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Sunday, August 26th
(All times eastern)
Seattle Mariners (61-66) at Chicago White Sox (70-55), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.56)
(Sports Network) - Still the team setting the pace in the American League
Central, the Chicago White Sox try to add to their current win streak as they
close out a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners this afternoon.
The White Sox, who own a lead of 2 1/2 games over Detroit for first place in
the division, got off to a bit of a shaky start in Saturday night's contest as
they surrendered three runs in the top of the first inning, but the squad
buckled down and permitted just one more run the rest of the way in order to
capture a 5-4 victory.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana was a bit sloppy on the mound as he allowed
three runs on five hits and four walks, striking out four over 5 2/3 innings,
but the bullpen managed to smooth out the rest of the contest as Addison Reed
shook off a solo home run hit by Kyle Seager to capture his 24th save of the
Seager actually had a pair of home runs for the Mariners, a club that has
dropped two in a row after ripping off eight consecutive victories. The third
baseman finished with four RBI.
"We had them kind of on the ropes and we were a couple big swings from maybe
even getting him (Quintana) out of the ballgame early and that completely
changes the complexion of the whole game," said Seager as he took over the
team lead in home runs with 15 and now has a team-leading 73 RBI as well. "He
came back and ended up throwing a really good game and going six innings. You
have to give him credit. He did a good job bouncing back."
Seattle starter Bake Beavan was touched for four runs on seven hits and three
walks, striking out just two over 5 1/3 innings as he fell to an even 8-8 on
Shooting for his highest win total since 2009 when he finished 13-10 as a
member of the Texas Rangers, Kevin Millwood is set to trot out to the mound
for the Mariners this afternoon.
Topping out at four wins in both 2010 and 2011 with the Orioles and Rockies,
respectively, Millwood has a mark of 4-10 at the moment with his newest club
through 24 starts but has won just once since May 24. The right-hander has
failed to pick up a decision in either of his last two contests, both of which
resulted in wins for his team.
On Monday the North Carolina native allowed three runs on five hits and three
walks over six innings, but he also failed to record a single strikeout for
first time this season.
If history is any indication of how Sunday's game will turn out for Millwood,
he'd be better off skipping his start because he's already lost once to the
Sox this season and is a mere 1-7 in 13 career appearances versus the club.
Countering for Chicago will be Gavin Floyd who will be seeking his fourth win
in the last five decisions.
The right-hander had some serious trouble getting into a groove in his most
appearance on Monday against the Yankees, taken out after just 2 1/3 innings
during which he allowed three runs on five hits and four walks. The Sox ended
up winning the game, 9-6, but he did not factor into the decision.
Earlier this season Floyd matched up against the Mariners and was knocked
around for five runs on nine hits, including four home runs over five innings,
but again he did not earn a decision. For his career Floyd is 4-4 with a 4.73
ERA in 15 games versus Seattle.
Seattle, which trails in the season series with the Sox by a count of 7-1 and
was swept at home by Chicago back in April, has had problems scoring runs all
season long. The club is last in the AL with a total of just 503 runs scored,
93 fewer than a Chicago club that has played one less game. The Mariners have
a slugging percentage of .367 which is also last in the league, not to mention
an overall batting average of just .234 which is better than only Oakland at
08/26 10:27:35 ET