The Mariners were able to avoid a series sweep against the Chicago White Sox after a seven-run sixth inning resulted in an 8-4 Seattle win on Wednesday.

Mariners use 7-run inning to avoid sweep, top White Sox 8-4

Some things that were positives and strengths of the Mariners in the opening series against the Giants went against them against Chicago this series, however.

So, with the first homestand in the books and the Mariners sitting at 3-3, let’s look at some key takeaways from this most recent three-game series.

Dominated in the zone

After the Mariners wrapped up their series win over San Francisco, manager Scott Servais made it very clear what he was most happy about with his team during that series. That takeaway was Seattle dominating the strike zone on the mound and at the plate.

That wasn’t at all the case against a very good White Sox team.

During the three-game set, Mariners hitters struck out 37 times while drawing 11 walks. On the mound, Seattle hurlers struck out 26 Chicago batters while allowing 20 walks.

That comes on the heels of Seattle drawing 16 walks and striking out 29 times against the Giants while recording 32 punchouts to just 10 walks on the hill.

“We pride ourselves on controlling the strike zone on the mound and we didn’t do that today,” Servais said after Wednesday’s win.

In the series finale, the Mariners walked 11 batters. Right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn surrendered eight walks in 4 2/3 innings while allowing three runs. Four of those walks came in the fifth inning, ending a stretch where Dunn retired eight of nine White Sox.

“You can’t walk four guys in an inning,” he said. “That’s probably going to be the end of your day.”

It didn’t take the Mariners out of the game Wednesday, however, as they scored eight runs to …read more

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