Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Nationals were shut out 3-0 one day after putting nine on the board against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox starting pitcher John Denks only made it 1 and 2/3rds of an inning before leaving with an oblique injury. Brian Bruney and Jake Peavy, who made his first MLB relief appearance in his career, combined for 6 and 1/3rd shutout ball while only giving up two hits and striking out nine.
For the Nationals Tom Gorzelanny went seven innings of one run ball, giving up seven hits and striking out eight in the loss. Gorzelanny is now 2-6 on the season. The lone White Sox run against Gorzelanny was in the first when Carlos Quintin hit a sac fly scoring Brent Lillibridge. Henry Rodriguez came on in relief the eighth, only lasted for one out and gave up two runs on three hits to put it out of reach for the Nationals.
Sergio Santos came in for the White Sox in the ninth and got his 15th save of the season while striking out two. The Nationals only managed two hits and struck out thirteen times. Ryan Zimmerman was the first player this season to strike out in his first three at-bats from three different pitchers. Ian Desmond and Roger Bernadina were the only Nationals to get hits today. All of the Chicago White Sox ten hits were singles.
John McLaren is now 1-1 as interim manager for the Nationals. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said during the game broadcast that they have agreed to terms with Davey Johnson. Johnson is expected to take over sometime this weekend.
The Nationals (39-38), winners of 12 of their last 14, take on the White Sox in the rubber match at 2:10 pm eastern Sunday which you can hear on 106.7 The FAN. Livan Hernandez (4-8. 3.97 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Nats against the White Sox Philip Humber (7-3, 2.90 ERA).