The Mariners seemed made a beeline for a random finish to perhaps the longest days of the period as evening transformed into evening in Chicago on Sunday.
Down six runs and without a hit through five innings of a seven-inning game in the nightcap of a rainout-constrained doubleheader, few would have addressed it had the Mariners transformed compliant and gone unobtrusively into the evening.
All things being equal, two innings later there the Mariners were, releasing an uprising that caused the White Sox to bring in nearer Liam Hendriks to get the last two outs of a 7-5 Chicago win. It’s anything but a misfortune that Mariners administrator Scott Servais thought may have said exactly that about his group as the triumphs in the initial two rounds of the arrangement.
“Great exertion by our folks,” Servais said of a group that scored one in the 6th and afterward three in the seventh, all on a homer by Mitch Haniger, to transform a 7-1 laugher into potential harm time for the host group. “Toward the end, no one is giving at-bats away. We constrained them to get their nearer in a game they most likely idea they had wrapped up. So it’s anything but a great deal about how we are playing.”
As did the whole arrangement as Seattle took two of three from the American League Central pioneers.
On Friday, the Mariners beat Carlos Rodon in a 9-3 win. Also, in the principal game Sunday, they utilized opportune hitting and trustworthy — and now and again gaudy — handling, to pull off a 3-2 win on a Taylor Trammell homer with two outs in the highest point of the 10th in the finishing of a game suspended Saturday.
That win — in a game that drew national attention when reliever Hector Santiago was tossed for suspicion of having sticky substances in his glove, an accusation the Mariners are disputing and think will get overturned — meant that had Seattle won the second game Sunday the Mariners could have tied a season high by going five games over .500, and doing so for the first time since April 24.
That goal, though, seemed a lost cause when the White Sox used a bases-loaded-clearing double by Zack Collins off Rafael Montero to take a 7-1 lead after four.
Seattle’s only run to that point had come without a hit in the third thanks to a bases-loaded walk by Kyle Seager.
The game was a weird one from the start with Seattle having to use five relievers to go the seven innings because scheduled started Marco Gonzales was back home to be with his wife, who is giving birth to the couple’s first child (Seattle used all 11 relievers it had available at some point during the day).
After the Collins double, it felt like time to start the buses.
But a Haniger double to lead off the sixth — Seattle’s first hit of the game — a Seager walk and a Dylan Moore single made it 7-2. When Jake Fraley then lined a single to left, a full-on comeback seemed on.