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White Sox 3, Nationals 0: Peavy bulldogs White Sox to victory over the Nasty Nats

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  • John Danks left the game in the second inning with a strained right oblique muscle.  A DL trip is almost certain, meaning the mercurial six man rotation is shelved again.
  • Jake Peavy in relief: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K. He threw 55 pitches.  That's some solid relief bulldoggering.
  • Peavy's 7 strikeouts were most by a White Sox reliever since Brandon McCarthy had 8 on Sept. 11, 2005.
  • Brian Bruney, who will likely make way for the returning Tony Pena tomorrow or shortly thereafter, will at least be able to leave the team on a higher note - 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K - than last night's debacle.

A few more notes after the jump.

UPDATE BY JIM (11:39 PM EST):

  • Brent Morel had his third three-hit game, all soft singles to right. The first moved Brent Lillibridge to third, and he scored on Carlos Quentin's sac fly.
  • The Sox went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Both hits came in the eighth inning, and both were lucky than good. An Alex Rios check-swing single loaded the bases, and Ramon Castro blooped a two-run single off the end of his bat to score the final runs.
  • In his first start off the DL on June 19, Tom Gorzelanny failed to record a strikeout over 4 2/3 ineffective innings against the Baltimore Orioles. Today, he struck out eight White Sox over seven innings. He got a lot of weak contact and a lot of pop-ups, working the ball inside and up in the strike zone well.

Record: 38-40 | Box score | Play-by-play