BY SPNW Staff 09:21PM 08/27/2015

Game recap: White Sox 4, Mariners 2

Takeaway

Teams that manage one hit in seven innings and go 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position don’t often win ballgames. The Mariners were that team Thursday in Chicago, losing 4-2 (box score) in the first of a four-game series with the White Sox.

Essential moment

In the eighth, with runners at first and second and one out, Franklin Gutierrez grounded out to third as both runners advanced. The tying run was in scoring position, but Mark Trumbo grounded out to second.

Hitters

Gutierrez had a homer to center that brought Robinson Cano. Seattle finished with seven base hits and only one other for extra bases, a double from Seth Smith the seventh.

Pitchers

In his first start since being called up from AAA Tacoma, Roenis Elias (4-7) was solid, giving up three earned runs off nine hits in 6.2 innings.

Chicago’s Carlos Rodon improved to 6-5, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out five. Rodon allowed one hit in the first before facing the minimum in the second through sixth innings. David Robertson recorded his 27th save of the season, keeping the M’s hitless in the ninth.

Words

“We had opportunities early, throughout the game and we didn’t take advantage. Bases loaded (in the top of the first) and we don’t take advantage, second and third no out (in the seventh) and we don’t take advantage.” – manager Lloyd McClendon

Noteworthy

Mark Trumbo left a team-high five runners stranded, including his ground-out in the seventh and a foul-tip strikeout with the bases juiced in the first. The Mariners left 15 runners, more than double their season average of 6.72 . . . 3B Kyle Seager, in a grim slump, was rested. He’s hitting .196 in August with a .248 on-base percentage. Over his last six games, Seager 2-for-27 with eight strikeouts. He did pinch-hit in the ninth and grounded out. Brad Miller took over at third and went hitless.

Next

Friday at 5:10 p.m. PT,  Seattle’s Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73 ERA) will take the hill opposite White Sox lefty John Danks (6-11, 4.90 ERA).


YourThoughts

  • Lodowick

    Only one starter now with an ERA below 4.30 and that’s Felix at 3.66. i’m afraid we have to say starting pitching is not a strength on this team. Let’s see. What’s that leave: toward the bottom of the league in OBP, average and runs scored. No bullpen to speak of. No team speed or smarts on the basepaths, average starting staff…..wait! They field pretty well. Though not tonight. They are virtually certain now to not only finish with a losing record but also the worst run differential in the league.

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    • sabasarge

      “Though not tonight” is a bit of an understatement. Elias was totally let down by his “defense”. Miller, while seviceable perhaps as a corner fielder (perhaps) is an absolute embarassment as an infielder. Mariner outfielders also looked like minor leaguers tonight.
      Losing is one thing, but the embarassment that was the Mariner defense last night is another altogether.

      • Lodowick

        Yes, I agree. I was being a little facetious. Nothing has worked this year for the M’s, no particular part of the wheel has spun smoothly. They are in the top five in fielding percentage, I believe, but the lack of range by a number of the fielders, lack of anticipation, poor routes, etc., has offset the advantage of a good fielding percentage.

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          Indeed. But take Miller out of the equation (I wish) and our fielding percentage skyrockets. Take care.

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  • Rj Smith

    I’m personally tired of the M’s making the awful White Sox look like the best team in the league, they can’t beat those dopes for anything. Hopefully the Brad Miller experiment at 3B is over. Oh and good riddance to that clueless baseball clown Trader Jack Z, it’s a great day!