Haniger homers but Mariners sunk early

Zunino launches first HR but Leake allows 8 runs during 3 1/3 IP

April 23rd, 2018

CHICAGO -- Mitch Haniger kept his home-run streak alive, but the White Sox hit Mariners starter Mike Leake hard and often, making Haniger's feat a footnote during the 10-4 loss on Monday night.
As much as the Mariners' right-hander labored to keep his pitches away from White Sox hitters, his pitches instead found Chicago's bats. By the time Leake departed after allowing eight runs and 12 hits over just 3 1/3 innings, the White Sox had done enough damage to snap a seven-game losing streak.
From the beginning, Leake's problems were easy to detect.

"I was giving them too many pitches to hit in the middle of the plate," he said. "Some games are going to be that way, and unfortunately, today was that way."
Leake added: "The hitters in the game are going to dictate how far you're going to go sometimes. Today, I just didn't go deep."
Haniger homered for the fourth consecutive game with a solo shot in the seventh inning and finished the night 2-for-4 with a double. The Mariners also got a two-run Mike Zunino homer in the fifth to cut into an eight-run deficit. But by the time the Mariners got on the board, the White Sox had chased Leake, who failed to retire a hitter in the game until Chicago had sent eight batters to the plate.

"We've seen Mike struggle a little bit in the first inning before, but the ball was up tonight and he had a hard time getting it down and out of the middle of the plate," said manager Scott Servais, who characterized the loss as a "clunker". "Mike's been outstanding for us. He just didn't have it tonight."
added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for the Mariners, who ran themselves into a double play in the seventh following Haniger's home run when Zunino and got caught in a rundown before both ended at second base.

Hit parade: Leake allowed a triple to to start the first inning. The White Sox strung together seven consecutive hits and scored five runs before Leake, who threw just 65 pitches before his exiting in the fourth inning, finally got to fly out. Moncada finished a single shy of the cycle.
Blast off: The Mariners had managed just one hit until the fifth inning when they finally tagged White Sox starter with a pair of runs. Zunino connected on his first homer of the year, a 428-foot, two-run shot that followed a Haniger double.
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With the first inning outburst, the White Sox became the first team to put together seven consecutive hits since the Rockies accomplished the feat on Sept. 17, 2014, against the Dodgers.
"That's a situation where, I mean, I don't know if anyone definitively knows the rule with that stuff,"
-- Zunino, on the baserunning confusion in which he and Vogelbach were called out after approaching second base on a pickoff attempt

Left-hander (1-2, 5.94 ERA) hasn't won since April 3, but is coming off an impressive outing in which he didn't allow an earned run and struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings. The White Sox have not yet named a starter for Tuesday's game, which is set to start at 2:10 p.m. PT.