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Seattle0 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 9150
Chi White Sox0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 360
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  W: Y. Kikuchi (5-3)   L: C. Rodón (6-3)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 25, 2021
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 32,189

White Sox hope to keep cooking at home vs. Mariners

According to STATS
According to STATS

Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox

  1. The White Sox won two of three in Seattle in April, their first series win against the Mariners since May 2017. Seattle has won each of the last three series in Chicago, tied for its longest all-time road series win streak against the White Sox (also June 1984 -- July 1985).
  2. The Mariners are 8-2 in their last 10, with four of those wins coming by one run. Seattle has 17 one-run victories this year, three more than any other MLB club (Mets) and five more than any other AL club (four tied). Chicago has played only 18 one-run games all year, going 9-9.
  3. In 10 games since June 13, the White Sox rank 14th in the AL in runs with 3.20 per game (Orioles -- 3.08) and last in OPS at .609. Prior to that date, Chicago ranked second on the junior circuit with 5.06 runs per contest and third with a .751 OPS.
  4. J.P. Crawford has a career-best 10-game hit streak and ranks second in the AL in hits this month with 31 (Matt Olson -- 32). He is batting .328 on the road for the year, including .421 (16/38) in June.
  5. Tim Anderson has a .410 career batting average versus the Mariners (43/105). That is the best all-time mark by any player against Seattle (min. 100 PA) and the second-best mark by any player versus any single club since 2016 (min. 100 PA; Ozzie Albies vs. Cubs -- .449).
  6. Carlos Rodon is the fourth left-handed pitcher in the live-ball era with a sub-2.00 ERA and 100+ strikeouts through 12 games of a season, joining 1968 Sam McDowell, 2000 Randy Johnson and 2016 Clayton Kershaw. He and Yusei Kikuchi are two of four qualifying AL pitchers with an opponent batting average under .200 (also Gerrit Cole and Lance Lynn).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/25/2021 thru 6/27/2021

So long, skid.

After snapping a season-long, five-game losing streak with Wednesday's 4-3 victory at Pittsburgh, the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox welcomed an off day ahead of Friday's game against the visiting Seattle Mariners.

"It's all ahead of us," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said, "so enjoy it and get ready for the homestand."

Chicago is set to play its next seven games at Guaranteed Rate Field, where the team is 7-3 in June and 27-12 overall.

Seattle comes to town with victories in eight of its past 10 games, and also embraced an off-day Thursday to regroup.

The Mariners are coming off Wednesday's 5-2 home loss to Colorado. Shortstop J.P. Crawford stretched his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2-for-4 with a double.

While the defeat ended Seattle's five-game winning streak, the team nonetheless finished 7-2 on a lengthy homestand.

"We look at our homestand and we had a number of different players step up," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Big hits, quality at-bats. But there's still plenty of room."

Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (4-3, 3.46 ERA) gets the call for the Mariners, as he aims to continue a strong showing in June.

Kikuchi has worked seven innings in each of his past two starts while scattering one run and seven hits with six walks and 12 strikeouts. He has struggled against the White Sox in his career, however, going 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two starts -- a ledger of 11 runs allowed, nine earned, in 7 1/3 innings.

Jose Abreu and Adam Engel smacked solo home runs against Kikuchi when the White Sox last faced him as part of a 9-7 Chicago victory in Seattle on Sept. 13, 2019. On Tuesday, Engel was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring.

The long ball helped spark Chicago on Wednesday. Leury Garcia opened the scoring with a home run in the second inning, as the White Sox improved to 38-9 in games in which they homer.

After being outscored 33-11 during the losing streak, Chicago responded with clutch hitting and strong pitching to edge the Pirates. La Russa called it "work ball" and praised the grit of the players and coaching staff.

"It was a tough win," Garcia said. "For us to get out of that, we knew it would take something like this. We were able to put it all together today, play good baseball, and take this win."

Closer Liam Hendriks logged his 19th save, and first since June 15, with a perfect ninth.

"If anybody wants to think about the role of the closer with what we had at stake after losing some games and only one (run) up ... you see just how special Liam is and how important a true shutdown closer he is," La Russa said.

Lefty Carlos Rodon (6-2, 1.83 ERA) is set to start for the White Sox. Rodon is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners and has pitched to a 1.42 ERA in three starts in June.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 24, 2021

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