
 
"He controls the running game, he holds the ball and is quick when he needs to be," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "Bourn kind of ambushed him on the first pitch of the game and after that we didn't have very many opportunities to score."
 
Myers (0-2, 8.82) turned in the third-straight quality start for the Indians, but worked around trouble all afternoon. After retiring the side in order in the first two innings, Myers allowed at least one base runner in the next four innings. In the sixth, the leadoff runner reached on an error by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play. Myers walked Adam Dunn and then gave up a two-run dinger to Konerko to put the White Sox up 2-1.
 
Myers finished the afternoon allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four.
 
"He threw the ball really well," said Francona. "That's the guy you're looking for — pitch to contact, spot the fastball.
 
"It's easy to tell somebody to have confidence, but once you do it and you feel good about yourself, the idea then is to grow off of that."
 
Bryan Shaw followed Myers with a quiet seventh inning that included two strikeouts. Vinnie Pestano struggled in the eighth, however, allowing a leadoff homer to Alejandro De Aza. It was De Aza's third long ball of the season and his second of the series. Chris Perez retired the side in order in the ninth and recorded one strikeout.
 
Matt Thornton pitched the eighth for the White Sox and allowed one hit while striking out one. Addison Reed worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season.
 
After scoring nine runs on Saturday, the Tribe lineup mustered just one run for the third time in four games. Four Indians batters had at least two strikeouts. After Bourn's home run, no baserunner reached second base until Carlos Santana did so on defensive indifference in the ninth.
 
Following an off day Monday, Cleveland will continue their homestand against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Ubaldo Jiminez (0-1, 6.97) will take the mound for the Indians against Felix Doubront (0-0, 5.40) for the Red Sox.
 
Notes: Michael Bourn left the game in the bottom of the eighth after sliding headfirst for an infield single. His right index finger was lacerated by a cleat and required stitches. … Carlos Santana pinch hit for Drew Stubbs in the bottom of the ninth after missing the last three games with a thumb injury.

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

 

Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English.  He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall.  Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.

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