Three meetings between the cellar-dwellers of the Original Division and top-spotters of the Expansion Division.
April 27: Chicago 5, Seattle 4
This one was a heart-breaker for Seattle. The usually sure-handed John Olerud botched a play at first base that opened the door for three unearned White Sox runs that tied the game up in the home half of the sixth. The bottom of Seattle’s lineup took a one-run lead right back in the top of the seventh on singles by Kyle Seager, Olerud, and Kenji Johjima. Jamie Moyer retired the first two Chicago batters in the bottom of the seventh, but a Minnie Minoso double and Joe Jackson single led to the only earned run against Moyer of the day and the game was tied right back up. It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when a two-out double by Jackson against Arthur Rhodes drove in the walk-off run.
R H BB SEA 003 000 100 - 4 8 1 CHI 000 003 101 - 5 9 1 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Moyer 6.2 4 1 0 1 3 R. Faber 6.0 4 4 0 1 2 SEA 13-10, CHI 7-15
April 29: Chicago 6, Seattle 5 (10 innings)
Another one-run, walk-off heart-breaker for the scrappy Mariners. After Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko both homered in a four-run bottom of the first inning, the Mariners chipped and clawed their way to a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. The Sox were quick to respond with a tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a George Davis triple and Eddie Collins single. Things were still knotted in the bottom of the 10th when Mariners skipper Lou Piniella called on Arthur Rhodes again to protect the tie. George Davis reached on an error by short-fielder Alex Rodriguez, and singles from Collins and Jackson ended the affair. Rhodes allowed a walk-off run for the second straight game.
R H BB SEA 010 011 2000 - 5 12 4 CHI 400 000 1001 - 6 10 2 HR: K. Seager (5), F. Thomas (3), P. Konerko (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO F. Garcia 6.2 5 5 2 1 1 J. Rigney 6.2 5 5 1 4 1 SEA 13-11, CHI 8-15
April 30: Seattle 5, Chicago 1
Seattle finally landed in the win column in the less dramatic final game. Erik Hanson was nails for the Mariners after allowing a first inning run. When things got a little dicey in the bottom of the eighth and Hanson had runners on the corners with one out, Piniella brought in Arthur Rhodes for the third straight game in a big situation. “I trust Arthur a ton in those tough spots, and I wanted to get his disappointment about the last two games washed away as quick as possible,” Piniella explained. Rhodes responded by getting the next two batters to fly out and stranding both Chicago runners. Michael Jackson pitched a quick perfect bottom of the ninth. Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 and homered for a second straight game.
R H BB SEA 000 210 011 - 5 11 2 CHI 100 000 000 - 1 9 3 HR: E. Martinez (4), K. Seager (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Hanson 7.1 1 1 0 3 4 E. Cicotte 8.0 4 3 1 2 2 SEA 14-11, CHI 8-16