Jake Peavy not only came out of his White Sox debut healthy — he picked up the victory in a 13-3 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals.
Take notes, John Danks, because here’s a guy who knows how to win.
Even better — Tyler Flowers contributed to the cause as well. He drew his first major-league walk, singled through the left side for his first major-league hit, then came around to score his first major-league run.
It’s worth stating that he also blew his first major-league bunt attempt. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Flowers fouled off two awkward attempts, then struck out to help stifle a burgeoning rally.
Hopefully, it comes out as nobody’s fault. Flowers probably hasn’t been asked to bunt much in Birmingham or Charlotte, and Ozzie Guillen has never seen him try to execute one in a game situation, so hopefully it’s water under a bridge, Flowers will work harder at it until he becomes a proven major-league hitter, and Guillen doesn’t ask him to do it again anytime soon.
Weird as it seems, the Sox are still only 5 1/2 games out of first place, and 3 1/2 behind the Twins. If the Sox win and the Twins lose tomorrow, the Sox are technically in control of their destiny. Sure, they have to play nearly perfect ball in order to take advantage of that fact, but it’s also worth stating, nevertheless.