Mariners' Bats Get Hot Against the Sox in a Losing Effort
TUCSON, Ariz - The Seattle Mariners exploded for five runs in the top of the ninth inning, but lost 9-8 to the Chicago White Sox in a Cactus League game today in Tucson, Ariz.
The White Sox won on Nick Swisher's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Trailing 8-3, the Mariners sent 11 batters to the plate in their five-run ninth, with Matt Tuiasosopo, Charlton Jimerson and Mark Kiger singling in runs.
Right fielder Wladimir Balentien, a 23-year-old rookie trying to make the Mariners' roster, was the team's hitting star, going 4-for-5, with two doubles and one RBI.
Seattle opening day starter Erik Bedard wasn't a pitching star, though. In four innings, the newly acquired 28-year-old left-hander surrendered homers to Jim Thome and Paul Konerko, giving up runs on eight hits. In three spring starts, Bedard has a 1-0 record, with an 8.00 ERA.
The 5 and 7 Mariners end a three-game Arizona road trip to Tucson at 1:05 tomorrow afternoon against Colorado at Hi Corbett Field. They'll go with their No. 2 starter, 21-year-old right-hander Felix Hernandez. Hernandez is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA this spring.