Nationals shut out by White Sox

For just the second time in 14 games, the Nationals fell on Saturday afternoon, when their offense couldn’t come up with an answer for a patchwork White Sox pitching staff that shut them down. And for the 10th time this year, they were shut out.

They lost 3-0 to the White Sox on Saturday, managing just two hits despite the fact that starter John Danks left in the second inning with a strained right oblique. The Nationals’ lineup was set up to face the left-hander, though, and when right-hander Jake Peavy came in to pitch four shutout innings, even though he’d just pitched on Wednesday, and the Nationals’ righty-heavy lineup couldn’t do anything against him.

It was the kind of frozen offensive performance the Nationals haven’t had in weeks, and it dropped them back to within a game of the .500 mark. Tom Gorzelanny allowed one run in seven innings for the Nationals, but took the loss.

The game will also likely be the last for John McLaren as the Nationals’ interim manager; the team is set to name Davey Johnson their permanent manager, and that announcement could come in time for the 68-year-old, who had been serving as a senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo, to manage the team on Sunday.