CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy’s complete game four-hitter was a wasted effort as the White Sox starter was the hard luck 1-0 loser on Saturday night.
The Red Sox, behind the equally strong pitching of Jon Lester, scored the only run of the game on a Texas-league double by former Chicago outfielder Ryan Sweeney and the Adrian Gonzalez RBI single that followed in the fourth inning.
“It’s unfair to expect him to pitch like that every time out, but he just continues to impress,” manager Robin Ventura said. “The frustrating part is you get a performance like that and don’t take advantage of it.”
Peavy has now thrown back-to-back complete games for the first time in his career. The Red Sox’s run snapped a 17 inning scoreless streak by Peavy.
“It was just a tough loss for us,” said Peavy. “I was pleased by the way I performed, but at the same time, losing is losing. You just don’t want to get beat, but I am giving you all I got and that is a great team across the way, and when Jon Lester puts it all together, he is mighty tough.”
The White Sox squandered some scoring chances, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position . Adam Dunn made a base-running gaffe in the first inning that cost the team a run. Dunn walked with two outs and made the mistake of slowing up going to third on Paul Konerko’s double to left that was juggled by Cody Ross.
“That’s one of those you’re not sure he is still going to make it or not,” Ventura said. “He saw Ross getting in front of it so he (Dunn) didn’t think he was going.”
The White Sox have struggled all season to put up runs with men in scoring position they are just 16 -68 (.235 )in their last 8 games.