Flush from victory - 2-1 in 10 innings - the Seattle Mariners take on the rampaging White Sox, who have won nine of their last 12 and expect to win daily.
"Every game we've lost in the last three weeks, we probably should have won," Matt Thornton said, "and we didn't lose too many of those, period."
The challenge will be a) stopping the Chicago offense and b) finding Seattle's. Both teams pitch well, defend well, look nice in uniform.
David Pauley makes his second start as a Mariner, and the only thing he might like better would be facing Seattle's lineup instead of Chicago's.
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And here's your cheery note of the night: General manager Jack Zduriencik has a special scout/advisor with him tonight that most fans will remember - Woody Woodward.
- Yikes! Milton Bradley and Jack Wilson collide chasing a pop fly - shaes of Endy chavez and Yuniesky Betancourt! - but Bradley makes the catch and both seem fine. Omar Vizquel, Alex Rios and Paul Konerko then singled consecutively, but Bradley threw Vizquel out at the plate. Just another easy inning.
- With one out, Chone Figgins walked and scored on a Russell Branyan double. Welcome back, big guy. In the first: Seattle 1, Chicago 0.
- With one out, Juan Pierre and Vizquel singled. Rios flied out, deep enough to score Pierre. In the third: Seattle 1, Chicago 1.
- Bradley and Justin Smoak singled and Rob Johnson walked - all with two out. Jack-not-Josh Wilson grounded out. After four: Seattle 1, Chicago 1.
- After walking Vizquel with one out, Pauley threw something waist high to Rios, who hit it out to left field, his 16th of the season. In the fifth: Chicago 3, Seattle 1.
- Don't look now, but the base-running demons have bitten Seattle again. With one out, Chone Figgins walked. Casey Kotchman, pinch-hitting for Branyan, flied out. Figgins apparently forgot how many outs there were and ran all the way to third base while being doubled off.
- As the Mariners No. 5 starter, Pauley has pitched six innings and allowed three runs. Nice job, although it looks to be two runs too many. In the seventh: Jamie Wright pitching.
- Gordon Beckham singled and when Figgins whiffed attemting to field Pierre's ground ball - E-4 - the Sox had runners at first and third. Beckham scored on a ground ball In the seventh: Chicago 4, Seattle 1.
- Two out singles by Wilson and Ichiro and a walk to Figgins loaded 'em up for Kotchman, who struck out.
- Andruw Jones left the building, hitting his 13th home run. In the eighth: Chicago 5, Seattle 1.
- Two out singles by Milton Bradley and Justin Smoak put runners at first and third for pinch-hitter Josh Bard. He struck out. After eight: chicago 5, Seattle 1.
- And in the ninth? Nothing. It's a final: Chicago 6, Seattle 1.