Freddy Garcia has a pair of tough acts to follow.
This will mark the second career start for Garcia against Seattle, which dealt him to Chicago with catcher Ben Davis on June 27, 2004 for three prospects. Garcia beat the Mariners on July 11 last season by allowing three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings in a 4-3 win.
Garcia has been outstanding in his first two starts of the season and picked up his first win on Monday at Cleveland. He allowed one run and four hits in eight innings in a 2-1 victory.
Garland retired the first 19 hitters on Friday before allowing two runs and two hits over seven innings in a 6-4 win. Buehrle was even better, firing a three-hitter and striking out 12 in a 2-1 victory on Saturday as Chicago improved to 5-0 in one-run games.
Buehrle had a shutout going into the ninth inning before Ichiro Suzuki led off with a triple and later scored on Adrian Beltre’s groundout. Suzuki was the only Mariner to solve Buehrle with all three hits.
“I can’t seem to get that guy out,” Buehrle said. “He’s the best hitter I’ve ever faced.”
“I’m just trying to be the toughest out I can be,” Konerko said. “I’m not looking for home runs, I’m just trying to scrape out some hits.”
Seattle will send Gil Meche, who has been bothered by right elbow inflammation, to the mound Sunday to try to avoid the sweep. Meche has failed to last past the fifth inning in his first two outings because of the sore elbow.
“We can’t pinpoint why he would be stiff, especially at this time of year,” Seattle pitching coach Bryan Price said. “We have made a very small modification in his delivery and other than that, it is kind of an enigma.”
Price is hoping an extra day of rest for the right-hander will help alleviate the problem. Meche lasted only 3 2-3 innings in his last start, yielding five runs and seven hits in a 7-6 loss to Texas last Sunday.
The White Sox have captured the first two games of a three-game series for the fourth straight time. They failed to complete the sweep on all three previous occasions.