Jack Wilson showed up in the clubhouse on crutches today - not what the Mariners were hoping to see from their starting shortstop.
Wilson bruised his heel and left Tuesday's game, and is day-to-day, although the injury is painfu and it's hard to see Wilson playing in the next few days.
That means Josh-not-Jack Wilson will fill in at shortstop.
Since Wilson arrived from Pittsburgh via trade, he's missed 10 games with a strained hamstring, two with the flu and is out now with the heel. It hasn't been the best of times for him.
The Mariners are fighting to finish with a winning record, playing a September schedule that is unkind.
With 17 games remaining, including tonight, Seattle needs to go 8-9 to win 82 games a year after winning 61.
It's Gavin Floyd vs. Ryan Rowland-Smith.
The hitting machine
Rowland-Smith buzzed through the first inning on 10 pitches, and Ichiro led off the Mariners half with his 203rd hit of the season - a double to left-center field.
Jose Lopez, who has become more of a pull hitter this season, doubled into the right field corner to score Ichiro. That gives Lopez 88 RBI, one short of the career high established last season.
Adrian Beltre singled Lopez home, but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a double.
After one: Mariners 2, White Sox 0
Rowland-Smith got out of the second by getting a ground ball double play - he's thrown only 21 pitches, so far.
The Mariners rewarded him with a bigger lead.
Kenji Johjima doubled, went to third on Mike Carp's ground ball and scored on a Langerhans fly ball.
After two: Mariners 3, White Sox 0
Mr. Carp gos deep
Floyd left the game after three innings with a sore left hip and against D.J. Carrasco, rookie Carp hit his first big-league home run - a solo shot into the right field stands.
Carp becomes the 20th Mariner this season to hit a home run - name them all and you get a free evening with Ryan Divish.
After four: Mariners 4, White Sox 0
Rowland-Smith rolls on
Rowland-Smith has lost two of his last four starts despite allowing only three runs in each of those losses.
Both were shutouts - one delivered by he Athletics, the other by the Angels - and Rowland-Smith seems to have hit upon a suitable strategy tonight.
If he doesn't allow a run, he can't lose. So far, so good. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts.That's one
An obviously tiring Rowland-Smith began the eighth inning with 106 pitches, gave up a long fly ball that Franklin Gutierrez ran down in center field.
The next batter, Gordon Beckham, ended the shutout with his 12th home run.
Rowland-Smith bore down and got the final two outs of the inning and has now thrown 116 pitches.
That'll do it for him. Great job.
In the eighth: Mariners 4, White Sox 1
And in the ninth
David Aardsma, thank you very much. And that took care of Chicago for the evening.
That's 35 saves for Mr. Aardsma, 75 wins for Seattle and 16 games to play
It's a final: Mariners 4, White Sox 1