The Minnesota Twins wasted no time putting the White Sox in a deep hole on Wednesday afternoon, hitting three consecutive doubles against Jake Peavy before Jason Kubel and Luke Hughes hit two-run homers to build a 6-0 lead.
The Sox were looking for a three-game sweep before their important three-game series in Detroit that starts Friday.
They rallied to get within 7-6 and take the game to the last at-bat, but in the end, it was the six-run first that did them in.
Here are Peavy's postgame comments:
On his first-inning issues:
"They were hitting the ball to left field and the ball was traveling to left field pretty well. Obviously I didn't make a lot of good pitches. I don;t know. They got the ball in the air to left field and that's all you needed to do today. You look at balls Jason Kubel hit and that's a home run.
On tough part of his career, 13 months following major surgery to re-attach torn lat:
"It's the toughest part of my career just because I'm not feeling how I always felt. We go out there on some days and have some pretty good stuff. Some days you don't have good enough stuff. i had good enough stuff today to compete. Like I said, that ball to Kubel, he put his head down and was upset at himself. If we get him out right there, I give up two runs in the first and then you strikeout Valencia to end the inning you give up two runs and we have a chance to win the game.''
"I don't know what to say. That first inning was unbelievable.''
On the team still having hope of catching Detroit:
"I don't see much else that we can do other than go in and take two out of three.
"We gotta go in there and win three, that's how I look at it. A month to play, I mean obviously two out of three is going to help. At some point in time, in these next three or when the Tigers come here we have to beat them three games to have a chance to climb back in it.''
"I feel pretty good right now. I have a hard time coming back because I just never know what I'm going to get every five or six days. The next spring training will be 20 months will be past that 18 month period. They told me at that point in time, it's not going to get much better. You are what you are at that point in time.''
Regrets about coming back too soon?
"I don't. I love to compete. Today I competed as hard as I've ever competed. I left everything I have on the field. If I could go back and take one thing away, I probably set myself back with the relief appearance I had and that was all my decision.
"I love to compete. I competed as hard as I could today. A few of those balls on a normal day are not close to being a home run and we win that game. i know that's hard to look and see but that's just the way I look at it. I could have easily tucked my head between my legs after getting booed off the mound in the first and not competed but I can hold my head high walking out of here because I gave everything I had today.''