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March 10, 2008 at 4:42 PM

74 degrees at game time

GAME OVER: White Sox 9, Mariners 8
Mariners go to 5-7 in the spring.
The ninth inning was pretty exciting. The Mariners have developed a penchant for late rallies this spring and today was no exception. Charlton Jimerson singled to drive in a run, an error allowed Tuiasosopo to score, Jimerson scored on a ground out, Jeff Clement scored on a Bryan LaHair single and Mark Kiger drove in pinch runner Bronson Sardinha. The M’s had the bases loaded with one out, but Morse struck out and Tuiasosopo grounded out to the end the inning in an 8-8 tie.
The White Sox won it off Sean Green, Jim Thome singled to lead off and was replaced by a pinch runner. A fly ball out moved the runner to second, and a long single to right by Swisher drove in the game winner.
“I was proud of the team, the way they kept scrapping, kept after it,” McLaren said. “We’ve done that almost every spring training game…We had that spirit last year and that’s the way we play baseball. We play hard til the final out’s made. That’s our trademark and we take pride in that.”
Notes
-Balentien was 4-for-5 and is batting .357 in the spring. He has 10 hits now, second to Morse, who has 12.
-R.A. Dickey dropped his ERA to 1.29 after two innings of one-hit ball. He struck out two and had Jermaine Dye way off balance on a swing through the knuckle ball on one of those.
-Morrow’s ERA is now 11.25
-LaHair is 8-for-19 (.421) in the spring.
Bottom 8th
UPDATE II: Huber plunks Jason Bourgeois in the back and another run is in. 8-3 Sox.
UPDATE: Morrow, whom McLaren said he envisions as a “two-inning guy,” isn’t even a two-out guy right now. He walked the bases loaded and has given up two runs. Now 3-0 to Juan Uribe, and there’s ball four. Another run in. 7-3 Sox. Three runs are in this inning. Morrow is being lifted as McLaren makes the move, and Jon Huber is coming in.
Ryan Feierabend has left the game after 1 inning of work. It was scoreless. Brandon Morrow is in and he just gave up a triple to Paul Konerko. Dickey was solid and from what I saw, Johjima handled him well.
Now Nick Swisher just hit a ball out well over the 340 mark in right field, and the umpires called it a double. Manager Ozzie Guillen came out to complain but to no avail. The umps blew this one. That ball was over the wall and off the wall behind the 340 sign and then came back onto the field, as I saw it. Run scores, 5-3 Sox.
BEDARD UPDATE:
Wow, went downstairs to hear from Bedard and didn’t miss a thing. Bedard said he’d answer five questions at the outset, and he answered 10. He characterized his performance as one bad inning and all zeros in the others.
Bottom 5
R.A. Dickey is now in the game in relief of Bedard, who allowed four runs on eight hits and walked one.
Bryan LaHair is at first base for Norton.
End 4th
That should do it for Bedard. 63 total pitches in four innings. 41 strikes, 22 balls. I’ll get an official line. In the meantime, it’s now top 5 and Balentien just got his third hit.
Bottom 3
Balentien couldn’t get to a triple hit by Nick Swisher with 2 out. He’s got a bat for sure, but the defense has been suspect in spring ball.
Top 3
UPDATE: Here come the M’s. Balentien has doubled in a run, his second double of the game, and Johjima drove in a run on a fielding error. The runner, Norton, was at third and breaking for home when contact was made so Johjima got credit for an RBI. 4-3 CHI.
Bedard has nine-pitch second. No runs no hits. M’s got their run on an error by the second baseman, who threw to third on a fielder’s choice grounder to try and get Betancourt moving from second to third after singles by he and Vidro. The throw went wide and Betancourt scored. The batter was Norton and he wasn’t credited with an RBI since the run scored on an error.
End 1
Wow…wondering how THIS post-performance interview session with Bedard is going to go. Maybe only one question, maybe none. I had Bedard for 28 pitches in the first.
Still Bottom 1
Now its Paul Konerko going deep off what looked like a Bedard fastball over the bullpen in left field. 4-1 White Sox on the HR.
…and Erik Bedard just hung a curve ball that Jim Thome sent out of the yard way up the berm, maybe 430 feet to left center. It’s a three-run shot, 3-1 White Sox.

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