White Sox 4, Mariners 2
With a worn down bullpen, White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave
in to Chris Sale’s request.
Sale pitched a five-hitter for his first major league complete
game and Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Sunday for its 10th
win in 11 tries.
Sale (7-2) struck out eight and walked two. It was his 10th
start this year after pitching in relief for Chicago during the
last two seasons.
Sale allowed Ventura to rest his entire bullpen after Chicago
used all seven relievers in Saturday’s taxing 12-inning loss. He
also lowered his AL-leading ERA from 2.34 to 2.29.
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. Dustin Ackley followed with a single and Sale finished the
game off by getting Miguel Olivo to strike out after a nine-pitch
at-bat. He struck out Olivo on his 119th pitch.
”I asked him to go back out. He said, `Yeah, you got to be
efficient,”’ Sale said, recalling his talk with Ventura. ”I
wasn’t as efficient as I needed to be, I’m just thankful for him to
give me that opportunity to go back out there and finish the
In Sale’s previous start, he struck out 15 in 7 1-3 innings at
”Obviously you want to go out there and be good every time out,
but I don’t think there was any added pressure after (the
15-strikeout game). I take the ball every day with the same
mindset,” Sale said.
Alex Rios drove in two runs for the AL Central leaders.
The 23-year-old lanky left-hander had to battle Olivo for the
final out. Earlier in the game, Olivo tagged Sale for a long
”It was tough. Obviously the last hitter of the game, you’re
just bearing down. He got me early. I was just really trying to
keep the ball down to him,” Sale said.
Sale continues to impress Ventura.
”Again, what Chris did today was big in a lot of ways,” he
said. The bullpen has ”been used a lot in the stretch. It’s just
nice to get some rest.”
Kevin Millwood (3-5) was beset by control problems. He allowed
four runs and seven hits in four innings. He struck out four but
”He was just missing. He didn’t quite have the command he
typically has. He wasn’t way off. When he was trying to get back,
he tried to do a bit much from time to time. He was right there, he
was just missing,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Trailing 2-0 with the bases loaded and two outs in the White Sox
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.
Control issues continued for Millwood in the third inning. He
issued a leadoff walk to Adam Dunn then hit Dayan Viciedo with a
pitch. Rios then tied the game with an RBI single.
”They were close, but they were balls. Once again, I wasn’t
locating my fastball very well. 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. Flowers and Eduardo
Escobar singled and Beckham hit an RBI single.
With two outs, Rios hit a hard grounder 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
NOTES: Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (tweaked back) ”still feels
it today” and is limited with 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.