July 22, 2010 in Sports

M’s break through in 11th

Felix not happy about being pulled after eight
Geoff Baker Associated Press
 

SEATTLE — Franklin Gutierrez’s two-run single off Chicago closer Bobby Jenks in the bottom of the 11th inning sent the Seattle Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the stunned White Sox on Wednesday night.

Ageless Omar Vizquel looked like the star after singling home Gordon Beckham with two outs in the top of the 11th for the game’s first run.

But Jenks (1-3) allowed a bunt single up the first-base line by Seattle’s Jack Wilson leading off the bottom of the inning.

Ichiro Suzuki sacrificed him to second. Wilson advanced to third on a line-drive single by Chone Figgins, who stole second.

Alex Rios’ throw home on Gutierrez’s single to center was late and cut off in the infield. Figgins slid home and then ran into the infield to join his teammates as they mobbed Gutierrez.

Seattle got eight innings of two-hit ball from ace Felix Hernandez, then won for just the fourth time in 18 games.

Chicago lost for the fourth time in six games.

Hernandez was cruising toward his fifth complete game – plus one nine-inning outing – in seven starts when manager Don Wakamatsu unexpectedly pulled him after eight innings and 93 pitches. It was his lowest pitch count since May 7, and the ace had allowed just two singles and retired his last 17 batters. He struck out eight and walked no one.

“Go talk to Wak. Talk to somebody,” Hernandez said when asked about being pulled. “No, I don’t understand. I don’t worry about the innings. I feel good. I feel strong. What do you want me to say? Talk to the manager.”

Chicago ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Pierre lf 400000.255
Vizquel 3b 401111.276
Rios cf 500003.306
Konerko 1b 401002.304
Kotsay dh 300010.219
Lillibridge pr-dh 000000.423
An.Jones rf 400001.202
Pierzynski c 400001.235
Al.Ramirez ss 400001.281
Beckham 2b 412002.241
Totals 36141211
Seattle ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
I.Suzuki rf 400001.314
Figgins 2b 412011.230
F.Gutierrez cf 403201.257
Jo.Lopez 3b 301010.238
Kotchman 1b 301001.215
Bradley ph-lf 100000.210
Smoak dh 400002.212
Langerhans lf-1b 402001.216
J.Bard c 400001.180
Ja.Wilson ss 411001.250
Totals 35210229
Chicago 00000000001—140
Seattle 00000000002—2100

LOB—Chicago 5, Seattle 6. 2B—Beckham (16). RBIs—Vizquel (17), F.Gutierrez 2 (38). SB—Pierre (35), Vizquel (4), Figgins (25). CS—Figgins (6). S—I.Suzuki, F.Gutierrez. RLISP—Chicago 4 (Pierzynski, Vizquel, Konerko, Rios); Seattle 1 (Bradley). GIDP—An.Jones, Jo.Lopez. DP—Chicago 2 (Vizquel, Beckham, Konerko), (An.Jones, Konerko); Seattle 1 (Ja.Wilson, Langerhans).

Chicago IPHRERBBSONPERA
Floyd 7500161003.87
S.Santos 11/320010161.80
Threets 12/300003200.00
Jenks L, 1-3 BS, 2-22 1/332200105.09
Seattle IPHRERBBSONPERA
F.Hernandz 820008932.75
Aardsma 100012185.04
League W, 7-6 221111213.67

IR-S—Threets 2-0. IBB—off S.Santos (Jo.Lopez). HBP—by Aardsma (Pierre). T—2:49. A—21,529 (47,878).

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