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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox1 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 9150
Seattle3 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 7121
  W: J. Osich (3-0)   L: Y. Kikuchi (6-10)   S: A. Colomé (27)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, September 13, 2019
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 17,255

White Sox's Palka seeking hits vs. Mariners

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Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

  1. Kyle Lewis has homered in each of his first three MLB games, joining Trevor Story as the only players in MLB history to homer in each of their first three career games (Story did so in his first four).
  2. Jose Abreu has recorded 406 extra-base hits over his six-year MLB career. There are only four American League players all-time with more XBH than Abreu through their first six MLB seasons: Joe DiMaggio (481), Ted Williams (478), Earl Averill (446) and Al Simmons (412) -- all four are Hall-of-Famers.
  3. At 64-82, the White Sox have secured their eighth season below .500 this decade (since 2010), most in the AL. This is also the seventh consecutive season in which the White Sox will having a losing record, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history -- the team record is nine straight from 1927-35.
  4. Yusei Kikuchi has allowed 34 home runs this season, the most allowed in a season by any rookie all-time. The previous rookie record was held by Jerry Garvin, who allowed 33 HR for the 1977 Blue Jays.
  5. Dylan Covey has made 24 road starts in his career, and the White Sox are 3-21 in those games. Covey is one of five pitchers in the live-ball era, along with Preston Hanna, Bob Miller, Lou Knerr and Curt Fullerton, to have a 3-21 team record or worse through 24 career road starts.
  6. This is the 18th consecutive season in which Seattle will miss the playoffs, the longest active streak in the majors. Chicago hasn't made the playoffs since 2008, and its streak of 11 straight seasons missing the postseason (includes 2019) is the fourth longest in baseball, and second longest in the AL behind Seattle.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Daniel Palka knows all about a sophomore slump.

Last season, the Chicago White Sox rookie hit 27 home runs. This season, he's batting .035.

He collected only his second hit in 57 at-bats Thursday in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Kansas City Royals. The infield single snapped an 0-for-21 slump.

Palka will try to improve on that mark when he and the White Sox open a three-game series against the Mariners on Friday night at Seattle.

Palka admitted he gets a reminder of his average every time he walks to the plate.

"You have these (huge) scoreboards now. It's kind of hard to miss it," Palka told "It's in the back of your mind. But realistically, every at-bat is a new start for me right now. That's really all you can do."

Palka has spent most of the season at Triple-A Charlotte, where he hit .263 with 27 homers and 72 RBIs.

"It's a crazy-bad stretch, but I sit there and look at it, and know what I can do, what I can contribute, and I mean, regardless, I'm going to look back and be, like, 50 at-bats made me a better player than what I was before," Palka said. "As corny as it sounds, it's 100 percent true. I like playing every day, but I also like the role I've had here. I just enjoy being on the team."

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Palka has been pressing.

"Probably wanting to do too much, trying to reassess and prove to everybody that he's what he was last year," Renteria said. "He hasn't had the success that he's looking for. But those are the things that he's trying to do, and ultimately, bat to ball, when he gets it, he can get a pretty good swing on it, put a charge in it and hit it out of the ballpark."

The White Sox are scheduled to face Mariners rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (6-9, 5.24 ERA) in the series opener. Kikuchi has pitched better of late, going 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA over his past four starts, including a two-hit shutout Aug. 18 against the Blue Jays at Toronto.

Kikuchi has faced the White Sox just once -- on April 5 in Chicago. He didn't get a decision despite allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings.

Kikuchi held the Houston Astros to one run on five hits over five innings on Saturday, his most recent outing.

"Yusei threw the ball great against a quality opponent," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He's made some really nice adjustments. He's relaxed. I like where he's at. I've said all along this was going to be a learning year. We've seen some really good outings, we've seen him struggle a little bit. But I like where he's headed right now."

Chicago will counter with right-hander Dylan Covey (1-8, 7.69), who is 0-4 with a 14.26 ERA in eight second-half appearances (four starts).

Covey is 1-7 with an 8.14 ERA in 11 starts this season. He's 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners, including pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings on July 21, 2018, in Seattle while allowing two hits.

The Mariners lost 11-5 to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday despite Kyle Lewis homering for the third consecutive game to start his major league career.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 13, 2019

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