Cold slap: White Sox fall to Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 5, 2013 11:24PM
Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) struck out swinging with bases loaded in the bottom of 10th inning, Seattle won 8 to 7 at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, on Friday, April 5, 2013. | Ting Shen~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 7, 2013 6:21AM
The White Sox’ bullpen has been stellar the first week with a string of 12 scoreless innings.
But when it ended in the 10th inning Friday against the Seattle Mariners, it meant an 8-7 loss and the first career loss for Nate Jones (0-1).
The loss came despite a comeback effort by the Sox, who rallied from a 6-1 deficit in the fifth to tie the game.
‘‘The good part of hitting home runs is you can get back into a game pretty quick,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of the team’s four-run fifth fueled by the first homers of the season for Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios. ‘‘We chipped away. The offense didn’t give up all night.’’
The Sox threatened in the 10th, scoring once against closer Tom Wilhelmsen (second save) and loading the bases on two walks and a single with two out. But Tyler Flowers struck out to end the game.
Mariners starter Blake Beavan, who lost his first meeting against the Sox nearly a year ago in Philip Humber’s perfect game, exited after the fifth still holding a 6-5 lead before the Sox tied the game in the seventh.
That took Sox starter Jose Quintana off the hook after a subpar four-plus innings and a rocky fifth, when he gave up five runs. He also gave up a leadoff homer to Franklin Gutierrez for an immediate 1-0 hole.
The fifth inning started when Quintana couldn’t handle a toss from Paul Konerko, who fielded Dustin Ackley’s ground ball. Ackley was safe on the error, starting a rally that saw the Mariners get five hits on Quintana’s next five pitches.
The Mariners had two doubles and a triple among their six hits in the inning, all scoring before Matt Lindstrom was summoned in relief of Quintana.
‘‘The error changed the inning,’’ Quintana said through an interpreter. ‘‘I looked at the tape afterward, and some of the pitches were right there, but they were right on them.
‘‘I felt comfortable with my command, but there are some things I can do better, and I’ll work on them.’’
The game began in 34-degree temperatures with a crowd of 15,312 at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Mariners had played in only 10 other games since 1988 that started in temperatures below 40 degrees, though the cold wasn’t foreign to the Sox.
‘‘There’s nothing you can really do,’’ said Konerko, whose single in the fourth gave him sole possession of third place on the Sox’ all-time hit list with 2,137. ‘‘I’m not big on putting a bunch of stuff on and trying to be warm. I just feel like you have to grit it out.
‘‘It’s great when your pitcher throws well because you can get off the field and back in the dugout, but you just have to have the mind-set that it’s going to be three or four hours where it will be tough, and you have to grind it out. Both teams have to play in it, and I guess that’s the old cliché, but early season, you’re always dealing with that stuff.
‘‘Before long, we’ll all be complaining about the heat, so that’s the way it goes.’’