Jake Peavy fires first shutout since August of 2005

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White Sox starter Jake Peavy was scratched from a start on Thursday after complaining of discomfort in his throwing arm.  He was later revealed to have inflammation and fluid in his shoulder, but the White Sox decided to let him pitch on Saturday anyway.  Recipe for disaster, right?

Wrong.

Peavy held the Nationals to three singles and struck out seven batters on Saturday afternoon to earn his first complete-game shutout victory since August of 2005, when he was a starter for the Padres.  The right-hander has allowed only four earned runs in his last 23 innings on the mound and he has racked up 15 strikeouts in that span.  After a rough start to the season, he’s now 6-5 with a rapidly-falling 5.07 ERA and a respectable 1.26 WHIP.

Of course, Peavy isn’t the only member of the White Sox getting things right these days.  The club has won a season-high five straight games and trails the AL Central-leading Twins by 5.5 games.  It’s getting sunny on Chicago’s south side.