How it happened: Daniel Hudson stuck it to his old team, pitching (and hitting) the Diamondbacks past the White Sox. Traded to Arizona last July for Edwin Jackson, the guy he was pitching against Friday, Hudson not only gave up just one run in his first complete game, he added an insurance run in the seventh inning with a double off the right field fence. Paul Konerko hit a home run for the White Sox and Jackson settled down after a rough first inning (two runs, 29 pitches) but it was too late.
What it means: The White Sox have returned to their April ways of bowing to solid opposing pitching. How much of it is bad offense and how much is the arm on the mound is up for debate. The key is to emerge from this downturn quicker than they did in the season’s first month. Carl Pavano, Nick Blackburn and Hudson have held the White Sox to two runs over the past three games.
Stat of the game: Konerko’s home run was his 50th in interleague play. It tied him with Carlos Delgado for third place all time. Jim Thome’s 57 interleague home runs are tops. Ken Griffey Jr. had 55.
Up next: White Sox left-hander John Danks (2-8, 4.54 ERA) will pitch in the middle game of the three-game series at Arizona. The Diamondbacks will go with left-hander Zach Duke (1-1, 4.56) in the 7:10 p.m. start from Chase Field.