The Chicago White Sox are seeing the positive in Gavin Floyd's return from the disabled list: although he didn't make it out of the fifth inning and gave up three runs, taking the loss, Floyd and his teammates noted how well the starter pitched in his first four scoreless innings.
Floyd struck out seven and only gave up two hits over the course of his first four innings before giving up a pair of hits and a walk while only recording two outs in the fifth inning. Hector Santiago allowed a third run to score on a single, credited to Floyd, but Floyd's outing was still impressive.
"He looked great for four innings," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "That was as good as I have seen him in a long time. He looked strong, he was really aggressive. He had all his pitches going and I really thought it was going to be a good night for him.
"It’s a shame because he was throwing the ball really well for four innings and in the fifth something happened, I wish I knew what it was," he added.
Floyd's return provides a boost for a team looking to hold on to a one-game lead in the AL Central. If he can expand his stamina to allow him to pitch consistently for five and more innings, he goes back to being a useful starter for the Sox.