Mariners-White Sox Preview

It’s been more than two years since Seattle beat the White Sox

in Chicago. It only seems that long since Gavin Floyd allowed a run

against the Mariners.

The right-hander looks to continue his recent dominance of

Seattle while trying to help the White Sox complete a three-game

sweep with a club-record 11th consecutive home win over the

Mariners on Wednesday night.

After holding an 8-2 scoring advantage in the first two games,

Chicago (30-33) tries for a fifth consecutive victory overall

against Seattle, which has not won in Chicago since April 28, 2009.

The White Sox have outscored the Mariners 97-46 while winning 14 of

15 meetings at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago’s 5-1 victory Tuesday matched a club-record 10-game home

winning streak over the Mariners, who also dropped 10 straight on

the South Side from 1982-83.

“Different ballpark, but same game,” Mariners first baseman

Justin Smoak said. “I guess it’s just a coincidence.”

Floyd (6-5, 3.84 ERA) is 3-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 10 career starts

versus Seattle, but has not allowed a run in 22 innings over his

last three starts against the Mariners dating to last season. He

has yielded 13 hits and struck out 18 while going 2-0 during that

span. Floyd gave up three hits in eight innings of a 6-0 win at

Seattle on May 7.

“He pitched good,” Seattle second baseman Adam Kennedy told the

team’s official website. “He didn’t get in a lot of trouble.”

Floyd has a 2.61 ERA while winning two of his last three starts,

including last Wednesday when he gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings

of a 7-4 victory at Boston.

“You just try to keep your focus and have faith,” Floyd

said.

He’ll again use that approach while trying to help Chicago to a

third straight victory and seventh in nine contests. Chicago’s Paul

Konerko homered for the second straight game Tuesday after missing

a pair of contests due to minor wrist surgery.

“It definitely doesn’t stop me at the plate,” said Konerko, who

has four homers in his last six games and hit .536 (15 for 28) with

10 RBIs his last eight.

Konerko is batting .413 with nine homers and 15 RBIs during a

14-game home hitting streak versus Seattle. He is 3 for 5 with a

home run against scheduled starter Jason Vargas (4-3, 3.96), who is

coming off his first complete game since 2005.

After he surrendered six runs in three innings of a 7-1 loss to

the Yankees on May 29, Vargas tossed a four-hitter en route to a

7-0 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.

“You’ve seen (Jamie) Moyer (spotting pitches and change speeds)

for a long time,” Kennedy said. “For some reason, the lefties that

master that seem to have a lot of success – and Jason is one of

them.”

The left-hander was not consistently able to do that last season

when he posted a 5.73 ERA without a decision in his only two

previous starts versus Chicago.

Franklin Gutierrez had two of the six hits Tuesday for Seattle

(31-30), which has lost three of four. Gutierrez is batting .200 in

18 games this season since coming back from a bout with stomach

gastritis.

After hitting a career-low .210 in May, Ichiro Suzuki is batting

.167 (5 for 30) in June following an 0-for-4 effort Tuesday.

Suzuki, however, is a lifetime .379 hitter versus Floyd.