July 31: Seattle 4, Chicago 3
Chicago starter Ed Walsh relies on his fielders about as much as any pitcher in the league, and they let him down in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. Outfielders Minnie Minoso and Chet Lemon started the frame with back-to-back boners. Singles from Ken Griffey, Jr. and Kyle Seager brought those two runners home, and then Minoso made another error that allowed another two runs to score. The fielders cleaned it up from there, and Walsh never did allow an earned run, but the Seattle hurlers managed to barely make those four runs hold up.
Randy Johnson was good, but loaded the bases with just one out in the eighth. Michael Jackson moonwalked to the mound and picked up the Unit with back-to-back strikeouts. But then in the ninth, Jackson gave up a two-run homer to Robin Ventura that got the Sox within a run with no outs. In came Arthur Rhodes, who got in a pickle with runners on the corners and only one out, but he got Frank Thomas on a lineout and Lemon on a groundout to squeeze out the win for Seattle.
R H BB CHI 000 001 002 - 3 8 7 SEA 400 000 00x - 4 9 0 HR: R. Ventura (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Walsh 8.0 4 0 0 0 3 R. Johnson 7.1 1 1 0 6 5 CHI 55-48, SEA 55-49
August 1: Chicago 3, Seattle 1 (10 innings)
Jamie Moyer and Thornton Lee put on a show. Moyer allowed no earned runs in his eight innings, but an Alvin Davis error helped Chicago score one. The only mar on Lee’s day was back-to-back doubles from A-Rod and Kyle Seager that got the Mariners their only run against Lee.
J.J. Putz was on the mound for Seattle in the tenth and started things off with two walks. Luke Appling drove in both runners later in the frame to win it for Chicago.
R H BB CHI 000 001 000 2 - 3 7 9 SEA 010 000 000 0 - 1 6 1 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO T. Lee 9.2 1 1 0 1 3 J. Moyer 8.0 1 0 0 4 4 CHI 56-48, SEA 55-50
August 2: Seattle 3, Chicago 0
Just as in game one, the Mariners got all their runs in the bottom of the first and they were unearned. This time it was a Frank Thomas error combined with three Seattle singles that gave Seattle the game and series-winning runs.
Erik Hanson had a career day as he twirled his first shutout and held the strong Original Division lineup of Chicago to just two hits.
The teams split their six games together for the season.
Chicago was white-hot coming out of the All-Star break against other Original Division teams, but has been slowed down to just two wins in their last six games, all against Expansion Division teams.
Seattle’s Expansion Division lead grew to two games.
R H BB CHI 000 000 000 - 0 2 3 SEA 300 000 00x - 3 4 5 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rigney 8.0 3 0 0 5 5 E. Hanson 9.0 0 0 0 3 3 CHI 56-49, SEA 56-50