The perfect game had just come to an end for Gavin Floyd, as well as his bid for a no-hitter, on Nick Green’s clean single to center in the sixth after the right-hander retired 17 consecutive Red Sox hitters. But the fun was just beginning for Floyd in this particular moment of Saturday’s 5-1 victory for the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. After setting down Jacoby Ellsbury on a ground ball to second baseman Chris Getz, exiting the sixth with his three-run lead intact, there was Mark Buehrle waiting for Floyd in the White Sox dugout.
“He’s joked around before like, ‘You need to learn how to finish them.’ And I started laughing,” said Floyd of his encounter with the man who hurled the Majors’ 18th perfect game on July 23. “He didn’t say anything. He just looked at me in the dugout, and I go, ‘Oh, Mr. Perfect knows how to finish them.’ “Just giving him a hard time. It was pretty funny. Just a little joke.”
|Chi White Sox
|Floyd, G (W, 11-9)
Floyd has the most innings among the Sox pitching stuff, a 1.21 WHIP, and a 160/56 K/BB ratio. Did anyone expect this when Kenny picked him up from Philly? Not me!
And when Kenny offered a 4-year/$15.5 million extension to Gavin Floyd, John Danks, and Carlos Quentin this spring, only Floyd did accept it!
Peavy was optimistic after today’s side session:
“I’m getting better,” said Peavy. “I’d be lying if I told you I feel completely normal, but nothing crazy. I’m able to get some extension. “Big improvement from the start I tried to make, just because we’ve had time and countless numbers of treatments. Hopefully we’re on the right track now without any setbacks. With as crazy as this has been, who knows? I certainly would love to pitch soon.”
White Sox rookie Gordon Beckham had to leave Saturday’s game in the bottom of the first inning with a sore right side. Beckham said he initially felt discomfort on his last swing during batting practice. “I felt a little twinge in my right side,” he said. “I didn’t think much of it and kind of came in and walked around. I kind of got a little more stiff, a little more stiff. I talked to (trainer) Hermie (Schneider) and went out. “I hit. It felt fine. I threw. It felt fine. And ran, I could feel it when I ran, I could feel it a little bit. I came back in and told him it hurts when I run. I guess Hermie kind of gave me the decision if I wanted to go or not. “I said I wanted to go and when I went out on the field I just kind of felt it even more. It’s like it stiffened up a little more. I don’t think it’s too big of a deal just because we caught it quick. “So hopefully it will be a quick turnaround.”
Beckham won’t be in the lineup tomorrow. Damn…