IT’S A FINAL — A quick game here as the Mariners went down weakly in the ninth to conclude a 5-0 loss in which Seattle got just two hits. M’s now 11-6 on the spring.
M’S NOTHING IN EIGHTH — M’s go down without a hit in the eighth, so it’s still 5-0 with the Mariners getting just two hits today with an inning left.
STILL 5-0 TO BOTTOM SEVEN — Liddi got a hit for the M’s in the top of seven, but the M’s didn’t get a run and it remains 5-0.
BEAVAN COMMENTS — Talked to Blake Beavan in the clubhouse and he said he had trouble commanding his curveball in the first inning, when the White Sox got two hits and one run, but otherwise felt good about his outing.
He threw 48 pitches, 32 for strikes, and may not have another start until the team leaves for Japan.
Today was his fourth start and he has allowed four earned runs in 15.1 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.
As for the pending decisions on the back end of the rotation: “I feel like I’ve done everything I can, everything I can control, to make the decision hard for those guys.”
M’S GET A HIT BUT NO RUNS IN THE SIXTH — No no-hitter here as Michael Saunders got a two-out single on a dribbler up the middle (though not against Peavy, who left after the fifth allowing only a walk in his five innings). But that was all for the M’s who still trail 5-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth.
KUO KNOCKED AROUND IN FIFTH — Kuo, who entered the game with an ERA of 14.29, did nothing to help himself, giving up hits to the first three batters he faced, including a 3-run HR to Escobar, then hitting another batter and later giving up a run-scoring single. When it was over, he’d allowed four runs on four hits and a hit batter and the Sox now lead 5-0.
M’S NO HITS THROUGH FIVE — Getting an extended look at Jake Peavy, who has gone all the way so far, the Mariners aren’t liking what they are seeing, having gotten no hits through five (though Smoak did draw a walk in the second).
Beavan is done, having allowed three hits and one run (earned) in four innings with two strikeouts.
Hong-Chih Kuo, who has struggled so far, is now on the mound.
STILL 1-0 TO TOP FIVE — 3 up, 3 down for both teams in the fourth, which means Seattle still has no hits and Beavan continued to impress —- he’s retired 10 of the last 11 he’s faced and he could be done now as we head to the fifth with the score still 1-0.
SOX LEAD 1-0 TO TOP OF FOUR — Beavan has settled down since the first and retired six of seven batters in the second and third innings, the only base runner a single to left by Escobar. Seattle, though, has no hits yet and is still down 1-0.
FIRST INNING — The M’s went down 1-2-3 while the Sox got a run on a Lillibridge leadoff double on a full count and then a single by Rios one out later. 1-0 to the second.
PRE-GAME — The Mariners are getting set to take on the White Sox, with each team wearing the traditional St.. Patrick’s Day green hats.
It’s also getting a little overcast here as what the weather guys here are calling a “big winter storm” is threatening to hit in the next 24-48 hours. The Mariners, as with every other team, is a bit concerned about rainouts the next day or two, though it’s a little more urgent for Seattle (and Oakland) since the two teams don’t have much time to get rosters set before the Japan trip.
As for today, here is Seattle’s lineup:
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Michael Saunders, CF
Miguel Olivo, C
Justin Smoak, 1B
Alex Liddi, 3B
Carlos Peguero, LF
Vinnie Catricala, DH
Mike Wilson, RF
Brad Miller, SS
Blake Beavan, P
And here is the lineup for the White Sox:
Brent Lillibridge, 3B
Kosuke Fukudome, CF
Alex Rios, RF
Paul Konerko, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Gordon Beckham, 2B
Jared Mitchell, LF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Jake Peavy, P