The White Sox seem to enjoy last place in all of baseball, as they lost another game, this time to the Mariners. Something is wrong with this team, and they need to try and fix it quickly. How much farther down in the standings can this team go?
Phil Humber faced Felix Hernandez tonight and pitched well again. He lasted seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks. This brings his ERA to 2.97 on the season. For a Jake Peavy replacement, he is pitching incredibly well.
Matt Thornton came on in the eighth in relief. In 1.2 innings, he gave up a run on four hits. Thornton pitched decently, and he is gradually getting back to the Matt Thornton we have come to know and love.
The offense is still lackluster. A run scored in the fourth and in the seventh. The Sox had only five hits. Juan Pierre was batted in during the fourth on a Paul Konerko sac fly. The run in the seventh was Carlos Quentin’s seventh home run of the season.
The Mariners scored two of their three runs in the sixth. Humber walked Ichiro to lead off the inning. Ichiro advanced to second on a sac bunt from Chone Figgins and scored on a double from Milton Bradley. Bradley scored on a ground-rule double from Justin Smoak.
Bradley was ejected in the eighth inning. With one out, Figgins doubled to right. Bradley was called out on strikes and Figgins stole third on an attempted “strike him out, throw him out” play. Bradley argued with home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski and was ejected.
The last run for the Mariners was scored on a walk-off. With one out, Thornton gave up back-to-back singles to Jack Cust and Jack Wilson. Michael Saunders flied out for the second out, but Brendan Ryan singled to center, scoring pinch runner Adam Kennedy.
Hopefully the Sox can get back on track tomorrow as Gavin Floyd faces Doug Fister.