Peavy gave up two runs in the first two innings, but settled down and left the game up 7-2 after seven innings. Unfortunately, the White Sox bullpen gave up six ninth-inning runs to turn what should have been win number 10 into another no decision despite Chicago rallying to beat the Mariners 9-8.
For Peavy, it was yet another way of being robbed of a rightfully-earned win. That's just the way his luck has run this summer.
Peavy's 9-9 record on the season is no better than rotation mate Gavin Floyd. Peavy has not had a large margin of error due to the run support his offense has provided. He has been anything but a .500 pitcher although the record does not reflect this.
In eight of Peavy's victories, the 31-year-old veteran has held the opposition to two runs or less. Peavy benefited from a 14-run explosion by the White Sox while allowing seven earned runs in a May 26 start against Cleveland, but here are his runs allowed in his other wins: two runs, then one, a shutout, one, zero, one, one and one.
That's seven runs in 63.2 innings, good for an ERA of 1.00.
Peavy's first loss of the season was a complete-game gem back on April 28 in which he lost 1-0 to the Red Sox. He has lost two other starts in which he allowed a single run.
Nineteen of Peavy's 25 outings this season have been quality starts. He has lost five of those games, with another six going into the books as no decisions.
For the most part, Peavy has thrown deep into games and given his team a chance to win. He leads the White Sox with 175 innings pitched and has three complete games. Peavy has not failed to go at least five innings this season and has now gone seven or more on 14 occasions.
At this rate, Peavy could challenge his career high of 223.1 innings in 2007, when all he did was win the NL Cy Young award. Assuming he keeps taking the ball every fifth day, he is certainly on pace to eclipse the 200-inning mark. He reached that plateau three times in his heyday with San Diego.
For some perspective, keep in mind that Peavy threw 238.2 innings combined from his arrival in Chicago through last season. If he continues to throw deep into games in what would appear to be eight more starting nods in the final weeks, he could approach that three-and-a-half year total in the 2012 season alone.
Peavy improved his ERA to 3.00 Friday and certainly deserved to notch the win. Once again, it just wasn't meant to be.
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