Multiple streaks ended at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday. The White Sox lost their first Interleague Series since June of 2008, Livan Hernandez won his first road start of the year after going 0-6 in his previous eight road starts, and Philip Humber lost for the first time since April 30th. More importantly the Sox lost the game and the series to the Nationals 2-1.
Philip Humber once again was dominant for the White Sox (38-41) Sunday. Humber went 6 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on three hits. The Sox righty didn’t allow a hit the first five innings and made just one mistake which caused him and the Sox to lose the game. Humber hung a slider to Danny Espinosa in the seventh which resulted in a two-run homer which would be all the Nationals (40-38) needed. Humber fell to 7-4 on the season.
Livan Hernandez was pretty dominant on Sunday. The veteran did an excellent job of changing speeds which fooled Sox hitters all game. The White Sox did have several chances Sunday, but Hernandez was able to pitch through every jam and improve his record to 5-8 on the season.
Drew Storen pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season.
The White Sox have an off day Monday and will head to Denver to open a three game series with the Rockies which begins Tuesday Night at Coors Field.
One of the best stories in baseball this season is the emergence of Philip Humber. Humber before this season had been with three different organizations and never made more than eight appearances and had won a total of two games. This season Humber is making a strong case to make the AL All-Star team.
Humber will take the ball for the Sox Sunday looking to go at least seven innings for the seventh consecutive start. This hasn't been done by a White Sox Starter since Jon Garland in the 2007 season. This season Humber is 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA. While Humber was with the Mets in 2006-07, the righty did face the Nationals twice allowing five runs in five innings of work.
Veteran Livan Hernandez gets the start for Washington in the series finale. Hernandez is just 4-8 on the season but has a respectable ERA of 3.97. Livan has struggled on the road all season. The righty is 0-6 in his eight road starts this season. Hernandez has started against the Sox three times in his career. In those previous starts he is 1-2 with an ERA of 6.88.
The forecast in Chicago at the time of first pitch is partly cloudy skies with temps in the 70's. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 CST. The game will be televised on WGN.