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.
A Chicago mistake
Rookie Rob Johnson doubled home a run, but Franklin Gutierrez popped out.
Betancourt - second pitch swinging - then popped out.
Luck is not his friend
Two starts ago, against the Angels, he pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up two runs and lost.
To the ninth: White Sox 2, Mariners 1
One last shot
Pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney struck out. Beltre stole third base.
Final: White Sox 2, Mariners 1