The White Sox rotation may be back in the groove that it so desperately needed to reclaim, and Mark Buehrle looks determined to keep it that way.
After their last two series against the Royals came up sour, the White Sox have the series win, and are looking to sweep on Thursday.
Mark Buehrle didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday night, but he managed to make the right pitches at the right times to give himself a shutout through seven innings. He spread five hits over the outing, striking out five as well. His ERA improved, and is now down all the way to 3.77.
Luke Hochevar gave up only as many hits as Buehrle, striking out four and walking one, but the White Sox were hitting in the clutch tonight, bringing the bats to life when it really mattered. Unlike their usual ways of bringing in the big bats, the Sox played small ball, managing four runs in the evening.
The bullpen appears to have found a rhythm again as well, though they still lack Scott Linebrink. Octavio Dotel pitched the eighth for his 18th hold on the season, and Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth, three up, three down.
The White Sox are hoping to keep this current winning streak alive, sending Lance Broadway to the bump for the series finale, and hopefully the sweep. Lance did face the Royals last year in one of his first appearances for the White Sox, picking up a win after six innings of shutout baseball.