White Sox’ De Aza peeved after getting plunked
With their 7-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox' streak of not being swept this season remains intact.
The Sox are happy about that, but leadoff man Alejandro De Aza was still steaming well after the game ended.
In the ninth inning, Cubs reliever Manny Corpas drilled De Aza in the buttocks, and the pitch sure seemed to have intent.
According to De Aza, who said he is friends with Corpas, there was no question.
"Yes, I do think I got hit on purpose," De Aza said.
"I didn't give them a reason to do that," the White Sox' center fielder said. "And I just got hit and I just thought about it and went to first. We're friends. I've known him for a long time.
"I was surprised. At the same time, mad. I think they just told him to hit the first guy."
Maybe De Aza paid the price for Jake Peavy saying: "I don't mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we've got to beat those teams" after Tuesday night's 2-1 loss.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he didn't understand the question when asked about Corpas drilling De Aza.
Floyd steps up:
There was a Gavin Floyd sighting Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
In the White Sox' doghouse while going 1-4 with a 10.38 ERA over his last 6 starts, Floyd was finally able to figure it out in the White Sox' 7-0 interleague win over the Cubs.
Floyd pitched 6 innings and allowed just 4 hits while winning for the first time since May 27, when he gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings.
"It was frustrating, but at the same time I felt like God gave me a peace about it," Floyd said of the rough stretch. "I knew that things were going to work out. Just keep on working hard, keep being diligent about that. Try to keep things the same and keep on pressing."
Floyd had his good curveball going against the Cubs, a sure sign he was back on his game.
"He's had some good starts before and as the game has gone on, it's kind of changed," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "But as the game went it actually got better and better. It was good to see. He threw a lot of good pitches tonight. It's encouraging and it's definitely a step in the right direction."
Big night for Beckham:
Gordon Beckham gave starter Gavin Floyd plenty of run support with an RBI single in the fourth inning and a 3-run homer in the sixth.
"I don't think that (homer) put the game away," Beckham said after matching his career high for RBI. "The Cubs have been playing really well, they've shown it the last couple days. It puts some distance between us, which was good, but that's all it was. We still had three innings left. By far it wasn't the end of the game."
The win kept the Sox a half-game behind the Indians in the AL Central.
"Today was good," Beckham said. "We needed that. We've been doing a good job of not getting swept. That's the first time I think we've had to win on the third day to not do that.
"But we're playing hard, we're doing the right things, it's just it's coming a little harder the last week and a half. We just have to keep working hard and hope that it's enough. There's nothing else we can do."
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