Danks Leaves Game Early, Bullpen Leads Sox To Victory

Jake Peavy's first career relief appearance helps Sox even series with Nationals.

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Four Sox Pitchers Shut Down Nationals In 3-0 Win

Saturday’s White Sox (38-40) and Nationals (39-38) game started with a worst case scenario for the Sox. With a taxed bullpen after a 14 inning marathon the previous night, the Sox needed starter John Danks to give them at least six or seven innings. Thanks to a strained oblique, Danks wasn’t even able to give them two full innings.

Brian Bruney, Jake Peavy, and Sergio Santos pitched the final seven and a third allowing no runs on just two hits. Peavy was especially dominant. The Sox right hander made his first relief appearance and went four innings allowing just one hit and struckout seven. Peavy improved his record to 4-1 on the season. Sergio Santos pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 15th save of the season.

Tom Gorzelanny was the tough luck loser on Saturday for the Nationals. Gorzelanny went seven innings and allowed just one run while striking out eight White Sox hitters. The Chicago area native fell to 2-6 on the season.

The White Sox will look to win the series Sunday which would be their 18th interleague series win in a row.

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White Sox Look To Rebound After Tough Loss

Most baseball fans probably didn't include the White Sox and Nationals Interleague matchup as a must see series.  If Friday's opener was an indication of things to come, this series could be worth taking a look at. The Nationals took game one of the weekend series Friday in an exciting 14 inning game that featured three comebacks by the White Sox.

The White Sox (37-40) will look to John Danks Saturday in game two of the series. Danks has had a perfect June after a difficult start to the 2011 campaign. The Sox lefty is 3-8 on the season with an ERA of 4.29. One thing the Sox will need from Danks Saturday is a long outing. The entire Sox bullpen was used Friday evening and several of the pitchers went multiple innings.

Taking the ball for the Nationals (39-37) will be Chicago area native Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny has struggled this season with Washington. The lefty comes in with a 2-5 record and an ERA of 4.53 and hasn't won since May 7th.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is sunny skies with temps in the 70's. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 CST. The game can be seen on Fox.

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