Rapid Reaction: Mariners 8, White Sox 7
April, 5, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox rallied to force extra innings Friday, but the Seattle Mariners came through in the 10th with an 8-7 victory.
How it happened: In his second inning of work in the 10th, White Sox reliever Nate Jones gave up a pair of runs. They were the first two runs the White Sox’s bullpen had given up in the first four games. Dewayne Wise had an RBI in the 10th inning, but the White Sox left the bases loaded when Tyler Flowers struck out to end it. After White Sox starter Jose Quintana faltered, the offense put together a rally. Quintana was roughed up for six runs (five earned) over just four innings, failing to get an out in the fifth. Paul Konerko's RBI single in the fourth inning was his 2,137th hit with the White Sox, breaking a tie with Frank Thomas and moving him into sole possession of third on the club’s all-time list.
What it means: The White Sox put on their overalls and went into the manufacturing business for the first time this season but ultimately fell short. Give them credit for creativity as Adam Dunn helped to get things going with a steal just ahead of an RBI single from Konerko. Flowers also doubled in a run while Alex Rios brought home the tying run on a ground out. Their 10th-inning rally fell just short. Before the game, the White Sox had scored six of their first seven runs on home runs. Of course they went deep in this one too with Rios and Alejandro De Aza hitting home runs.
Outside the box: The Mariners had figured out Quintana so quickly and thoroughly that they knocked him from the game by collecting hits on his last four pitches. Seven batters reached base in succession against Quintana in the fifth inning, including one on his own error when he tried to bare hand a throw from Konerko while covering first base.
Off beat: Call it the initiation of the new guy as reliever Matt Lindstrom was asked to pitch 2 1/3 innings after Quintana was yanked in the fifth inning. The free-agent signee showed he was up for the challenge by striking out two and not allowing a hit. The outing matched a career long for Lindstrom, who also got seven outs in an outing last year.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the middle game of the three game series. He will be opposed by Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez (1-0, 0.00) in the 12:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.