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May 7, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Chicago White Sox at Mariners: May 7, 2011 game thread

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Not a night to remember for Doug Fister, who gave up five runs on 14 hits (!!!) in 5 2/3 innings and trails 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
Fister didn’t get a whole lot of help from his defense tonight — especially in the outfield. Milton Bradley looked weak going after a double to left by Alex Rios in the sixth. Bradley had a shot at cutting the ball off but let it get by him. Rios would eventually come around to score on a single by Gordon Beckham and then he, too would score on a double by Brent Morel.
Michael Saunders saved Fister more damage with a home run robbing catch in center off A.J. Pierzynski. But the outfield defense has not distinguished itself tonight, particulary Bradley, who is hearing it from the hometown fans — especially since he appears to be plug-free tonight.


7:37 p.m.: Doug Fister trails 3-0 after the White Sox scored a pair in the top of the fourth. But Fister and the Mariners are fortunate to not be trailing by far more than that. Chicago has 11 hits in the game already and had the bases loaded with none out and a run already in after three singles and a hit batsman.
But Alexei Ramirez popped out and the Michael Saunders made a running grab of an Adam Dunn smoker to center that scored another run on a tag-up from third.
Still, the game could be a blowout if that ball isn’t caught. Instead, Fister got out of the inning by barehanding a grounder (never a great idea for a pitcher) and throwing to first. Still plenty of time for the M’s.
Milton Bradley did not look good on one of the singles, a blooper that dropped two feet in front of him as he slowed up. Bradley also hesitated on a couple of other balls hit to his vicinity but none were as blatant as the first one.
Not to belabor the point, but you really don’t want him out there as your everyday left fielder for too much longer. He’s a DH at this point. This team faces tough decisions on some guys in the weeks ahead.
7:11 p.m.: Still a 1-0 game, White Sox leading it, as we head to the fourth. An eventful third inning as Chicago put runners at the corners with none out after a near-interference play on the basepaths that wasn’t called.
Gordon Beckham was on first base when Brent Morel hit what looked like a possible double-play ball at second baseman Adam Kennedy. But Kennedy was right in the path of Beckham, who leaped to avoid him and appeared to kick the second baseman’s glove.
The ball got by for a hit and beckham went all the way to third. Mariners manager Eric Wedge argued, but to no avail.
But Doug Fister got out of it. First, Juan Pierre flied out to shallow left, forcing Beckham to hold at third. Then Alexei Ramirez hit a soft liner that Fister twisted to his right for to make a lunging snare. Fister then threw to first and doubled the runner off by a hair (he looked safe, but hey, the M’s do get some calls).
Great escape job.
Seattle saw Ichiro reach on an error in the bottom of the inning. But Chone Figgins flied out, Milton Bradley popped out and Adam Kennedy grounded out.
6:30 p.m.: The Mariners have won eight of the last 10 games heading into this second contest against the worst team in the American League record-wise. Doug Fister gets the start tonight, which could be the team’s biggest test of the series.
Fister gave up three hits in the first inning and trails 1-0. After a leadoff single, Fister erased it on a double-play.
But Adam Dunn doubled with two out and then Paul Konerko singled up the middle to drive him home. Konerko took a wide turn at first base and was caught in a rundown when Justin Smoak cut off the outfield throw. That’s how the inning ended.
Ichiro singled to lead off the bottom of the inning. But Chone Figgins then popped out foul after fouling the ball painfully off his knee. We’ll see whether Figgins remains in the game for the duration. That had to hurt.
Milton Bradley went down swinging (didn’t blame the ump this time) and Adam Kennedy grounded out to end the inning.

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