Chris Jakubauskas did almost all his team could ask for. But the struggling Seattle offense did just about nothing for him in return.
Jakubauskas allowed only two hits over eight innings today, but took a 2-1 loss when a lack of situational hitting did him in. Today’s game took only an hour, 52 minutes to play and the quality of swings taken had plenty to do with it.
The Mariners failed to come through on the few times they had runners in scoring position against White Sox starter Bartolo Colon. Rob Johnson was the only hitter who did come through, notching that RBI double in the seventh. But then Franklin Gutierrez and Yuniesky Betancourt both popped out with runners at second and third.
Seattle then put two on with one out in the ninth. But then, in the inning’s key at-bat, pictured above, pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney went down swinging against closer Bobby Jenks, while Wladimir Balentien flew out to the lip of the warning track in center.
The second game starts at 5:11 p.m.
April 28, 2009 at 3:59 PM