CHICAGO -- Gavin Floyd said he felt good. The results would suggest otherwise.
The Chicago White Sox starter had his third straight rocky outing despite earning the win in Sunday’s 12-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Floyd struggled with his control, hitting three batters and giving up five runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings of work.
Manager Robin Ventura thought Floyd struggled with his curveball, a sentiment that Floyd did not share.
“I felt really good with it, actually,” Floyd said. “I was trying to throw it in the dirt. It might have gone more towards the batter than I anticipated. I hit Lou (Marson), I was just trying to throw it in the strike zone and it got away from me. I felt really good with everything. But hitting guys, obviously, you don’t want to put base runners on. I felt good. You try to battle out there and keep us in the game. The offense definitely came out and put us ahead.”
Floyd worked with a lead from the start after the Sox got off to a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound. But he ran into trouble in the second inning, allowing a homer, a single and hitting a batter against the bottom of Cleveland’s lineup. Floyd said that watching Paul Konerko hit a three-run home run in the fourth pumped him up, and he followed that with his only 1-2-3 inning of the game before being pulled in the top of the sixth.
“Even shorthanded they were battling tough today,” Ventura said. “He just didn’t have a handle on his off-speed pitch.”
Floyd has allowed 21 runs on 28 hits in 14 2/3 innings over his last three starts.
Speaking of Konerko, the captain’s fourth-inning bomb to left was No. 400 as a member of the White Sox and also tied Duke Snider for 47th place on MLB’s all-time list (407). Konerko said this homer meant something special to him.
“That one does, just from the longevity standpoint of being here,” he said. “I’m proud of that one fact of just being here as long as I have. It’s probably the thing I’m proud of most -- more than any numbers. In today’s game it takes a pretty good effort on both sides to make that happen so I think that I’m proud of that because I wanted that to happen and I respect the fact they wanted it to happen on the other side. It’s cool, but it’s one of those things you look back on when you are done and I’ll enjoy it more then. We are in the middle of the grind now.”