White Sox: Bats come alive against the Seattle Mariners
After being rocked by the Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox returned the favor to the Seattle Mariners in their first game of the series.
Young White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer led the attack posting his best line of the season. He got the win after the Sox defeated the Mariners 10-4.
And, he received a plethora of run support from the offense, making this a truly enjoyable game to watch.
His best start of the season
Fulmer got the game started with tough pitching. He toed the slab for six innings. His final line was impressive. He gave up three hits, two runs, and one home run. He walked one batter and struck out three. Prior to this outing, his ERA was 7.50. By the time his night was over, the ERA was down to 6.00.
He’s still got more to go to drop the ERA to something respectable. But if he continues to pitch like he did tonight, he will give the fans something to look forward to. And, at only 24 years of age, he’s just getting started.
The only two runs he gave up were in the fifth inning. After giving up a double to Mitch Haniger (who has been a tough out for most pitchers), he gave up a home run to Mike Zunino.
Lots and lots and lots of runs
After scoring only two runs all weekend against the Astros, the Sox looked like a completely different team against the Mariners. By the end of the second innings, the Sox were up 7-0. Yoan Moncada set the stage with a lead-off triple against Mike Leake. Avisail Garcia earned an RBI on his first at-bat of the game, scoring Moncada. Unfortunately, Garcia was picked off by Leake.
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But, the inning wasn’t over as the next five batters all reached on singles and doubles. Every single Sox player earned a hit. Leake’s line was embarrassing. By the time he was finished, he gave up 12 hits, 8 runs, and 2 home runs. He struck out one batter. All of this happened in 3.1 innings of work.
The best lines of the night
The highlights on offense belonged to Moncada, who went 3-5 with a home run, a double, and a triple. He had nine bases by the time the night was over. Jose Abreu also hit a home run, his sixth of the season. Tim Anderson also had a triple. Matt Davidson had a double and so did Trayce Thompson, who entered the game in the third to replace Avisail Garcia.
Yolmer Sanchez had a good day as the DH. He went 2-4 and scored two runs. He also stole a base in the second inning. Chris Beck got his first save of the season.
Next: Sox look to snap losing streak
The Sox face the Mariners on Tuesday night. The Mariners will put Marco Gonzalez on the mound, but the Sox have yet to announce the pitcher for the night.