After losing a 2-1 game in chilly weather, the Mariners play the nightcap of this double-header in even chillier weather.
If pitching dominated the first game, it should own Game 2 – Felix Hernandez vs. John Danks, a lefty with a 0.95 earned run average.
Gentlemen, find your bats. First team to score wins.
Ok, that’s that
Ichiro singled, Chavez bunted him to second and Ichiro stole third base.
DH Sweeney singled home a run, and that should be enough, don’t you think?
After half an inning: Mariners 1, White Sox 0
Yes, he drives you crazy when he won’t take pitches, occasionally takes an inning off in the field and appears not to think – but Yuniesky Betancourt can hit.
One swing – a three-run home run in the second inning – has given Felix more runs than Chris Jakubauskas got in a complete-game loss.
Felix will take them and more.
To the bottom of the second: Mariners 4, White Sox 0.
Rolling, rolling, rolling
Lopez singled and Branyan – shattering his bat – doubled down the right field line.
Balentien flied out deep enough to get a run home, and Betancourt singled to put runners at first and third base with one out.
Jamie Burke walked to load the bases, and Ichiro forced Branyan at the plate. Chavez grounded out, and the Mariners left ‘em loaded.
To the bottom of four: Mariners 5, White Sox 0.
Branyan doubled, his third hit, and with him running, Balentien grounded to the right side.
With Branyan at third, Betancourt singled for his third hit and – gasp! – stole second base. Ichiro legged out an infield single, Chavez flied out.
To the bottom of six: Mariners 6, White Sox 0.
The numbers pile up
Branyan sets a career high with four hits, Betancourt sets a career high with five RBI and Jakubauskas must be wondering where all this offense was four hours ago.
Can you say 4-0?
It’s a wrap
Roy Corcoran allowed a run in mop-up time, but Felix stretched his string of consecutive scoreless innings to a career-best 19.
The final: Mariners 9, White Sox 1