After dropping the series opener, the Sox looked to get back to their winning ways. The Sox pitted Dylan Axelrod against a dominating pitcher: Felix Hernandez. In the end, the Sox pulled out a 4-3 winner.
Axelrod had a pretty good day Saturday. He lasted 5.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks. The error from Jeff Keppinger in the second allowed Raul Ibanez to cross home. When Axelrod left the game, the Sox were tied at one with the Mariners, thus denying him the win. Donnie Veal came on to pitch a perfect inning with two strikeouts. He picked up the win, as the Sox scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead.
Nate Jones relieved Veal, and he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Matt Thornton also pitched a third of an inning. He gave up a run on two hits, a home run by Michael Saunders. Jesse Crain finished off the eighth, pitching two thirds of an inning, allowing one walk. Addison Reed picked up his third save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth.
Sox batters did their job, pumping out four runs and ensuring a victory. Connor Gillaspie started at third, and he went 2-for-3, scoring two runs. Hector Gimenez was behind the plate, and he went 0-for-1 with a walk and an RBI, while Alejandro De Aza went 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. However, it was Alex Rios that scored the runs the Sox really needed. A two-run home run in the sixth inning off King Felix broke the 1-1 tie, and the sac fly from De Aza sealed the victory for the Sox.
Chris Sale looks to pick up his second win of the season in the series finale Sunday afternoon. He faces off against Hisashi Iwakuma, who had a great season debut against the Athletics, pitching six innings allowing just two hits and a run with no walks and seven strikeouts. He has never faced the Sox before, so hopefully the team has cleared the “I have never seen this pitcher before, so let’s not score any runs ever” hurdle that they’ve struggled with in the past.