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August 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Chicago White Sox at Mariners: Aug. 26, 2011 game thread

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If you missed Geoff Baker Live! earlier, we played you a clip of manager Eric Wedge discussing the team’s hot-hitting young players. We touched on Kyle Seager a bit and discussed where he fits with this team going forward. A viewer wanted to know how long a contract the M’s should give Ichiro after next season and for how much. We also discussed Michael Saunders and other prospects in this long exploration of some of what the team might do on the development front in 2012. A viewer asked whether there are any free agent shortstops the M’s might pursue. I quickly shot that one down. Finally, a viewer asked about my encounter with a grizzly bear while hiking in Montana over the weekend. I didn’t have a photo to show on the air, but I’ve put one that my wife took of the bear on the opposite page.
Charlie Furbush made it through five innings, but not before giving up a two-run homer into the M’s bullpen in left center by Mill Creek product Brent Lillibridge in the fifth. That makes it 4-2 for the White Sox as we head to the sixth with Tom Wilhelmsen now on the mound.
8:42 p.m.: Seattle tied it up in the fourth inning as Kyle Seager doubled to left center off the glove off diving left fielder Juan Pierre. Seager took third on a single by Brendan Ryan, then scored when a Trayvon Robinson blooper dropped in for a hit.
That’s six doubles and counting for Seager in his last three games.
So, its 2-2 heading to the fifth. It will likely be the final inning for Charlie Furbush, whose pitch count got out of hand early. Furbush has managed to limit the damage after that first inning.

8:17 p.m.: We’re finally through three long innings here with the M’s trailing 2-1. Seattle got a run back in the second inning when Miguel Olivo hit one over the center field wall.
Charlie Furbush has thrown 70 pitches — yikes! — in only three innings, so he’s not long for this one unless the Chisox start free-swinging, which they’re prone to do. Ichiro notched a single in the bottom of the third. Keep an eye on him. That 200 hits thing isn’t out of the question just yet and he’s starting to collect his hits on line drives now as opposed to a bunch of cheap infield dribblers.
Seattle loaded the bases with a pair of walks after that, but Olivo went down swinging to end the threat.
7:31 p.m.: The Mariners try to make it four wins in five games tonight as they take on Jake Peavy and the White Sox. Charlie Furbush takes the mound for Seattle with a whole lot still to prove if he hopes to crack the starting rotation next season. Needs more consistency.
Furbush already threw too many pitches — 35 — to start the game and trails 2-0 after a half inning. He went full in the count to the first three batters, giving up a leadoff single to Juan Pierre. A passed-ball by Miguel Olivo enabled Pierre to take second with none out before Furbush fanned Brent Lillibridge.
But Furbush then walked Paul Konerko to put two on and Pierre stole third base.
Alex Rios then muscled a ball that blooped just fair down the right field line for an RBI double. With runners at second and third, Alexi Ramirez blooped a ball into left field for another run and took second on the throw — again leaving runners at second and third.
Furbush got a huge strikeout on a 2-2 offering to Tyler Flowers after that on his 30th pitch of the frame. Let’s face it, if he loses Flowers there, there’s a good chance he doesn’t escape the inning. As it is, he needed five more pitches to get Alejandro De Aza to ground out — leaving him at 35 pitches for the frame.

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