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McGowan and Blue Jays shutout White Sox
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Dustin McGowan continued to impress on the mound, as he and the Toronto Blue Jays shutout the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, Monday.
Playing in Toronto, McGowan turned in another dominating performance as he pitched 7-1/3rd innings, allowing only four hits against the Sox. The offense of the Jays continued sluggish, but despite the low score, the bats from Toronto did manage eight hits.
That one run, however, was plenty, as McGowan struck out 6 and induced 11 groundouts. The local hurler 16 batters in a row starting in the third.  This was the second straight start, where Long County’s favorite son had a run of 16 outs. The previous streak came last week against Boston.
For the night, the pitcher faced 26 batters, throwing 103 pitches with 66 strikes. He gave up 4 hits, struck out 6, and didn’t allow a walk.
For the year, McGowan has started 7 games, going 42 innings, and has a record of 2-2.  He has allowed 40 hits, 17 walks and 14 earned runs. He has struck out 34 batters, which is 7th in the American League, and his ERA is an impressive 2.95 which is 9th in the AL.
The win capped a four-game sweep of Chicago, and was the fifth win in a row for the team — their longest winning streak of the 2008 season.
Despite the streak, Toronto (16-17) still sits in fifth place in the American League East, but they are only 4-1/2 games behind Boston (21-13), who is on top, and only a game behind Tampa Bay (16-15) who is second in the division.
McGowan will be back on the mound Saturday, when he and the Jays travel to Progressive Field to take on Cleveland. McGowan will be facing left-hander Aaron Laffey (0-2) who currently has a 2.84 ERA.
In two games against the Indians, McGowan has 8.10 ERA and a 0-1 record. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.
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