The return of Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy to U.S. Cellular Field for a three-game series against his former team was the big news before Tuesday evening’s White Sox game.
White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson did his best to steal some of that spotlight.
The White Sox capitalized on Johnson’s best start of the season to pull off a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox in the ninth inning. Alexei Ramirez scored the winner from second when Marcus Semien reached first on a throwing error by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
White Sox slugger Adam Dunn welcomed Peavy back to Chicago by hitting a solo home run to right field.
Dunn’s third home run of the season gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead over the defending World Series champions in the second inning. Peavy pitched for the White Sox from 2009 until he was traded in the middle of last summer in a three-team deal to acquire right fielder Avisail Garcia.
That was the only run Peavy allowed in six innings. He gave up three hits, walked four and struck out eight.
Red Sox right fielder Daniel Nava evened the score at 1-1 in the fourth inning off White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson. Nava’s solo home run with two outs went about 414 feet into the right-field stands.
Peavy entered Tuesday with a 2.13 ERA and two no decisions this season, and Johnson was 0-1 with a 9.58 ERA this season.
“There’s probably some advantage (Peavy) has with some of our guys, but with the new guys it’s different,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s probably also going to see some different at-bats out of guys he’s used to seeing some other ways. I think there have probably been subtle changes that have happened for guys that he might not be used to seeing. But that’s just part of adjustments, and he’s always been a guy to make adjustments. We’re going to have to adjust with him.”
Peavy returned with another former White Sox player in the first game of a three-game series.
Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who played for the White Sox from 2005-2012, cautioned before the game that it is very early in the baseball season, but then said he has seen some spark in the retooled offense of his former White Sox team.
“I know they are swinging the bat really well,” Pierzynski said of the White Sox, who had scored a major-league best 80 runs heading into Tuesday’s game. “They are scoring a bunch of runs, and they have some energy. I know last year playing against these guys there wasn’t a whole lot of energy. They’ve kind of turned it around, and I know that they’ve swung the bat great. They have been off to a good start.”
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton led off, followed by second baseman Marcus Semien, third baseman Conor Gillaspie, first baseman Jose Abreu, designated hitter Adam Dunn, right fielder Dayan Viciedo, left fielder Alejandro De Aza, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and catcher Tyler Flowers.