Floyd rights the ship as Sox avoid sweep


Floyd rights the ship as Sox avoid sweep

Facing the possibility of being swept for the first time this season, Gavin Floyd, who owned a 10.38 ERA in his previous six starts, threw 6 13 shutout innings to help lead the White Sox to a 7-0 win over the Cubs Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox salvaged a win in the second leg of the BP Crosstown Cup, but still have lost their last five series.

Floyd's rebound start game at the right time for both him and the White Sox. Not only did the team stay a half-game behind Cleveland, which beat Cincinnati 8-1, but Floyd put together his first quality start in over a month. Before the game, manager Robin Ventura intimated that Floyd's struggles were mainly mental.

"Frustrating is just one of those words that's thrown around, but he's the one that has to go through it," Ventura said. "As a team I think that's part of him pitching, is the pressures of not letting people down and things like that. Those are probably bigger than just the frustrations, is he's trying to do a lot and he just needs to be himself."

That last quality start Floyd threw was on May 11, and since then he allowed at least one home run in every one of his next six starts until Wednesday.

Floyd didn't suffer the same fate Jake Peavy did last night and last week in St. Louis, or the team did Sunday in Los Angeles -- all well-pitched games the White Sox lost. RBI singles by Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko pushed home a pair of runs in the third, and Gordon Beckham added four RBIs, three on a sixth-inning home run, to pace the Sox offense.

Preview: Mark Buehrle Day on CSN

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White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

A day after having quite the offensive party, the White Sox didn’t save any production for Friday.

The White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics in their series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of 25,370 fans.

After recording 18 hits in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox were held to just seven on Friday, but it felt like fewer. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Pelfrey, who fell to 3-6 on the season, took a step back after delivering a strong performance in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old struggled with his command against the A’s all night. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and issued five walks. Pelfrey also allowed all three runs on four hits and two homers.

The A’s got on the board early with a two-run shot to center field by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Pelfrey allowed another homer, a solo shot, to Matt Joyce to make it 3-0.

The White Sox bullpen staved off any further production and combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings between four relievers. But they weren’t able to generate any of their own.

Not even ejections from Tim Anderson and Rick Renteria could spark a cold offense.

The White Sox best chance came in the bottom of the ninth, where Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu opened with back-to-back singles. After an Avisail Garcia flyout, Todd Frazier popped one over A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, but Abreu was thrown out at second. Matt Davidson flew out to center field at the warning track to end the game.

Friday marked the start of a season-long 10-game homestand, somewhere the White Sox were happy to be after playing 15 of their last 19 on the road.