Solid Peavy gets support from Cubans

White Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed two runs and two hits in 6 2/3 inning of work on Friday, earning the victory. Jerry Lai/US Presswire

Maybe Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy wasn’t trying to take a subtle jab at former manager Ozzie Guillen, however people listening to Friday’s winning pitcher might have heard it that way.

After the game Peavy praised the Cuban connection of Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo, who helped stop Detroit Tigers rallies with great defensive plays late in the 5-2 win.

“It was a good day for the Cubans,” Peavy said. “We are liking the Cubans on our side of town. These guys were awesome today. The play by Alexei and the play by Dayan saved the game for us. It was a great team effort today.”

Peavy was dominant through six innings, allowing just one hit before giving up a two-run home run to Delmon Young in the seventh. The offense did just enough to support the starter, who won his first game of the season in front of 38,626 happy Sox fans.

Team captain Paul Konerko likes what Peavy has featured so far this spring.

“The thing I notice about him from a hitter’s standpoint is he has a little more jump on his fastball,” Konerko said. “He might not be throwing 95 or 96 mph anymore, but you can get a lot of hitters out in this league with 92 or 93 and nasty breaking stuff like Jake has.”

Viciedo, who struggled through an awful spring on both offense and defense, hit a home run in the fifth inning to break on top in a scoreless game and made a leaping catch with two runners in scoring position to prevent a big inning for the Tigers in the seventh.

“This is something we practiced hard on throughout spring training, working very hard on our defense,” Viciedo said via a team translator . “Between our pitching, defense and offense it is all coming together.”

The White Sox have now won three straight and, more importantly, the wins came against division rivals. The team has not had a winning season in the American League Central since 2008.