The Chicago White Sox showed they still have a little life in them with some extra inning dramatics in the extra innings, defeating the Seattle Mariners, 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday night.
Chicago’s win at Safeco Field was one of uncertainty, as they didn’t score their first run until the seventh inning, tying the score at 1-1.
The win by the White Sox also snaps a four-game losing streak, putting them at 56-62 on the season, while the Mariners are 61-55 overall.
For the White Sox, the game-winning hit was off the bat of Conor Gillaspie. It was not only the game-winning hit in the top of the 10th, but a two-out line drive to right field which scored Jordan Danks.
Danks, who was recalled on Saturday, initially reached the bases on a force out.
Then not only did the White Sox score the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, but they kept the lead in the bottom half with Jake Petricka pitching a scoreless 10th inning.
The game ended on a double play.
Abreu finished the game 2-for-4 with one run as the designated hitter. Also with two hits was Ramirez, also finishing 2-for-4.
This team … if the bullpen would have stayed healthy and performed just a little better this season, it makes me wonder just how much better the overall record would have been at this point in August.
The White Sox showed us all tonight they still can perform to a high ability in the clutch moments if they need (or want) to, but if just a couple of big-time changes would have been made with this bullpen (or one of the two closers would have been healthy) it honestly makes me wonder if this ball club would have had a realistic shot at the postseason.
As for Saturday, the winning pitcher was Eric Surkamp, which was his first win of the season. He pitched two-thirds of an inning.
Hector Noesi was the White Sox starter, going 7.1 innings for a no-decision. He allowed one run (unearned) on five hits and one walk. He struck out four.
The loss went to Fernando Rodney of the Mariners.