Mariners 12, White Sox 5: Vogelbach unleashed

The surging Seattle Mariners have only scored fewer than five runs in a game once this 2019 season (a 2-1 victory against Los Angeles Angels). Their high-powered offense went to work Sunday afternoon again as they put up 12 runs against the White Sox pitching putting their weekend run total to 29 scored over three games.

Sox starter Ivan Nova, just like Lucas Giolito yesterday, couldn’t duplicate his excellent previous start. Seattle scored six runs in the third inning tacking seven earned runs on Nova’s tab. Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith had back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners with no outs. Then on a Mitch Haniger sharp grounder, Yoan Moncada made a nice pick and tag on Gordon for the first out. There appeared to be an opportunity for Nova to escape the jam if he could induce a double play.

Instead, Nova allowed the next five hitters to reach base with three singles and walk. The fifth hitter, Dan Vogelbach, had the bases loaded when he cleared them with a three-run double. Rick Renteria replaced Nova with Ryan Burr, who did get the next two batters out in order. Alas, the damage was done and when the smoke cleared it was Seattle ahead 7-1 in the third inning. Nova’s final line was 2.1 IP 7 H 7 ER 1 BB 2 K. His season ERA balloons to 7.71.

Speaking of inflated ERA, the White Sox bullpen didn’t fare much better. Burr would allow two runs in the fourth inning, and then he was lifted for Caleb Frare who would be charged with two runs, too. With a game this out-of-hand, it was a curious move by Renteria to pitch Jace Fry, Kelvin Herrera, and Alex Colome, but they demonstrated why they are the best only allowing one run over the last 3.2 innings with six strikeouts.

That one run was Vogelbach, who smashed home runs against Frare and Colome to end his monster day going 3-for-6 with six RBI.

While the pitching was mostly terrible this weekend, the White Sox offense continued to show positive growth. After back-to-back three-hit days, Tim Anderson decided to up the ante by going 4-for-5 and almost hit another home run, but Mallex Smith was able to keep it in the park by reaching over the fence and flipping it back into play.

After six games, Anderson is hitting 14-for-25 with two doubles, two home runs, and only two strikeouts.

Adam Engel hit his first home run of the season with a solo shot in the seventh inning. The Sox would tack on a couple of more runs as Jose Abreu doubled to drive in Jose Rondon, and Moncada lined a single to right field plating Abreu.

Game Notes:

  • The White Sox won’t play against the Mariners until September 13-15, which is a good thing.
  • One extreme to another: After facing Seattle, who is averaging 7.7 runs scored per game, the White Sox now play three games against the Tampa Bay Rays who are only allowing 2.1 runs per game.
  • Ryan Cordell had a RBI double, and is 2-for-6 on the season. After the game, Cordell was optioned back to Charlotte as Ervin Santana will be activated to start Tuesday against the Rays.

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Don’t think Cordell going down is to free up Santana a day before he pitches. That’d be purposely leaving them shorthanded tomorrow.

I suspect bullpen shuffle tomorrow. Santana Tuesday.


yes, probably an extra arm for 1 day.


Fulmer or Vieira seem like the most likely choices from looking at the 40 man and who pitched today. I wonder if either them might stay and Ruiz could go after tomorrow. 

I bet Fulmer is on the plane coming up right now. He is insurance if Rodon gets hit around Monday.


I didn’t realize Melky had landed with the Pirates until I saw him trying hold back Puig in today’s brawl.


Kudos Josh for your Sox segment on wmvp with Murph and Fred this Saturday morning.

lil jimmy

Did they let Josh talk?


Pitching has been dreadful. Pretty sure we lead the league in ERA again.


Worst ERA in the AL (6.52). There is one worse team in the NL though. They happen to play their home games in Chicago as well.

As Cirensica

Funny thing is that last year, Mariners seems to do OK in the W-L column but had a negative run differential for a skewed Pythagorean results. So they unload the team, and now they are scoring a boatload of runs per game. Baseball is weird


Cordell came in on a pop up and took charge, calling off Abreu & Rondon -Eloy lets that one drop and Leury would have crashed into Abreu – point is Cordell and Engel are the only reliable OFs on this roster. Though he’s probably another AAAA player and won’t be in the picture when prospects arrive,Cordell should be out there ahead of Palka and L Garcia. And he’s shown some pop in his bat.

As bad as this bullpen is, why in hell is Herrera & Colome in this game?

Moncada starts out season on fire and gets moved down in the lineup. Wouldn’t you want him batting as high and as often as possible? It should be: TA, Moncada, Abreu, (Eloy,Alonso or Alonso, Eloy) as often as possible? Castillo clean-up? Leury is not major league CF and not major league leadoff man. He’s a 25th man utility who is forced to play…from the bench. WTF? C’mon, man.

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Moncada just moved down because their were lefty starters were out there.