SEATTLE — When is a win more than a win? When a 16-run demolition against an already extremely banged up Mariners pitching staff forces them to use their would-be Sunday starter as a mop-up man, and call up the walk-addled Chris Heston for his first start of the year.
Heston began his Sunday afternoon missing arm-side, and by the time he had begun to settle down at all, Melky Cabrera, Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier all had drawn walks. And after four-straight two out hits, including curious swinging bunt singles from Tim Anderson and Kevan Smith, all three and more had scored, as the White Sox (20-22) cruised to a 8-1 victory in Seattle.
“We’ve been swinging the heck out of the bats,” Anderson said. “We just have to keep it going and have fun with it. When we swing the bats we can do some damage.”
After bruising Heston for a five-run first, the Sox could be forgiven for taking their foot a little off the gas. An Anderson solo shot lifted over the fence to left resumed…