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Offense struggles as White Sox take control in game two

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

7/19 vs CWS by TOM HAYDEN 

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

The Mariners were defeated on Tuesday night by a team much similar to them record wise, the now 46-47 Chicago White Sox. Seattle came into the game on Tuesday night after a walk-off win on Monday night with confidence to keep the ball rolling. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned for the M's on Tuesday night in their 6-1 loss to Chicago. Despite the loss, 2B Robinson Canó smacked his 22nd home run of the year, and LHP Wade Miley had an outing that was "a step in the right direction" according to Mariners' skipper Scott Servais. With the loss, the M's have dropped back down to an even .500 winning percentage with a W-L record of 47-47. Seattle is now 7.5 games behind a-struggling-as-of-late Texas Rangers ball club (2-8 in their last 10 games with a current W-L record of 55-40) and 3.0 games behind the Houston Astros (50-44) in the American League West standings. The M's trail a wild card spot by 5.5 games so far at this point in the season (94 games). 

On the mound on Tuesday night, LHP Wade Miley took the ball for his 17th start of the 2016 season. Miley, who's spot in the rotation is actually not certain for the future because of Felix's return, had himself a decent outing on Tuesday night. With a clean shaven beard and trimmed hair (a new look for Mr. Miley), Wade looked to come out strong on Tuesday night. Despite suffering a loss, Miley went 6.1 innings giving up only 3 runs on 6 hits (all earned) while striking out 4 and walking 3 White Sox. Miley gave up a pair of homers to CWS Lawrie (solo) and CWS Cabrera (solo). Unfortunately, Wade's W-L record fell to a game under .500 as he is now 6-7 on the season from Tuesday night's loss. His ERA is now a 5.36 in 99.0 innings pitched this season. Relieving Miley were RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (8.56 ERA), RHP Edwin Diaz (2.29 ERA), RHP Joaquin Benoit (5.40 ERA), and LHP David Rollins (4.05 ERA). Wilhelmsen went 0.2 innings giving up only 1 hit. Edwin Diaz was lights out, as he has been in pretty much every outing he has been in so far this season as he struck out the side 1-2-3 in an inning's work. It was Joaquin Benoit who struggled in this one as he gave up 3 runs on 2 hits (all earned) while walking 1 and striking out 2 in his outing. Benoit, in his 0.2 innings of work in the ninth inning gave up a 2-run home run to CWS 3B Todd Frazier. David Rollins finished up the ball game going 0.1 innings in the ninth striking out 1, walking 1, and giving up only 1 hit. 

Offensively on Tuesday night in Seattle, the Mariners were only able to put up 6 hits on CWS LHP Jose Quintana. DH Nelson Cruz (.284 AVG) had himself a 3-hit night going 3-4 at the plate for the Mariners. It was 2B Robinson Canó (.305 AVG) who connected for the only Mariner run of the day, via a solo blast to right center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. The homer was Canó's 22nd of the season, and he now has a total of 60 RBI (trails 3B Kyle Seager by 3 for team-high). LF Daniel Robertson (.263 AVG) went 2-3 on the day with a pair of hits for the Mariners. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

KING FELIX IS BACK! The King will officially return from being on the disabled list for what has been weeks because of a calf injury. RHP Felix Hernandez has not pitched in a game since May the 27th, vs MIN. Hernandez (4-4, 2.86 ERA) and the M's will face CWS RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.40 ERA). Be sure to catch the rubber match series finale and Felix Hernandez's first start since May the 27th on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 12:40 PM PAC, 3:40 PM ET!

MARINERS 365 NOTES :

The Mariners have sent LHP David Rollins, C Jesus Sucre, and OF Daniel Robertson back down to AAA Tacoma. 

The Mariners have recalled C Mike Zunino and OF Nori Aoki from AAA Tacoma. Zunino are scheduled to start on Wednesday in the series finale. 

RHP Felix Hernandez has officially been taken off of the disabled list.

LHP Wade LeBlanc has been moved to the bullpen to make for Felix Hernandez's return to the 5-man rotation. LeBlanc's spot in the bull pen is not permanent, for he may be put back into the rotation at a later date. The rotation now includes: Hernandez, Iwakuma, Paxton, Montgomery, and Miley. 

This is Tom Hayden signing of saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue. 

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