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June 8, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Mariners at Chicago White Sox: June 8, 2011 game thread

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Jamey Wright allowed a grand total of four runs in both April and May combined. He’s now started off June with five runs his last two outings and six in the last three.
Wright came in with one on and one out in the seventh and fell behind 3-1 in the count to Carlos Quentin. On the next pitch, Quentin hit his second homer of the game and tied it up 4-4. Ouch!
7:19 p.m.: The White Sox got a run back in the bottom of the seventh but Miguel Olivo took newly-installed reliever Jesse Crain deep with two out in the eighth to give Seattle a 4-2 lead. Crain had just come on to pitch when Olivo greeted him with a blast to left center that got out in a real hurry.
Chicago scored it run on three consecutive two-out singles off Jason Vargas by Brent Lillibridge, Ramon Castro and Gordon Beckham. Vargas comes back out to pitch the eighth.
6:44 p.m.: Seattle finally scored! Three times! Mariners now lead 3-1 in the sixth. Brendan Ryan — who else? — reached on a single, went to third on a single to right by Justin Smoak, then scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Adam Kennedy. Third baseman Brent Morel had a shot at Ryan going home, but elected to go for the 5-4-3 double play.
They got the out at second, but second baseman Gordon Beckham made a throw to first that Kareem wouldn’t have gotten to.
The run scored. Kennedy stole second, but Miguel Olivo struck out and then Carlos Peguero — after just missing a homer to right that went foul — drew a walk to put two on for the slumping Franklin Gutierrez, down to .194 when he stepped to the plate. Gutierrez fell behind 1-2, but then laced a ball to the left field corner for what became a two-run double that puts Seattle ahead for the first time all series.
The runs ended a streak of 27 straight scoreless innings thrown against Seattle by White Sox starter Gavin Floyd.


6:16 p.m.: Mike Carp doubled in the fifth inning and Chone Figgins followed with a two-out walk. Ichiro came up next, worked the count full and…grounded out to second base.
Still 1-0 for the White Sox.
Carp has reached base twice in two plate appearances.
5:44 p.m.: The Mariners put two on with one out in the third inning after Mike Carp was hit by a pitch and Chone Figgins battled back from 0-2 down to line a 1-2 offering into left field for a single. But the rally stalled from there as Ichiro lined out to left on a pretty well-hit ball. Brendan Ryan then grounded out to second. I thought he beat the throw and have yet to see a replay, but none of the M’s argued.
Still 1-0 for the home side.
5:22 p.m.: Jason Vargas takes the mound as the Mariners hope to salvage at least one game of three on the South Side. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he expects his team to show a little more “edge” tonight.
Seattle hasn’t shown any edge yet, trailing 1-0 after the first inning. Carlos Quentin went deep to left off Jason Vargas with two out. Not exactly a rocket. The White Sox seem to be getting a whole lot of deep pop-ups to make it over the fence in the hot air.
Would be nice if the M’s could elevate some stuff.
Ichiro lined out to second on the game’s first pitch. Hardest ball I’ve seen him hit all series. Brendan Ryan walked, but Justin Smoak grounded into a 4-6-3 double-play. Smoak really needs to pick it up. As bad as some other guys have looked in front of them, he’s been a liability in the No. 3 spot more often than not of late.
The lineups:
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
SS Brendan Ryan
1B Justin Smoak
2B Adam Kennedy
C Miguel Olivo
LF Carlos Peguero
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Mike Carp
3B Chone Figgins
LHP Jason Vargas
WHITE SOX
LF Juan Pierre
SS Alexei Ramirez
DH Carlos Quentin
1B Paul Konerko
CF Alex Rios
RF Brent Lillibridge
C Ramon Castro
2B Gordon Beckham
3B Brent Morel
RHP Gavin Floyd

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