Mariners sink to bottom of AL West as White Sox rock Yovani Gallardo

The Mariners’ starter was charged with 10 runs in a 16-1 loss to Chicago. Gallardo gave up four runs before recording the first out.

It was a game befitting their fall into last place in the American League West standings. Early in the season or not ­— and it’s really not that early — seeing your name at the bottom of the division standings is disheartening for a team that believed it was capable of so much more.

Yes, injuries have played a part in this slide. The Mariners’ roster features too many players that should be at Class AAA Tacoma or elsewhere. But Saturday’s drubbing wasn’t about who wasn’t there to contribute. It was about the last healthy member of their projected starting rotation suffering through his worst outing of the season in a 16-1 rout by the White Sox.

It wasn’t exactly an ideal performance on one of the best weather nights of an awful spring and a crowd of 33,801 in attendance. Only two teams — the Royals (17-24) and Blue Jays (18-26) — have worse records in the American League than the Mariners at 20-24. Seattle was 17-17 just 10 days earlier.

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Chicago White Sox @ Mariners, 1:10 p.m., ROOT Sports

Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo gave up four runs before getting the first out of the game, and it didn’t get much better after that as he pitched the Mariners right out of the game.

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Gallardo didn’t make it out of the fourth inning — the first time he didn’t give Seattle at least five innings in an outing this season. His final line: 32/3 innings, 10 runs allowed (nine earned) on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

“It’s definitely frustrating coming from the starts I had before that,” Gallardo said. “The most frustrating part is never giving the guys a chance to come back and battle. It’s just one of those days that everything that was put in play was getting through, and when…

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