White Sox fall to host Mariners 8-4
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tony LaRussa (photo courtesy of USA Today Sports)

(SEATTLE) – The Chicago White Sox lost ugly on Wednesday, dropping a game to Seattle 8-4 and finishing their first road trip of the season at 3-4. There was more shaky defense too for a fitting end to a bad defensive road trip. There was suspect baserunning. And missed opportunities offensively afforded by 10 walks by Mariners pitchers on the day. And there was lousy managing in the Mariners’ seven-run sixth inning. Tony LaRussa said that himself. He said the team was in an excellent position going into the sixth inning, and the best way to explain it is, he did a really lousy job managing that inning. After pulling Dallas Keuchel at 93 pitches with a 4-1 lead, two runners on and no outs, LaRussa left Matt Foster in to face eight hitters, grinding through 34 pitches. Nobody warmed up while Foster labored, unable to put a previously tame Mariners lineup away with two strikes. After five hits including a three-run double by Kyle Seager and one walk, LaRussa finally called on Jose Ruiz, who got a groundout with his second pitch to end it. The Sox are playing without Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Adam Engel and Jimmy Cordero, which are significant losses to the team.