Sporting the second-worst road record (15-35) in the American League – God Bless Baltimore! – the Mariners are 0- 3 on their current trip, with one game left in Chicago and three remaining in Minnesota.
What the Mariners could use is a nice long series against, well, a team like Seattle. They won’t meet one until they play the Orioles in Baltimore on Aug. 14. By that time, who knows which team will have the better record?
Given that, they’ll do the best they can, and tonight right-hander David Pauley will try to contain the power bats of a surging White Sox team that has claimed first place in the American League Central.
And the Mariners offense will try to, like, score.
- Ichiro doubled but, trying to bunt, Chone Figgins popped out. Casey Kotchman doubled Ichiro home. In the first: Seattle 1, Chicago 0.
- Another at-bat, another leadoff double – Ichiro is 2-for-2 already. Figgins bunted for a hit, Ichiro taking third. Figgins, attempting to steal, was tagged out in a run down. Kotchman flied out, Ichiro scoring. In the third: Seattle 2, Chicago 0.
- Alexei Ramirez and Ramon Castro singled and No. 9 hitter Gordon Beckham walked to load ‘em up. Juan Pierre squibbed an opposite field line drive for a two-run double. The ageless Omar Vizquel singled home run. Pauley got Alex Rios to ground into a double play, but a fourth run scored. After a walk and single, Chris Seddon was brought in to relieve. In the third: Chicago 4, Seattle 2.
- With one out, catcher Castro homered, his fourth of the season. In the fourth: Chicago 5, Seattle 2.
- Anyone else notice that, pitching for the New York Mets, former Mariner R.A. Dickey is now 7-4 with a 2.32 earned run average?
- Kotchman doubled again with one out and took third on a Gutierrez single. Michael Saunders singled Kotchman home, then stole second base. With runners and second and third, Justin Smoak popped out. Josh Wilson struck out. In the sixth: Chicago 5, Seattle 3.
- With two outs and Seddon still pitching, Mr. Castro hit his second solo home run of the night, his fifth of the season. It’s the second career multi-homer game - and his first since 2002. After a single and a walk, Garrett Olson replaced Seddon. The ageless Vizquel singled home a run. In the sixth: Chicago 7, Seattle 3.
- With J.J. Putz pitching – and carrying a 27 consecutive scoreless inning streak – Jack Wilson singled with one out, and Ichiro doubled him home. That’s three doubles for Ichiro tonight. Ichiro stole second as Figgins walked, then scored on a wild pitch. In the seventh: Chicago 7, Seattle 5.
- Paul Konerko homered, his 25th of the season. Carlos Quentin homered, his 20th. In the seventh: Chicago 9, Seattle 5.
- The Mariners aren’t a team built to score nine runs, so they came up four short tonight as the White Sox got the win and the four-game series sweep. It’s a final: Chicago 9, Seattle 5.