Mariners Game Recap: White Sox Win in Extras
The Chicago White Sox (58-63) fought back to beat the Seattle Mariners (56-67) in extra innings Saturday night at Safeco Field. The M’s were in great position to win the game and even the series, but the bullpen collapsed once again this evening. Nate Jones (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up the win for the Sox. Danny Farquhar (0-4, 5.75 ERA) was credited with the loss for the home side after self-destructing in the 10th. David Robertson worked a perfect frame for Chicago to earn his 25th save of the season.
Trayce Thompson got the scoring started tonight for Chicago in the top of the 2nd inning by lacing a solo home run to left field. The Mariners stormed back in the home half of the 7th inning, scoring 3 runs to take the lead. The White Sox knotted the game at 3 in the 9th, and jumped ahead in the 10th after plating 3 runs.
The surprise of the night had to be Vidal Nuno. The 28-year-old southpaw produced the best start of his brief Mariners’ career. He allowed 1 run on 5 hits across 6.2 innings of work. Nuno fanned 4 and walked 1. His lone blemish was the solo home run. Command was not an issue for Nuno, as 68 of his 102 pitches found the strike zone. James Paxton is expected back in the near future, but I would not be surprised to see Nuno retain his spot in the rotation i the can keep producing at a high level.
Aug 22, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Danny Farquhar (40) adjusts his hat after walking in the winning run in the 10th inning against the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field. The White Sox won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Wilhelmsen entered with a runner on second and 2 out in the 7th, but managed to tip toe out of danger. The Bartender also worked a perfect 8th for Seattle. Carson Smith was called on in the 9th to shut the door on Chicago, and he was unable to get the job done. Smith picked up a blown save after allowing 2 runs on 2 hits in his lone inning of work. Danny Farquhar pitched the 10th, and things did not go according to plan. After allowing the White Sox to load the bases with none out, Farquhar walked in the go-ahead run on four pitches before giving way to Edgar Olmos. The young southpaw could not stop the bleeding, and Chicago scored an additional 2 runs to take a commanding 6-3 lead.
Franklin Gutierrez led the way for the Mariners on Saturday, finishing 3 for 4 with a double, a walk and 2 RBI. Robinson Cano came through with a pair of line drive singles. Austin Jackson finished 2 for 5, and laid down a beautiful bunt single. Nelson Cruz extended his on base streak to 32 games tonight with a walk in the 4th inning.
Thankfully, Lloyd McClendon had the sense to not wake Fernando Rodney from his nap this evening. However, McClendon made yet another questionable decision in the 9th tonight. With the tying run 90 ft away, Lloyd opted to keep the infield back and ultimately, conceded the run. The rationale for his decision was that the go-ahead run was on second base, and Seattle did not want to fall behind. Essentially, McClendon was caught playing not to lose as opposed to going for the win.
Carlos Rodon allowed 3 runs on 6 hits through 7 innings on Saturday night. Rodon lived up to his top prospect billing for much of the first 6 innings, however things went south for him in the 7th. He fanned 8 and walked 4 on the night. The 22-year-old lefty has an excellent slider, and he used it heavily tonight. Dan Jennings worked a scoreless 8th, and Nate Jones held the M’s off the scoreboard in the 9th. David Robertson pitched a perfect 10th to pick up the save.
Trayce Thompson had a nice game for the South Siders, going 2 for 3 with a solo home run. Trayce is the younger brother of Klay Thompson who stars with the NBA Champion, Golden State Warriors. Avisail Garcia, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Sanchez and Adam LaRoche accounted for the other White Sox runs tonight.
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Seattle is completely irrelevant at this point, as they sit 11.5 games back of the American League West leading Houston Astros. The M’s are currently 7.5 games out in the wildcard race.
The Seattle Mariners (56-67) will hope to avoid being swept by the Chicago White Sox (58-63) on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm from the corner of Edgar & Dave. Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60 ERA) will get the ball for Seattle in the series finale, and John Danks (6-10, 4.61 ERA) will be on the bump for the Sox. Root Sports Northwest will broadcast the game locally if you think you can stomach watching the game. As always, MLB.tv subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices.
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