Game over as Cairo makes last out.. 8-4 the final M’s lose. Buenas noches amigos!
Mark Lowe has allowed a run to make it 8-4. Ryan Rowland-Smith is coming into pitch and the Go-Go Sox (1959 reference from the Minoso era — what decade wasn’t?) have runners at first and second with two out.
Man, tough luck strikes again. The White Sox escape a jam when P Octavio Dotel fakes the pickoff attempt, only to see Bloomquist going for second. His throw to Uribe at second is too late, but Ichiro is breaking for home on the play. Uribe fires to catcher Toby Hall and Ichiro is tagged out. Inning over.
Update III: Clement, who has struck out twice already,
Update II: Javier Vazquez is on the ropes as the Mariners are threatening to add more. First and third, one out, sacrifice fly for Lopez. 7-4 Sox.
Update: Beltre is the RBI man tonight. He comes through with a base hit up the middle to drive in both runners. It’s 7-3 Sox.
A threat perhaps? Cairo singles, Ichiro doubles.
Washburn is out, Cha Seung Baek is in. Line on Washburn: 5 IP, 8 H, 7R, 2 BB, 3 K, 103 pitches.
It seems Ibanez is having a tough night. First the ball he couldn’t get to a ball in left field in the second, and now a grounder (“hot smash,” as Harry Caray used to call ’em) down the line that he let get by him for an RBI triple.
We want the funk! We need the funk! They certainly do. And Beltre just provided some with a solo home run. 6-1 Chicago.
A silver lining: Nice throw from Balentien in RF to Beltre at 3B to Lopez at 2B and they get Joe Crede trying to go from first to second on a single. No further damage as Washburn gets Anderson to pop out.
Carlos Quentin has hit a two-run HR off Washburn. Make it 6-0 Chicago. They are hitting Washburn hard, and the boos are raining down.
Well, here we go again. This is how it’s been going for the M’s these days. Three-run bomb by Brian Anderson gives ChiSox (does anyone call them that anymore?) a 3-0 lead. That rhythm Washburn had in the first is more like a groove, as in grooving the pitch right over the heart of the plate, for the opposing team. He went to 3-1 on Anderson before the HR came.
How many times lately has Ichiro weakly grounded out? Maybe it’s just me but it seems to be happening quite a bit.
There won’t be much to this but I will do my best. 58 degrees, roof closed at game time.
Good start for Washburn, who looks like he’s got a rhythm early. Now let’s see if those listless bats can perk up.