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June 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Mariners open homestand with fairly easy win over White Sox

There was ample evidence before this 4-2 win by the Mariners that they were facing a Chicago White Sox team that isn’t very good, to put it mildly. The White Sox have now lost seven in a row and sit last in all the big offensive categories.

Tonight, we saw a good example of why as the Chisox never really threatened in the game after taking that 1-0 lead in the second. Even when they got the odd baserunner, the White Sox put together some terrible at-bats punctuated by bad swings and questionable pitch-taking.

Bad teams complain about umpires all the time and the White Sox did their share of griping at plate ump Dale Scott in this one. I won’t go into that too much, since we’ve seen the Mariners bickering all too frequently about umps this year and especially in prior seasons.

Thing is, when you don’t really have a clue at the plate — and the Chisox do not appear to have one — you’re going to strike out a lot and eventually an ump gets blamed for that somewhere down the line.

In other words, the Mariners were really in need of an opponent like this in order to try to stabilize after that lousy road trip. Now, they’ve got Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma set to pitch the final two games. Really, at this rate, anything less than a sweep would probably leave the Mariners disappointed. The way this past month has gone, they need a sweep in the worst way right about now.

They are still eight games below .500 and need to maximize their returns against teams like these if they are to have any hope of getting back near .500 before the All-Star Break, which is going to be on us before we know it.

So, this was a start.

Good outing by Joe Saunders, who took what he got from the White Sox — much of it in the form of some charitable swings — and didn’t muck it up.

Raul Ibanez was the story of the game with that 13-pitch at-bat for the home run. And then, Tom Wilhelmsen got to close out the ninth to try to right himself a bit after the tough road trip. He gave up a walk, then a rum-scoring single to Adam Dunn before retiring the side. Still has work to do.

Comments | More in postgame | Topics: tom wilhelmsen; joe saunders; raul ibanez; dale scott

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