American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, August 25th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (61-65) at Chicago White Sox (69-55), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Blake Beavan (8-7, 5.00)
Chicago - Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.76)
(Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox will have a hard time living up to
their thrilling victory against Seattle on Friday night, but the team will
give it a go Saturday as they host the Mariners in the second of a three-game
set at U.S. Cellular Field.
Winners of four straight and seven of the last 10 in order to take a 2 1/2
game lead in the American League Central over Detroit, the White Sox fumbled
away a five-run lead in the ninth inning last night, only to come back with
two runs in the bottom of the frame to capture a 9-8 triumph in the series
"From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs in about a two-minute span,"
said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski of the roller-coaster ride. "Obviously
it was a huge win, not only for the way that it happened but because of
everything that's going on with the pennant race."
After scoring single runs in the first and second innings, the Mariners took
the lead in the top of the ninth when John Jaso singled to right to score
Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders, the latter coming in after a throwing
error by Alex Rios.
But the lead was short-lived by Seattle as Kevin Youkilis knocked in Gordon
Beckham in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 8-8 and then Paul
Konerko doubled to right to plate DeWayne Wise with the game-winner. Konerko
finished with three hits on the day, while Alexei Ramirez and Adam Dunn both
knocked in three runs. Dunn, despite hitting just .207 on the season,
connected on a pair of home runs, giving him a major-league leading 38 on the
Jake Peavy started the game for the Sox on the mound, making it through seven
innings with just two runs allowed on seven hits, striking out five, but after
the offensive eruption by Seattle in the ninth he was no longer in contention
for the win. Instead, the victory went to Addison Reed, who retired two
batters while giving up three runs on two hits and a couple of walks.
Absorbing the loss was Tom Wilhelmsen, who registered just a single out in the
final frame for the visitors, as they had their lengthy eight-game win streak
halted. Seattle starter Jason Vargas was pulled after just four innings,
having surrendered six runs on seven hits, including three home runs.
Ackley and Trayvon Robinson both accounted for three hits and a couple of runs
scored for the Mariners, the latter belting his first home run of the season.
Jesus Montero added a pair of hits, including his 14th long ball of the
A first-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2007, 17th overall, Blake
Beavan readies to take the hill for the Mariners tonight against Chicago. The
right-hander won for the second time in the month of August last Sunday when
he led Seattle to a victory over visiting Minnesota.
Against the Twins, Beavan allowed just a single run on seven hits and a walk,
striking out three over the course of 5 1/3 innings of action. Now a game over
.500 (8-7) on the campaign, Beavan lost his only previous outing against
Chicago earlier this season.
As for the Sox, they have Jose Quintana heading to the hill in search of just
his second win since the first week of July. The left-hander has made seven
appearances since celebrating a win over Texas on July 5 and has only one
victory to show for his efforts.
Most recently Quintana appeared against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium on
Sunday, giving up just two earned runs on nine hits and four walks, fanning
five through seven innings, but the team still suffered a 5-2 setback and he
went without a decision yet again.
Quintana pitched against Seattle earlier this season, his first-ever action
versus the Mariners, but only pitched 2/3 innings back in early June.
Seattle, now four games under .500 on the season and 13 1/2 games off the pace
in the AL West where it is in last place yet again, has scored the fewest runs
of any team in the league with just 499 through 126 games. The Mariners are
severely lacking in power numbers, showing a league-low .366 slugging
08/25 10:41:22 ET