== Windy City, Cold Bats ==
But a tough victory was scratched out in the 14th inning over the long weekend, and that’ll do.
- Game 86 (Friday) baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
- Game 87 (Saturday) baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
- Game 88 (Sunday) baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
Friday: Chris Sale was lights-out (or fireworks-out), fanning 12 with just one earned run and zero walks. Roenis Elias did his thing where he can be crazy-good but then cough up the ill-timed homers.
And if Dayan Viciedo was trying out for a RH-slugger role in a trade, he passed (4-for-4, HR).
Saturday: A pitching duel, as Felix Hernandez and ChiSox lefty Jose Quintana matched zeroes. The Sox got to Felix in the 8th, with Viciedo again making an impression with a double, and Chicago benefiting from a missed tag by Kyle Seager that was originally called an out before being reversed.
But the 2-0 lead didn’t survive the 9th, as Michael Saunders delivered the game-knotting single.
Finally, in the 14th, Saunders (single, steal) and Brad Miller (ground-rule double) combined for the winning run, and Fernando Rodney brought the bow-and-arrow to the bottom of the inning.
Sunday: And another pitching duel, between Taijuan Walker and, yes … Hector Noesi. Walker lacked control ( 5 BB in 4.0 IP), but limited the damage to one earned run, and the bullpen shut down the Pale Hose the rest of the way. But the one run stood up and the Mariner bats couldn’t deliver.
- Friday affiliate scoreboard here.
- Saturday affiliate scoreboard here.
- Sunday affiliate scoreboard here.
- Jesus Montero went 5-for-5 with a HR on Friday. Stefen Romero also homered twice in that game.
- Jeffeson Medina had a nice game for Everett on Friday: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Also Blake Holovach for Clinton: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. In the Clinton game, outfielder Chantz Mack had four hits and a steal.
- Montero had two more hits Saturday.
- And all the bats in Jackson broke free on Saturday as well. Two hits including a homer for D.J. Peterson, and the same for long-lost Julio Morban! Also getting two hits each were Leon Landry, Dan Paolini, John Hicks and Dario Pizzano.
- Saturday was also a bust-out day for Pulaski bats: over-age catcher Carlton Tenabe had four hits, with Estarlyn Morales and Jay Baum having three hits each.
- Also a good Saturday for the glamour boys in Arizona: Alex Jackson with two doubles, and Gareth Morgan with a double and a single. And pitcher Osmel Morales: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
- Tacoma got a 9th-inning win on Sunday, and Jesus Sucre laid the foundation for his impending promotion with three hits.
- Sunday also brought yet another homer for Deeeeeej! (his 20th overall), plus three more hits for Paolini.
- And Chantz Mack got three more hits on Sunday, too. Mack is now at .302/.374/.453.
- Everett broke out for 11 runs on Sunday, with not-that Kyle Petty getting a homer and a double. Texas alum and 2014 draftee Lukas Schiraldi made him pro debut and gave up 2 ER in 1.0 IP.
- And the Arizona rookies were shut down despite another double for Jackson. Ramon Morla gave up his first runs since being converted to the mound from third base.