One hit won’t win you many games.
And it didn’t for the Mariners on Friday night at Safeco Field.
Despite getting a brilliant start from Ariel Miranda and outstanding relief work from closer-on-hiatus Edwin Diaz, Seattle mustered just one hit and four base runners and lost to the White Sox, 2-1 in 10 innings.
The Mariners lost the pitching duel to White Sox ace Jose Quintana and closer David Robertson, who combined for the one-hitter.
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“There was some great pitching tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.
Reliever Tony Zych gave up the game-winning run in the 10th. The problem arose from hitting light-hitting catcher Kevan Smith, who was batting .115, with the second pitch of the inning.
“I was trying to go in and got him,” Zych said. “He didn’t really move too much. I was more mad about that than the hit at the end.”
From there, the White Sox sacrificed him into scoring position and later got a two-out RBI double from Melky Cabrera on an 0-2 slider that wasn’t quite low and in enough.
“I tried to throw a slider back foot,” Zych said. “I already watched the video and it was a pretty decent pitch, but not good enough. He stayed on it. I could have been a little better about making sure I got it in the dirt.”
Perhaps if Zych could’ve kept the White Sox scoreless, his teammates might have managed another hit and possibly another run. But there wasn’t much prior evidence to suggest that possibility.
Seattle’s offense hasn’t been quite as productive without No. 3 hitter Robinson Cano, who has missed the last eight games. Though it’s hard to believe Cano would have made much of a difference with how Quintana was dealing on the night.
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