After losing their fifth straight game and dropping below .500 for the first time this season after James Shields was straight up rocked in his debut, the Chicago White Sox hope to salvage at least one game in this series and will once again host the Washington Nationals in the series finale tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.
The South Siders will give the ball to Miguel Gonzalez, who was moved to the bullpen after the acquisition of Shields, but will make a spot start tonight as Carlos Rodon is suffering from neck soreness. This will be the seventh start and eighth appearance for the right-hander this year. He pitched a scoreless inning and a third of relief against the Tigers on Sunday and gave up just one run and three hits in five innings in most recent start, taking a no-decision in a 2-1 win over the Mets.
The Nationals will counter with Gio Gonzalez, who’s been struggling as of late. In his last three starts, he’s given up a combined 18 runs on 25 hits in 15 2/3 innings. It’s tough to get at him right off the bat, as he actually holds a 31-game streak of not allowing a run in the first inning, the longest such streak in baseball. But if he struggles a bit after that, this may be a great chance for the White Sox to get back on track.
Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s series finale.
Washington Nationals (36-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-30)
Time: 7:10 PM CTCh
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 3.94 ERA) vs Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 3.93 ERA)