Chicago Completes the Sweep in Seattle
The Headline: On a not so perfect Sunday, the Seattle Mariners suffer a series sweep at the hands of the Chi-Sox
Seattle Mariners 4, Chicago White Sox 7
When: 4:10 ET, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Marvin Hudson, 1B — Tim Mcclelland, 2B — Ted Barrett, 3B — Brian Runge
1. Ichiro Setting the Table
Ichiro Suzuki has been a less than ideal cleanup hitter this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s limiting his offensive value.
The M’s rightfielder went 2-5 today, scoring 1 run. His ability to set the table for the 4-5-6 hitters has picked up the middle of the orders production.
2. Alex Liddi
The 23-year old prospect from San Remo, Italy, continues to produce.
Alex Liddi went 1-3 today with an RBI and a walk. If guys like Seager and Olivo continue to struggle, that may open starting opportunities for Liddi.
3. Production from Olivo
Speaking of Miguel Olivo, the M’s catcher finally did something today. Still no homers, but the veteran backstop managed to go 2-4 today with a run.
1. Millwood Breakdown
Kevin Millwood was absolutely masterful in his first start of the season, which was at Texas. How could anyone not get excited about that.
Well, since then things have stunk, and they only got worse today. Millwood is now 0-1 with a 10.88 ERA, spanning 11.1 innings, over his last two starts.
The struggles of the Mariners bullpen has been well documented this season. Outside of Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen has been the only other bright spot.
Until today, when Wilhelmsen gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1 inning of work. Let’s hope his struggles are short lived.
3. Late Inning Disasters
The Mariners have not been a late inning team this season, and that was only personified today. A combination of bullpen implosions, and inept bats, have threatened every late inning Seattle lead.
Today the Mariners were outscored 5-0 after the 4th innings. The had only 1 hit after the 6th, while the bullpen gave up 2 insurance runs in the 8th.
Seattle has to win back the 7th, 8th and 9th innings if they want a chance at AL West glory.
The White Sox have won 10 of the past 11 meetings with Seattle, including six straight. … Danks improved 7-4 in 12 starts against Seattle. … The Mariners have lost seven of their last eight Sunday games.