Game 130, Mariners at White Sox
Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Jeff Samardzija, 4:10pm
The M’s look for a series win tonight against Jeff Samardzija, one of the White Sox disappointments. Acquiring him from Oakland was one of a series of bold moves aimed at jump starting their rebuild and making a play for a wild card spot.
Instead, players like Samardzija have regressed right along with the Sox returning players like Jose Abreu. With the Royals running away with the division, even a great year from Shark may not have mattered, but his decline may be a concern as he hits free agency. Lefties have teed off on him this season, and his K%, GB% and HR% all went the wrong way. He still throws 95 with good control and flashes elite potential, but he hasn’t quite harnessed those tools yet.
1: Marte, SS
2: Seager, 3B
3: Cruz, RF
4: Cano, 2B
5: Smith, LF
6: Morrison, 1B
7: Trumbo, DH
8: Miller, CF
9: Sucre, C
James Paxton’s 2nd rehab start was mediocre, as he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, but the bullpen and bats bailed him out. Jabari Blash’s HR led the way, and the R’s won 8-3. Adrian Sampson starts tonight.
Jackson’s anemic offense was back after their 11-run outburst the other day as Pensacola shut them down 7-1. Misael Siverio starts tonight in Jackson.
High Desert beat Bakersfield 2-1. Former 3B Ramon Morla pitched a scoreless inning for the Blaze and struck out 3 around a walk. Something to keep an eye on; I love ex-position player pitchers. Tyler Pike faces off against Reed Garrett in Adelanto.
Clinton shut out Burlington 4-0 with Tyler Herb going 5 IP for the win. The L-Kings had 10 base hits. Jarrett Brown takes the hill for Clinton tonight.
Everett beat Tri City 4-1 on a bullpen day with Rohn Pierce, Spencer Herrmann and Joey Strain all tossing multiple (effective) innings. Taylor Zeutenhorst homered for the AquaSox. Luiz Gohara makes the start tonight – one of his last in yet another disappointing season.