Seattle’s home run derby continued Saturday in Chicago. The Mariners hit three more home runs to bring the season total to 24 dingers in 2019. Seattle became the first team with at least 23 home runs in their first 10 games of a seaon since the 2006 Detroit Tigers hit 25.
Both teams were quiet in the first two innings, but the Mariners got the scoring started in the top of the third. Mitch Haniger laced a double to left center field to score Mallex Smith. 1-0 M’s
Seattle kept Chicago off the board in the bottom of the inning, and then added to their lead in the top of the fourth. First was Jay Bruce’s solo home run. 2-0 M’s.
After Edwin Encarnacion and Tim Beckham reached base, Ryon Healy smacked a double to right field scoring both men on base. 4-0 M’s.
The White Sox got off the mat in the home half of the fourth inning. Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu clubbed a solo home run to bring the Mariner lead down to three. 4-1 M’s.
The next half inning (top of the fifth), Beckham made the Sox pay with a three run bomb to left field. M’s extended the lead to 7-1.
In the sixth inning, Domingo Santana joined the party with a single to center, which scored catcher Tom Murphy. M’s 8-1.
Tim Anderson might want to play Seattle more often. In game one, Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run, 3 RBI and four runs scored. Today, Anderson hit 3-for-4 (again) with a home run (again) but just one RBI. His seventh inning homer gave Chicago it’s second run of the day. M’s 8-2.
Jay Bruce decided one home run wasn’t enough. He drubbed another ball out of the park to put the Mariners back up by seven. 9-2 M’s.
Seattle got in some trouble in the bottom of the ninth, but never let a run score. With runners at first and second, new Mariner reliever Connor Sadzeck, was able to get a line out and a ground out to end the game. M’s win 9-2.
Mike Leake got the start and the win for Seattle. White Sox starter Lucas Giolito picked up the loss.
Leake: 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, 0 BB | Giolito: 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 4 K, 4 BB
Plenty of Mariners had good days in the Windy City, but Tim Beckham’s line was ridiculous.
Beckham: 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 K.
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