Teams that manage one hit in seven innings and go 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position don’t often win ballgames. The Mariners were that team Thursday in Chicago, losing 4-2 (box score) in the first of a four-game series with the White Sox.
In the eighth, with runners at first and second and one out, Franklin Gutierrez grounded out to third as both runners advanced. The tying run was in scoring position, but Mark Trumbo grounded out to second.
Gutierrez had a homer to center that brought Robinson Cano. Seattle finished with seven base hits and only one other for extra bases, a double from Seth Smith the seventh.
In his first start since being called up from AAA Tacoma, Roenis Elias (4-7) was solid, giving up three earned runs off nine hits in 6.2 innings.
Chicago’s Carlos Rodon improved to 6-5, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out five. Rodon allowed one hit in the first before facing the minimum in the second through sixth innings. David Robertson recorded his 27th save of the season, keeping the M’s hitless in the ninth.
“We had opportunities early, throughout the game and we didn’t take advantage. Bases loaded (in the top of the first) and we don’t take advantage, second and third no out (in the seventh) and we don’t take advantage.” – manager Lloyd McClendon
Mark Trumbo left a team-high five runners stranded, including his ground-out in the seventh and a foul-tip strikeout with the bases juiced in the first. The Mariners left 15 runners, more than double their season average of 6.72 . . . 3B Kyle Seager, in a grim slump, was rested. He’s hitting .196 in August with a .248 on-base percentage. Over his last six games, Seager 2-for-27 with eight strikeouts. He did pinch-hit in the ninth and grounded out. Brad Miller took over at third and went hitless.
Friday at 5:10 p.m. PT, Seattle’s Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73 ERA) will take the hill opposite White Sox lefty John Danks (6-11, 4.90 ERA).