SEATTLE — The Chicago White Sox came into Seattle on the heels of a three-game sweep at the hands of Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and didn’t look much better for the majority of their first game in Seattle on Thursday night, trailing the Mariners 4-0 late in the ballgame.
A two-run home run by Matt Davidson and a pair of solo home runs by Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson pulled the White Sox even with the Mariners, only to see Guillermo Heredia‘s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning hand the White Sox their fourth consecutive loss to open the 10-game road trip.
On Friday night the White Sox offense was quiet for the most of the evening, as was the Mariners offense as White Sox ace, Jose Quintana held the Mariners to just one run, on one hit over the course of his eight innings of work. Quintana of course, left the ballgame in line for a signature no-decision. The White Sox could only manage one run a 464-foot home run by Jose Abreu in the middle innings before taking the lead 2-1 in the top of the tenth inning on a Melky Cabrera RBI-double.
David Robertson who tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth, remained in the ballgame for the final three outs in the bottom of the tenth inning to earn the victory, and even the series up at one game each.
Saturday night was a whole different ballgame for the White Sox, who slugged their way past the Mariners by putting up a whopping 16 runs to the Mariners one run. The White Sox clubbed out 19 hits including four home runs, two of which came off of the bat of Avisail Garcia. Garcia also collected a pair of doubles and a career-high six RBI on the evening as the White Sox cruised by the M’s at Safeco Field in dominant fashion.
Mike Pelfrey earned his first victory of the season on Saturday night as he tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing only four hits while striking out three and walking none, Pelfrey is now 1-4 on the campaign.
On Sunday the two clubs were back in action for the fourth and final game of the four game series with Derek Holland taking the ball for the White Sox. Holland was excellent on Sunday, allowing just one run on a solo home run by Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning en route to his fourth victory of the season. Holland lowered his ERA to 2.47 on the season after Sunday’s solid eight inning outing.
As for the offense it was more of the same as Saturday night as the White Sox scored eight times to earn an 8-1 victory, their third consecutive, earning a series victory of the M’s this weekend. Tim Anderson stayed hot on Sunday, collecting three hits including a home run in the third inning. Anderson has been on a tear since returning from the funeral services for the tragic death of his best friend, and his batting average has climbed all the way up to .264 on the season.
After struggling to string together hits in the first two games of the series the White Sox bats came to life in games three and four as they outscored the Mariners 24-2 on Saturday and Sunday. Avisail Garcia had his best game of his career on Saturday night as he collected four extra-base hits and six RBI, while Tim Anderson hit a pair of home runs in the series, and collected a three-hit game on Sunday afternoon.
Anderson as I mentioned, has been tearing the cover off of the ball since returning from his time off last weekend, and is now hitting a respectable .264 on the season with five home runs, three of which have come since he has returned to the Sox lineup earlier this week. Maybe some time to clear his head was all Anderson needed to snap out of his early skid.
Outside of the opening game of the series when the White Sox allowed five runs, they held the Mariners to just one run in each of the final three games of the series, definitely a bounce-back performance for a pitching staff that was roughed up in Anaheim.
The White Sox opened the series on a sour note by falling behind early and struggling to score for the first six innings of the ballgame, a recipe that did not bode well in their previous three game series with the Angels, which was their worst series of the season.
Even with the comeback effort on Thursday evening, the offense still looked putrid on Friday evening as they left Jose Quintana with another no-decision after he tossed eight innings of one-hit ball. Fortunately some late inning magic by Melky Cabrera allowed the Sox to snap their losing streak and get back into the win column.
The White Sox (20-22) will wrap up their 10-game road trip with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (26-18) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The White Sox will have their work cut out for them taking on a solid Diamondbacks ball club, opening the series against a red-hot Zack Greinke. For a complete look at the series stay tuned for our in-depth series preview tomorrow morning.