Logan Gilbert struck out nine in a strong six-inning start Tuesday to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 win. Johnny Cueto pitched to another quality start but the Chicago White Sox offense mustered just nine baserunners. Cueto allowed one run on five hits and issued three walks in six-plus innings.
Seattle opened the scoring in the fourth. Ty France hit a double down the right field line that caromed off the wall and re-directed past Gavin Sheets. France advanced to third on Mitch Haniger’s flyout, and the throw from Sheets went wide past third baseman Yoan Moncada. The ball went into the camera well and France was awarded home.
Cal Raleigh provided the Mariners with insurance runs in the eighth via a two-run homer off of Reynaldo Lopez.
Offense Can’t Come Through
Jose Abreu’s one-out double in the sixth was his third hit of the game. He advanced to third on Eloy Jimenez’s single. But Gilbert struck out Gavin Sheets and then AJ Pollock on a high 98 MPH fastball, his last pitch of the game. It was his hardest throw of the game and brought a rare fist pump.
Pollock struck out in the eighth with two runners on base for another wasted White Sox' opportunity.
The White Sox have lost two of their last three games to fall three games behind the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians. The South Siders also trail Minnesota by a game and a half. Seattle has won eight of their last nine games and has allowed just three runs or fewer in nine consecutive games.
“It was unbelievable,” Chicago acting manager Miguel Cairo said of the pitching. “Gilbert pitched good and Johnny was able to keep us in the game and we just came up short today. It was a really good game. (Gilbert) just has a fastball (that) is hard to hit.”
Luis Robert, already ailing, exited the game in the fifth inning after suffering a bruised left hand during his first at-bat. Trainers checked Robert during his second-inning at-bat after the ball hit the knob of the bat, causing him pain. He returned to the batter’s box and struck out.
After another strikeout in the fifth, he was replaced by Adam Engel. Robert, who also strained his left wrist on Aug. 12, is day-to-day.
Miguel Cairo stated that shortstop Tim Anderson is not yet ready to start swinging a bat.
What’s On Tap Next?
Michael Kopech will start the series finale for the Chicago White Sox. He has been on the injured list since Aug 23 with a strained knee. Luis Castillo will get the ball for the Seattle Mariners. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago at 3:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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