Mariners-White Sox Preview
The Chicago White Sox are making a habit of playing from behind
during this homestand. They also have plenty of experience doing so
when Gavin Floyd starts.
Floyd takes the mound Sunday when the White Sox try to complete
a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
Chicago won its fifth straight with a 5-4 victory Saturday. The
White Sox rallied from a three-run, first-inning deficit, with
Tyler Flowers hitting a tying home run and Dewayne Wise driving in
the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Flowers entered in the third when starting catcher A.J.
Pierzynski and manager Robin Ventura were ejected for arguing balls
“It was a little different for sure, but it all worked out and
we got the win,” Flowers said. “That’s the most important
The White Sox have given up at least one run in the first inning
of four of their five wins on this homestand, which ends Sunday.
They were behind 1-0 Friday after the first and then blew a 7-2
lead in the ninth before winning 9-8.
Chicago maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the AL
Central and improved to 7-1 against Seattle this year. It has won
23 of 27 overall versus the Mariners.
The White Sox are trying to complete their first undefeated
homestand of at least six games since July 2010, but could use a
good outing from Floyd (9-9, 4.56 ERA), who only went 2 1-3 innings
against New York last Monday.
Floyd allowed three runs, five hits, four walks and hit a batter
on 58 pitches in his shortest outing of the season before Chicago
eventually won 9-6. It was the fifth time in six starts Floyd has
fallen behind an opponent.
“Gav just didn’t look like he had it,” Ventura said of the quick
pull on Floyd. “He was struggling to find location. This isn’t one
of those teams you can put guys on.”
The right-hander had another ugly outing against the Mariners on
June 2, allowing five runs, nine hits and four home runs in five
innings of a 10-8 loss in 12 innings. He had a 1.27 ERA over his
five prior starts against Seattle.
Kyle Seager is 0 for 6 against Floyd, but he homered twice and
drove in four runs Saturday.
The Mariners (61-66) have lost their last two following an
eight-game winning streak. All of those victories were at home,
though, and they have dropped seven of nine on the road.
Looking to avoid getting being swept, Seattle will hand the ball
to Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29), who hasn’t had much success against
the White Sox, going 1-7 with a 3.82 ERA.
While Millwood hasn’t had much help in those outings, averaging
3.2 runs of support, he wasn’t sharp in losing both his outings
against them this season. He gave up four runs, walked five and hit
a batter in four innings of a 4-2 loss on June 3.
The right-hander is looking to build off two solid starts – both
Seattle wins. He allowed three runs in six innings of a 5-3 victory
over Cleveland on Monday, but didn’t factor in the decision and is
winless in his last four starts.
Millwood is 0-4 with a 7.00 ERA in his last seven road starts
going back to May.
Adam Dunn, who went 0 for 4 Saturday, is 9 for 22 with six
homers in his career against Millwood.