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||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Floyd, G (W, 11-9)||8.0||3||1||1||0||11||1||3.84|
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!