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March 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Cactus League game #29 — White Sox at Mariners

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First inning

Blake Beavan worked a 1-2-3 first inning, getting three ground balls.

Right-hander Erik Johnson also worked a 1-2-3 inning. He got a little help from first baseman Jose Abreu on a hart hit ground ball from Brad Miller.

Second inning

It was an ugly second inning for the Mariners and Blake Beavan. After striking out Jose Abreu to start the inning, he gave up a double to Paul Konerko. Dayan Viciedo followed with a single to right. Michael Saunders misplayed the ball on the ground, allowing Konerko to score and Viciedo to advance third. Beavan then gave up a RBI single to Alexei Ramirez, a single to Tyler Flowers and a three-run homer to Marcus Semien. The White Sox scored five runs in all.

Seattle answered in the bottom of the inning with a run. Stefen Romero was hit by a pitch, Logan Morrison single to right field and Dustin Ackley drove in their first run with a hard double to right. Morrison late scored on Saunders ground ball to first base.

White Sox 5, Mariners 2

Third inning

Blake Beavan works a 1-2-3 inning with three ground ball outs.

Robinson Cano reached on a two-out error by Jose Abreu, but Abreu came back with a nice play on Kyle Seager’s hard hit ground ball to end the inning.

White Sox 5, Mariners 2

Fourth inning

Another 1-2-3 inning for Beavan.

Logan Morrison drew a one-out walk, but nothing came from it.

Fifth inning

Beavan worked yet another 1-2-3 inning. Whatever adjustment he made (not throwing it over the middle of the plate?) seems to have worked.

Mariners add another run. Mike Zunino drew a lead-off walk, Abrahm Almonte hit a hard single to right (something he really needed). Brad Miller’s deep fly to right-center was caught, but Robinson Cano hammered a single through the right side to score Zunino. The inning ended when Kyle Seager grounded into a double play.

White Sox 5, Mariners 3

 Sixth inning

The run of clean innings ended for Blake Beavan. He gave up a double to Connor Gillaspie and later a two-run homer to Paul Konerko to end his day.  Beavan’s line …  5 1/3 innings, seven runs on seven hits with a strikeout.

M’s get nothing in the sixth.

White Sox 7, Mariners 3.

Seventh inning

Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a lead-off single to Marcus Semien. But he’s erased when Mike Zunino threw him out on a steal attempt.

We got ourselves a ball game. Zunino leads off with a single off of reliever Donnie Veal. Almonte and Miller drew back to back walks to load the bases. Cano unloaded them with a double to the gap in left center. He’s kind of good.

White Sox 7, Mariners 6.

So there is this ….

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Sure looks likes Roenis Elias makes this team.

Quick reminder. …. Baker, Endy Chavez and Humberto Quintero are “20B” guys (major leaguers from last year who signed minor league deals), which means the team has to notify to them by tomorrow whether or not they would make the 25-man roster. Randy Wolf does not qualify for that status since he didn’t pitch in the big leagues last year. His opt out clause is on Thursday I believe.

If Wolf opts out, which is very possible, it leaves Elias and Blake Beavan for that spot. The Mariners would have to add Elias to the 40-man roster, which isn’t a big deal.

Beavan said he was frustrated with the five-run second inning because he got ahead of hitters and didn’t put them away. The hits came with 0-2 or 1-2 counts. The homer he gave up to Konerko was a cut fastball. He admitted, he should have probably thrown a slider.

Beavan was encouraged by his change-up and its effectiveness against right-handed hitters.



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