American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 2nd
(All times eastern)
Seattle Mariners (23-31) at Chicago White Sox (30-22), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hector Noesi (2-6, 5.01)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.02)
(Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox look at add to their longest winning
streak in two years as they host the Seattle Mariners for the second leg of a
three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago has won 10 in a row and 11 of their past 12 to take over first place
in the American League Central. The White Sox continued their across-the-board
success on Friday during their 7-4 win in the opening game of the series.
Seattle scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to even the score at
four before the home team received clutch RBI hits from Alexei Ramirez and
Alejandro De Aza.
Jake Peavy (6-1) gave up two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings and Matt Thornton
gave up the other two runs in his one inning of action. The White Sox sealed
the win with excellent relief work by Jesse Crain and Addison Reed.
Chicago's offense, especially the top of the order, was productive in the
opening contest of its nine-game homestand. Gordon Beckham extended his
hitting streak to eight games by belting two home runs and Adam Dunn went yard
for the 17th time this season.
"We just kind of take it day-by-day and just try to play as good as we can
that day," Dunn said about his team's win streak.
As a team, the White Sox are batting .312 with 18 home runs and 17 doubles
during their winning streak. Chicago's offense will need to stay hot to help
out its right-hander Gavin Floyd in this one.
Floyd showed mild improvement his last time out as he picked up a win after
going five innings and surrendering five earned runs and 10 hits. Floyd has
given up four home runs, 28 hits, and has a 12.89 ERA over his last three
Seattle will counter Floyd with Hector Noesi. The righty has been solid as of
late. Noesi posted back-to-back eight-inning outings and only gave up three
runs each time, but he lost both events due to a lack of run support. His ERA
for the month of May was 3.22.
However, Noesi gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings on April 20 in his first
clash with the White Sox. He has not recorded a victory in five decisions.
Dunn homered off of Noesi last season when the pitcher was a reliever for the
The Mariners' late rally showed they will not be a cakewalk for Robin
Ventura's club in this series. Kyle Seager provided a spark with a two-run
shot and also drove in a third run. Justin Smoak went 2-of-3 with an RBI and
walk in the losing effort. Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 and scored a run in his
return to the leadoff spot. The All-Star outfielder had batted in the No. 3
position for the past 52 games.
Smoak has gone 6-of-11 with two home runs, seven RBI, five runs scored, and
four walks in his last three games.
"It was good for us to get a couple of runs there, battle back and give
ourselves a chance," Seager said about the eighth inning.
Seattle will look to carry that momentum into Saturday against a team that has
had its number in recent history.
The White Sox swept a three-game series in Seattle from April 20-22 this
season and are 20-3 in the past 23 matchups between the teams. Seattle is 2-15
at U.S. Celluar Field since 2008.
06/02 10:32:22 ET