Experience Helps El Duque

Guillen, making his first appearance of the series, batted for Joe Oliver.

Bullpen Shines Again Seattle’s bullpen again was the star of the game.

Jose Paniagua got the victory by striking out Magglio Ordonez for the final out in the ninth. Arthur Rhodes pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings before Paniagua entered.

Wunsch, who was doubled over in pain in the dugout, took the loss.

The White Sox, who scored 978 runs this season — more than six per game — managed only seven runs and 17 hits in the series.

Chicago finished with a batting average of .185 (17-for-92) in the series. The White Sox batted .286 in the regular season.

“The Chicago team has a lot of explosive bats. They can put a lot of runs on the board. Our bullpen and starting pitching — that’s been our story all year long,” Olerud said.

In the first playoff game ever at Safeco Field, the AL’s best road team managed only three hits off Aaron Sele, Rhodes and Paniagua. The White Sox also hit into three double plays.

Thomas, Chicago’s best hitter, was 0-for-9 with four walks in the series. He was 0-for-2 with two walks today.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second when Harold Baines led off with a double and eventually scored on Herbert Perry’s sacrifice fly. Baines barely slid under Oliver at the plate.

The Mariners tied it in the fourth on Javier’s RBI single. Raul Ibanez opened with a single, Alex Rodriguez sacrificed and Javier singled with two outs off second baseman Ray Durham’s glove.

Sele, a 17-game winner who was 4-0 in September, continued his strong pitching. He allowed three hits and three walks.

“The guys played great behind me. They turned some tough double plays. We tried to keep it close and let the offense come around,” Sele said.

Chicago’s James Baldwin, who pitched despite a case of painful tendinitis in his right shoulder, struck out Javier to end the sixth after walking Edgar Martinez and Olerud with two out in the inning.

Baldwin gave the White Sox a strong six innings, leaving after giving three hits and three walks. He threw 92 pitches in his longest appearance since Aug. 12, when he went seven innings against Tampa Bay.

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