You can count the in-house attendance for Game 1 of the double header in the hundreds, not the thousands.
It's always the case: an April game, not on the schedule, played on a week day, in bad weather ....
Put another way, if both benches emptied, then charged the stands as one, fans would be out-numbered. They may continue to wander in as the game goes along, but it will be getting colder.
We're off - 39 degrees and falling.
Three innnings in, the Mariners have worked Chicago starter Bartolo Colon for 48 pitches - not bad considering they've had only one baserunner.
Chris Jakubauskas, by contrast, has thrown an economical 31 pitches over three innnings - and no White Sox batter has reached base.
Seattle's goal is to get Colon out relatively early and eat away at the Chicago bullpen.
After three: No score.
Bad time for a bad pitch
After walking a batter, Jakubauskas gave up a single to Carlos Quentin, then got the second out of the inning.
On a 1-1 pitch to Paul Konerko, the rookie right-hander left a fastball up, and Konerko doubled into the left field corner for two runs.
Into the fifth: White Sox 2, Mariners 0
A Chicago mistake
Russell Branyan drew a walk and Jose Lopez grounded to third base - but second baseman Brent Lillibridge dropped the relay, so everyone was safe.
Rookie Rob Johnson doubled home a run, but Franklin Gutierrez popped out.
Yuniesky Betancourt - first-pitch swinging - just missed the left field foul pole. Foul ball.
Betancourt - second pitch swinging - then popped out.
To the bottom six: White Sox 2, Mariners 1
Luck is not his friend
Jakubauskas has thrown a marvelous game - eight innings, two hits and two runs allowed - and is about to see his record drop to 1-3.
Two starts ago, against the Angels, he pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up two runs and lost.
The kid from the indpendent league doesn't have the greatest numbers or much luck, but he's shown he can pitch in the bigs.
To the ninth: White Sox 2, Mariners 1
One last shot
Adrian Beltre aboard on an error, Jose Lopez a one-out walk - and there it was, a point-blank scoring opportunity.
Pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney struck out. Beltre stole third base.
Pinch-hitter Wladimir Balentien flied out.
Final: White Sox 2, Mariners 1
Second game starts at 5:11 p.m. (PDT)