The Chicago White Sox (34-34) picked up where the Tigers left off, sweeping a three game series against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals (31-39) dropped their sixth straight game as Chicago notched its sixth consecutive victory on the strength of Freddy Garcia's solid start. Garcia allowed just three runs on six hits in seven innings, walking one batter and striking out six. Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, each allowing just one hit while striking out two. The Nationals were able to amass eight hits on the day; however, another double digit strikeout performance at the plate (ten) crippled the team's offense.
While the Nationals' offense was neutralized, the pitching was just as poor. Washington suffered another dreadful outing courtesy of John Lannan. Yesterday's game marks the third consecutive start in which the Nationals' lefthander lasted less than five innings and surrendered ten or more hits and at least four runs. In just four plus innings Sunday, Lannan allowed five runs on 11 hits while striking out just one Chicago hitter. He was relieved by Miguel Batista who threw three scoreless innings and gave up just two hits. Rookie Drew Storen allowed one run in his two-inning appearance but also managed to fan three White Sox.
From here the Nationals get a brief respite with consecutive three-game series against the Kansas City Royals (29-41) and the Baltimore Orioles (19-50) before returning to divisional play with the Atlanta Braves. The team will certainly look to break its six-game skid against two teams with losing records.