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Mariners 8, White Sox 6: Comeback falls short

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Valiant effort by the offense falls short as Seattle torches John Danks.

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In the attempt to sweep Seattle and end the west coast road trip with a winning record, the White Sox fell short losing to the Mariners, 8-6. At one point, Chicago was down 7-1 as starting pitcher John Danks continued to struggle away from U.S. Cellular Field.

The Mariners scored four runs in the third inning when Jesus Sucre (who was batting .080) singled to center field to drive in Mark Trumbo. The rally continued when Nelson Cruz hit his 22nd double of 2015 to bring home Sucre and Austin Jackson. Cruz himself later scored thanks to a "Kansas City Special" to right field by Franklin Gutierrez. The onslaught could have continued, but on the relay the White Sox tagged out Robinson Cano for the TOOTBLAN, ending the inning. Cano found a way to save face in the fifth inning, unloading on Danks for a two-run homer to put the Mariners up, 7-1.

Things got interesting in the sixth. Mariners starter Taijaun Walker was having himself a good game. At one point, he had retired 10+ hitters in a row, but h began to show fatigue. Scoring started with Tyler Saladino coming thisclose to hitting a home run, instead having to settle for a double as the ball landed at the bottom of the wall in left center. Eaton scored all the way from first base thanks to a bobble during the relay. If the Mariners cleanly fielded the ball off the wall, there was a good chance that Eaton would have been tagged out at home.

Down by five, the next batter was Jose Abreu, who crushed a 75 mph curveball to out to left center for his 23rd home run in 2015 to make it 7-4. The rally continued, as Avisail Garcia singled sharply to centerfield. Adam LaRoche, who has been dealing with struggles all season long, connected on a Logan Kensing (a lefty!) 92 mph fastball for his 12th home run of the year, which cut the deficit to a single run.

Unlike the night before, Chicago couldn't convert off Seattle's bullpen. The combo of Kensing, Carson Smith, and Tom Wilhelmsen pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing only one hit while striking out three to preserve the win.

Bullet Points:

  • Danks is really bad on the road. 2-7 with a 5.98 ERA compared to 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • Abreu is back on pace to hit 30 home runs and 100 RBI this year (31, 101 to be exact)
  • White Sox come back home for the next seven games against the Boston Red Sox and the Mariners. Good chance to gain some games and get closer to .500
Record: 58-64 | Box ScorePlay-by-Play