Kyle Seager just snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a two-run homer to right field, cutting Chicago’s lead to 7-6 in the eighth. Moments earlier, Raul Ibanez equalled his home run total for all of last season by hitting his 19th, a solo blast to right field on an 0-2 pitch from Shawn Camp. That cuts
3:26 p.m.: The Mariners got a run back in the fifth inning and then Jason Bay went deep to left field in the seventh to cut Chicago’s lead down to 7-3. Hey, with this Cubs’ bullpen, you never know.
2:45 p.m.: The Mariners got on the board in the bottom of the third when Henry Blanco singled, Endy Chavez doubled and Nick Franklin grounded out to the right side to bring the run in. But Jeremy Bonderman gave up his fifth double of the day, to Darwin Barney, to lead off the fourth and then Kyle Seager let a routine grounder through his legs for a two-base error that brought a Cubs run home.
Starlin Castro followed with a single to center to bring in a fifth run and end Bonderman’s terrible day. Blake Beavan came on and yielded an RBI double to Alfonso Soriano and then a single to Anthony Rizzo that makes it 7-1 for the Cubs.
1:35 p.m.: Chicago led off the second inning with back-to-back doubles by Alfonso Soriano and Anthony Rizzo off Jeremy Bonderman. That opened the scoring and then, one out later, Brian Bogusevic lined another double over the head of Endy Chavez in center to bring a second run in and then Darwin Barney drilled Chicago’s fourth double of the inning into the left field corner to make it a 3-0 game.
12:46 p.m.: Jeremy Bonderman has been on quite the roll of late. His last four starts, he’s allowed just four earned runs total while averaging more than six innings per contest.
He’s held right-handed batters to just a .163 batting average, while lefties are batting .294.
That explains why the Cubs have four left-handed batters in there today.