Rain Leads to White Sox sweep
The Headline: in a rain shortened contest, Chicago has the final say as the Mariners get swept
Seattle Mariners 3, Chicago White Sox 4
When: 4:00 ET, Sunday, August 26, 2012
Where: US Cellular Field, Chicago
Umpires: Home — Jim Reynolds, 1B — James Hoye, 2B — Jim Joyce, 3B — Lance Barrett
1. Kevin Millwood
Kevin Millwood has been great at rebounding this season. He’ll meet every horrid start with a strong one.
Since giving up seven run against Baltimore August 8th, the right hander has had three quality starts in a row.
The third came today, as Millwood pitched 6.2 innings on just 85 pitches—63 for strikes. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and one walk, while striking out three.
2. Dustin Ackley
Dustin Ackley had a really strong day today, looking like a bonafied leadoff man.
The M’s second baseman was 1-3 at the dish today with one walk. He also scored a run. His walk was perhaps his most impressive at bat of the day, as he took four straight balls.
Ackley finished the series with at least one hit in all three games against Chicago. During his streak he’s hitting .462 with four runs scored.
3. Bottom of the order
Usually the epitome of an “automatic out,” the bottom of the order provided plenty of offense in today’s contest.
Justin Smoak had a great day yesterday, and continued that today with a 2-3 performance, while also scoring a run. Batting behind him was Casper Wells, whose two run shot in the fifth helped Seattle stay in the game. He finished the day 1-3.
1. Saunders Out Again
Mariner’s outfielder Michael Saunders sat out his second game in a row today with a groin injury. Saunder’s hurt himself in Friday night’s contest after an outfield collision with teammate Eric Thames.
While Saunders has slumped through the second half, his presence is always helpful in the lineup. It never hurts to have his glove out their either. Hopefully, No. 55 will be back soon, and won’t have to see the DL.
2. How this one ends
Sunday’s rain showers created the perfect baseball storm, and unfortunately the Mariners were on the wrong end of things.
The teams were dealing with showers all throughout the game, but they tried to continue best they could. Millwood looked strong throughout the day, not letting the constant delays get to him.
However, after a six minute delay to tend to the field, he finally slipped up. Tyler Flowers launched a two-run homer that became the game changer.
After two more hitters, the game was delayed for almost another two hours. At that point the umpires finally called things and the White Sox won.
You can make the argument that the delay should have been called before the Flowers home run, but sometimes that’s just how these things go. It’s unfortunate that Seattle was on the receiving end, but that’s baseball.
3. Weekend Recap
Seattle entered the weekend on a high, riding a phenomenal eight game win streak. They leave with their heads hung low.
This was not a good weekend series for the Mariners. They were swept, and that’s never fun. Even worse, they lost all three games by one run—which outside of being no-hit is the worst way to lose.
They’ll attempt to bounce back this week, but this was certainly not the kind of play anyone wanted to see from the team.
The start was delayed 2 hours, 1 minute by rain.
Chicago LF Dayan Viciedo did not start for the second consecutive game due to a sore right shoulder.
Seattle CF Michael Saunders hopes to play in Monday’s series opener at Minnesota after straining his right groin in an outfield collision Friday with Eric Thames. Chicago opens a four-game series Monday at Baltimore.