I have to admit that my blood pressure reached scary levels after the first inning last night as Jake Peavy was the victim of a three-run Royal splurge that included a walk and a hit batsman. All I could think about was losing back-to-back games to the Royals and losing the opportunity to gain on the Twins, who lost earlier in the day to the Yanks.
But the South Siders showed some grit and overcame a 4-1 with a four-run seventh to win 5-4. Aside from the rare comeback itself, there were some positive signs. Among them:
–The way that Peavy rebounded after the shaky start. After giving up four runs through three innings, he pitched scoreless ball into the ninth for this third victory of the season.
—Juan Pierre collected a pair of hits and raised his average to .254. Not exactly on par with Rod Carew, but we’ll take it after Juan’s subpar start.
—Alexei Ramirez (above) was 3 for 4 with an RBI, upping his average to .231. Puny, but improving.
—Ramon Castro got his first hit of the season and drove in a pair of runs in the pivotal seventh inning.
—Matt Thornton got the save after relieving Peavy with one out in the ninth.
Now the hard part–winning today to capture the series.