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White Sox-Mariners Preview

Sep 16, 2009 - 6:49 AM By MIKE LIPKA STATS Writer

Chicago (71-73) at Seattle (74-70), 10:10 p.m. EDT

The Chicago White Sox are trying to hang in the AL Central race and create some drama in the season's final week. Consistency from Gavin Floyd would certainly help.

Floyd will try to buck his trend of troubles on the road when the White Sox continue their West Coast trip with the second of three games against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Chicago erased an early three-run deficit to beat Seattle 6-3 in the series opener Tuesday, moving within 5 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the division.

The White Sox also trail Minnesota and have plenty of work to do with just 17 games left, but six of their final nine contests are against the Tigers, who lost 11-1 to Kansas City on Tuesday.

"(The score) is up on the scoreboard, so of course you look," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "Being on the West Coast is odd because their game is over before ours even starts. But you know, you would have to be lying to yourself if you say you don't look."

After scoring four or fewer runs in five straight games before Tuesday, the White Sox (72-73) figure to need strong pitching to have a chance at defending their Central crown. Their last three starting pitchers have turned in quality starts.

Floyd's effort to open the road trip, however, was unimpressive. After Floyd (11-10, 3.98 ERA) took a perfect game into the sixth inning of a 5-1 home win over Boston on Sept. 5, he struggled Friday in Anaheim, allowing five runs in five innings of a 7-1 loss to the Angels.

"It was maybe the worst-pitched game he's had in a while," manager Ozzie Guillen told the White Sox's official Web site. "His command wasn't like it usually is."

There's been a stark disparity between Floyd's performance at home (2.47 ERA) and on the road (5.36) all season, and seven of his 10 losses have come outside of Chicago.

One of those came in Seattle on Aug. 10, when he allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-4 defeat. In two career starts at Safeco Field, Floyd is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA. Ichiro Suzuki is 6 for 14 with two walks for a .500 career on-base percentage against the right-hander.

The Mariners will counter with Ryan Rowland-Smith (3-3, 3.88). The Australian left-hander has allowed three runs in each of his last three starts, averaging 7 2-3 innings in those outings, but he's 1-2 in that stretch due to minimal run support.

His seven strong innings didn't stand up to a shutout by the Angels' John Lackey on Thursday in a 3-0 loss.

"I am really proud of the progress he's made since he's come back (from the minors July 24)," manager Don Wakamatsu told the Mariners' official Web site. "His poise and presence on the mound was good (Thursday)."

This will be Rowland-Smith's first start against the White Sox.

No team has won back-to-back games in the season series between Chicago and Seattle this year, with the White Sox winning four of the seven matchups. Seattle has been struggling lately, though, losing seven of nine overall and scoring three or fewer runs in six of those games.

Although the Mariners (74-71) have a better record than Chicago, they are close to being mathematically eliminated in the more difficult AL West.






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  • Mariners 4, White Sox 1 - FINAL
    CHI WHITE SOX ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    S Podsednik lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .303
    G Beckham 3b 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .274
    A Pierzynski c 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .314
    P Konerko 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .282
    A Ramirez ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .280
    J Dye rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .252
    C Qu

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  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GORDON BECKHAM (12) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.315, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 1, Mariners 4  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 17 12:02 AM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIKE CARP (1) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF D.J. CARRASCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0, SEATTLE 4
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R LANGERHANS (.206, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    White Sox 0, Mariners 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 16 11:05 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RYAN LANGERHANS SCORED KENJI JOHJIMA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J WILSON (.268, 3 HR, 8 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Mariners 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 16 10:37 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADRIAN BELTRE SCORED JOSE LOPEZ
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A BELTRE ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.250, 8 HR, 21 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Mariners 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 16 10:23 PM


  • AL
    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LOPEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K GRIFFEY JR. (.219, 15 HR, 46 RBI)

    White Sox 0, Mariners 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 16 10:19 PM