Morning Box Score: Peavy Continues to Impress
By Chuck Sudo in News on May 31, 2011 2:42PM
One thing that isn't being discussed at length as the White Sox try to dig themselves out of the hole they put themselves in to start the season is the seemingly complete return to form of Jake Peavy from latissmus dorsi surgery. Peavy improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3.24 ERA after out dueling Boston's Jon Lester at Fenway Park 7-3. Peavy received run support last night. Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Quentin and AJ Pierzynski each drove in two runs and Paul Konerko hit his 11th home run of the season. But Peavy pitched seven innings and so far this season has showed signs of returning to the form that had Kenny Williams dealing for him. Consider that the surgery Peavy underwent was has never been performed on a major athlete, we could be talking about "Jake Peavy surgery" years from now the same way ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction is called "Tommy John surgery" nowadays.
Over at Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Astros took the field in a matchup of the two teams at the bottom of the NL Central. The wind was blowing out, which usually means the Friendly Confines becomes a launching pad, which Houston took full advantage of, slamming four out of the field of starter Rodrigo Lopez in a 12-7 Astros win. Lopez had an early three run lead, courtesy of a two run homere from Carlos Pena, RBIs by Starlin Castro and Blake DeWitt and an Astros error. But he couldn't hold on to the lead.