April 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Game thread: Mariners 8, White Sox 6, top of 10th
Funny, but it seemed as if the Mariners had already blown their lead an hour ago instead of within the past few minutes. That’s the way this game has been tilting for what feels like an eternity, but the White Sox only just tied it 6-6 a few moments ago when Carter Capps and Lucas Luetge gave up consecutive singles to start the bottom of the seventh. Stephen Pryor came on and pitched well from there, getting two groundouts. But unfortunately, those advanced the lead runner from third and then on home to tie it.
Things could have turned ugly for the Mariners after that as, with a runner on third, Adam Dunn scorched a liner to right that looked like it would soar over the head of Michael Saunders. But The Condor reached up at the last instant and snared the ball on the run with his outstretched glove.
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4:50 p.m.: Blake Beavan isn’t picking his spots tonight, since he faces a Chicago White Sox lineup doing what it always does — hitting a bunch of home runs at U.S. Cellular Field. They are tied for second in the American League in home runs with the Mariners — though they have only scored six runs all season.
Throw in the cold air and this could be a good night for Beavan if he can keep the ball in the park.
7:30 p.m.: This is the kind of stuff that’s done Blake Beavan in before. Beavan just gave four runs right back to the Chicago White Sox in the bottom of he fifth and it’s now a 6-5 game, the Mariners still clinging to the lead. Beavan started the inning off by yieding an infield hit, then a double by Tyler Flowers. Gordon Beckham delivered the first Chicago run of the inning on a line drive to center that was deep enough to score the runner from third. Alejandro De Aza then hit a two-run homer to right center that really woke the fans here back up. Beavan tired to get out of the inning with no further damage and got a second out, but then Alex Rios hit a towering home run to left field to cap the four run rally and we’ve got ourselves a ballgame.
6:35 p.m.: The Mariners just scored five runs in the fifth inning and now lead the game 6-1 midway through the fifth. I guess Adam Dunn stealing a base made them really mad. Anyhow, the first seven batters reached base, there were six hits total in the inning and five consecutive hits to chase starter Jose Quintana. Jason Bay started it off with a double to the left field corner, Quintana dropped a toss to first for an error on an ensuing grounder, then Brendan Ryan singled to left to give Seattle the lead.
The big blow came next as Franklin Gutierrez doubled to left to score two more runs. Michael Saunders tripled to right to bring home another and then he scored on a Kendrys Morales single.
:15 p.m.: Blake Beavan hadn’t allowed a hit until there were two out in the fourth. But then, Adam Dunn singled and…stole a base? Yep. Beavan didn’t check over at first enough and Dunn timed his break on Beavan’s delivery and didn’t even draw a throw. That was big because Paul Koneroko hit a single after that, moving him into third place ahead of Frank Thomas on the White Sox all-time hits list. More importantly to tonight’s proceedings, the hit ties the game 1-1.
5:15 pm.: Franklin Gutierrez led the game off with a solo homer just beyond the right field wall on a 1-2 pitch from White Sox starter Jose Quintana. So, it’s a 1-0 lead for the Mariners. Gametime temperature was 34 degrees. The Mariners have only played in 10 games since 1988 where the first-pitch temperature was below 40. Tonight’s is tied for the coldest in 25 years.