The win Sunday gave Seattle its first three-game sweep at the stadium since May of 2003. It wast the Mariners’ third sweep in club history at the park since it had been built. The other sweep — a four-gamer — came in 1999.
CHICAGO — Constructed in 1991, the nondescript and semi-generic stadium on the south side has had various iterations of its name.
It was first called Comiskey Park, mimicking the grand old stadium it replaced. In 2003, it was renamed as U.S. Cellular Field after the communications giant bought the naming rights. And this year, it’s been rebranded as Guaranteed Rate Field after the private residential mortgage company based in the city bought the naming rights.
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Regardless of the name, it’s a place where the Mariners have found mostly failure and defeat.
That run of futility ended this weekend.
Nelson Cruz crushed a solo homer in the top of the 10th and Edwin Diaz carved up the heart of the White Sox lineup in the bottom of the inning, striking out the side in dominating fashion to close out a 7-6 come-from-behind win for the Mariners and earn his 16th save of the season.
The win Sunday gave Seattle its first three-game sweep at the stadium since May of 2003. It was the Mariners’ third sweep in club history at the park since it had been built. The other sweep — a four-gamer — came in 1999.
To put that into perspective, Edgar Martinez, now the Mariners’ hitting coach, played in the last three-game sweep at Chicago while the winning pitchers were Ryan Franklin, Freddy Garcia and Gil Meche.
But the present trumps any historical significance. After limping into the All-Star break, the Mariners (46-47) needed to come out strong to start the second half to stay in the American League wild-card race, particularly so because this trip concludes with a three-game series at Houston — a place where Seattle has struggled.
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