The Mariners got some revenge on the Chicago White Sox, as the bats came to life and the Mariners took 2 out of 3 over the weekend. Kyle Seager was amazing the entire series, as he homered in all 3 games and went an insane 8 for 15. Cano also hit well in the series, going 6 for 12. Except for the continued bullpen struggles, it was all in all a well-played series from the M’s.
As much as this series overall was about the M’s offense, this first game was a classic pitcher’s duel between The White Sox’s Jon Danks and Taijuan Walker. Walker was great through 6 1/3 innings, but had to leave after what was reportedly a cramp in his hip flexor. Let’s hope it is nothing serious and he will be back soon.
The Mariners mounted some threats throughout as they managed 10 hits, but all the scoring came in the 6th when Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez bookended the inning with a pair of solo HR’s. The Mariners went on to win the game 2-0.
The Mariners led throughout in the second game, as they scored 3 in the first led by a 2 run HR by Kyle Seager. Iwakuma had another solid start, giving up 2 runs through 5 2/3. The Mariners had a bit of a scare in the 8th inning, as Wilhelmsen had to come on with 2 outs in the 8th to bail out an implosion by patchwork acquisition Kensing. The managed to get out of it though and held on to win 7-6. Cano was also terrific in this game as he went 4-4.
The final game of the series was another tight affair, as the Mariners were running out a minor league call up on his major league debut. Olmos struggled, but was able to get through 5 innings giving up 3 runs and leaving with a 4-3 lead. Seager was again on fire, going 3 for 6 with a HR and a double. The White Sox tied it up in the 7th but the Mariners were able to take the lead back in the 8th on a 2 out rally.
Austin Jackson tripled setting up an RBI single by who else, Kyle Seager. The bullpen could not shut it down though. Carson Smith tried to go a full 2 innings for the save, but gave up a run in the 9th. They eventually lost the game 6-5 on a walk off in the 11th inning.
Friday, August 28
|Chicago White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1|
HR Seager (19), Gutierrez (10)
Taijuan Walker 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (10-7)
John Danks, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K (6-12)
Saturday, August 29
|Chicago White Sox||0||0||0||4||0||1||0||4||0||6||11||1|
HR Seager (20)
Cano 4-4 (2B)
Hisashi Iwakuma, 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K (6-3)
Jeff Samardzjia, 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 8 K
Sunday, August 30
|Chicago White Sox||1||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||6||14||1|
HR Seager (21), Jackson (8)
Seager 3-6 (HR, 2B, 3 RBI), Jackson 3-6 (HR, 3B, 2 RBI)
Robertson, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K (6-3)
Rollins, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (0-1)
SSU Player of the Series
In case I wasn’t clear in the article, Kyle Seager was the clear player of the series. His 8-15 series with HR’s in each game was just terrific.
Next Side Up
The Mariners are off to Houston for a 4 game set against the first place Astros. Hopefully the recent good play continues and the bullpen gets straightened up, as the Mariners will look to play spoiler to the Astros hopes.
Feel free to comment below if you have something to say and be sure to join the SSU community by liking us at Facebook at SeattleSportsUnion.