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Gifts From The Sea

August 30 vs Seattle Mariners


Sox Project Update:
Slowly Grinding Forward
Progress measured in inches by young journeyman

Short Take:   Sox take advantage of sloppy Mariner fielding

The Sox were hoping to salvage a series split and a season series win from the Seattle Mariners this Sunday. And salvage they did, with some timely help from the Seattle defense. The Sox prevailed in 11 innings by a 6-5 score.

For the second day in a row, the Sox were down 2-0 before the third Seattle batter stepped up to the plate. Austin Jackson singled and Kyle Seager homered off starter Jose Quintana to put the Sox in an early deficit. Seager has been too hot for the Sox to handle, and he made Quintana pay for a bad pitch selection and location.

Nevertheless, the Mariners were feeling charitable today. In the bottom of the 1st, Adam Eaton worked a walk out of Mariners starter Edgar Olmos. Taking an aggressive lead, Eaton should have been picked off by Olmos, but Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison let the pickoff throw get away. Eaton easily motored into third. Then, on a Jose Abreu ground ball to short, Morrison again errored by failing to tag first base. Eaton scored, but that was the only run the struggling Sox offense could muster from that gift.

Quintana continued to struggle with pitch location in the 2nd. After striking out the first two Seattle batters, John Hicks singled and Austin Jackson homered to extend the Mariners lead to 4-1. Jose's failure to throw strikes early in the count eventually caught up with him, and by the 5th inning he had thown 104 pitches and had to be relieved by Matt Albers.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the 4th, the Sox had tacked on a couple of runs. Alexei Ramirez singled, Gordon Beckham singled, and Tyler Saladino doubled to drive in a run and put runners on second and third. Adam Eaton grounded out to drive in another run, and the Sox trailed by only 1. Albers pitched two strong innings to keep the Sox close in a tight game, and was relieved by Zach Duke in the 7th.

In the bottom of the 7th, Melky Cabrera homered off Seattle reliever Mayckol Guaipe, and the Sox had fought their way back from the early deficit. Unfortunately, with two outs in the top of the 8th, Duke gave up a triple to Ausin Jackson and a single to Kyle Seager. Seattle's hot players had done it again to the Sox, and it looked like another disappointing loss was in the works.

But the Mariners were not finished bearing gifts. In the bottom of the 9th, Trayce Thompson singled. Ramirez and pinch hitter J.B. Shuck struck out, but Thompson stole second on the strike 3 pitch to Shuck. Down to the final out, Carlos Sanchez hit a grounder to short that should have ended the game. Instead, Seattle shortstop Brad Miller threw the ball away. Thompson scored, Sanchez took second, and the inning ended in a 5-5 tie. Time for extras!

David Robertson pitched perfect 10th and 11th innings, and the stage was set for the Sox comeback. With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Ramirez singled and Tyler Flowers walked. Sanchez hit a fly ball to right for the second out, but Ramirez was able to move to third. Then Tyler Saladino rewarded the Sox faithful with a walk-off two-out single to right, and a White Sox winner.

After an off-day Monday, the Sox hit the road for three in Minneapolis and three in Kansas City. Tuesday night Chris Sale goes against Tyler Duffey at 7:10 pm on Comcast Sports Net.

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