Mariners silenced by White Sox lefty Sale
The Seattle Mariners knew what to expect this time around from
That didn’t make it any easier for them.
Kevin Millwood struggled to hit his spots and the Mariners
managed just five hits against the young lefty in a 4-2 loss to the
Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Sale (7-2) struck out eight and walked two in his first major
league complete game. It was his 10th start this year after
pitching in relief for Chicago during the last two seasons.
In Sale’s previous start, he struck out 15 in 7 1-3 innings at
Tampa Bay. He struck out 11 Mariners on April 20 in a 7-3 victory
”Throwing from that angle, it’s tough to pick up – when you do,
it’s right on you,” Dustin Ackley said of the lanky, side-arming
lefty. ”The angle, how hard he throws, how long he is . all makes
it pretty tough.”
Sale allowed White Sox manager Robin Ventura to rest his entire
bullpen after Chicago used all seven relievers in Saturday’s taxing
12-inning loss. The Mariners were not so fortunate.
Staked to an early two-run lead, Millwood (3-5) walked five
batters, and allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings. He
struck out four.
After loading the bases in the second, Brent Lillibridge took a
3-2 pitch that was just off the outside corner to cut the Seattle
lead to 2-1. Millwood prevented further damage by getting Gordon
Beckham to ground out.
In the third inning, Millwood walked Adam Dunn leading off, then
hit Dayan Viciedo with a pitch. Alex Rios tied the game with an RBI
”I wasn’t locating my fastball very well,” Millwood said.
”For the most part, I was able to keep the ball on the ground, but
they found some holes. I walked too many guys. Just wasn’t able to
make pitches when I needed to.”
The White Sox took the lead in the fourth on Beckham’s RBI
single and a hard grounder by Rios that ricocheted off Millwood’s
foot. Shortstop Brendan Ryan fielded the ball and made an
off-balance throw that was too late to get Rios, allowing another
”I thought it was going up the middle and stuck my foot out. I
guess I misdirected it a little bit too much,” Millwood said.
”That’s another situation where I was able to get the ground ball,
just in a bad spot.”
The 23-year-old Sale threw 119 pitches and made only one
mistake. Miguel Olivo hit a long, two-run homer to straightaway
center on an 0-1 pitch in the second inning. The home run was
measured at 448 feet and it was Olivo’s fourth of the season.
The Mariners failed to advance a runner beyond second base after
”He did a good job pitching in, he did a good job pitching from
behind,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ”He pitched a good
ballgame against us. He just kept making pitches when he needed
Sale entered the ninth with 100 pitches. He allowed a leadoff
single by Jesus Montero, but got Justin Smoak to hit into a double
play. Ackley followed with a single and Sale finished the game off
by getting Olivo to strike out after a nine-pitch at-bat.
”It was tough. Obviously the last hitter of the game, you’re
just bearing down,” Sale said. ”He got me early. I was just
really trying to keep the ball down to him.”
NOTES: Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (tweaked back) ”still feels
it today” and is limited in his activity, according to Wedge.
Wedge believes Hernandez will make his next scheduled start on
Wednesday. He plans on making the decision on Monday. … White Sox
CF Alejandro De Aza missed the game because of illness. 1B Paul
Konerko and C A.J. Pierzynski had the day off. … White Sox OF
Kosuke Fukudome, who got a rare start, left the game early because
of back stiffness.