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Cabrera, Frazier lift White Sox past Mariners to snap losing streak

Cabrera, Frazier lift White Sox past Mariners to snap losing streak

SEATTLE (AP) — For the attention Seattle has received this season for its power surge, it's the inability to score runs through more traditional methods that has led to the Mariners' slow start to the second half of the season.

The Mariners again failed in two key situations with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night, stumbling to a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox despite Robinson Cano's 22nd home run of the season.

While Cano was responsible for all of Seattle's offense, he was also guilty of being unable to come through with a clutch two-out hit, striking out with runners on the corners in the fifth inning and the game tied 1-1.

"Do a better job with men in scoring position, I guess," Cano said. "Lately, we're only scoring with homers, we haven't gotten lately a hit to get an RBI."

Seattle needed an unlikely three-run homer from Adam Lind to win the opener of the series with the White Sox and Cano's shot off Chicago starter Jose Quintana in the fourth inning pulled the Mariners even at 1-1.

But Quintana got the better of Cano an inning later in a key situation and also worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth. Quintana gave up a leadoff single to Nelson Cruz and loaded the bases after a walk to Chris Iannetta and hitting Leonys Martin on the elbow with two outs in the sixth. Quintana fell behind to Daniel Robertson, but got the young outfielder to fly out to center to end the threat.

"A couple of innings I was in trouble, but I tried to make (the) critical pitch and get out of trouble," Quintana said.

Quintana (8-8) allowed six hits in six innings and struck out seven. He's won his last three starts after going 0-7 over a span of nine starts from the middle of May until the end of June.

"He's good. He moves the ball well around the plate — he's on the edges," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "His stuff was good. We had some chances, but we just couldn't get the big two-out hit."

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Seattle got a solid performance from Wade Miley, but the lefty lost his fifth straight start, his last win coming on June 7. It was a better performance than his last start before the All-Star break where Miley (6-7) allowed 10 hits and four runs against Kansas City.

Melky Cabrera snapped the 1-1 tie with a solo home run leading off the seventh and J.B. Shuck added an RBI single later in the inning off reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Miley gave up three runs and struck out four, also giving up Brett Lawrie's solo home run in the second inning.

"Definitely felt a whole lot better, a lot more comfortable. Felt like I was more in rhythm," Miley said. "It was really two mistakes. Both of them got hit in the seats. Two hanging curveballs, just got to get those pitches down. For the most part I felt like I threw the ball well. That's it, two mistakes."

Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

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Sky pick a pair of players from power programs in top 5 of draft

The first year of the post-Elena Delle Donne era for the Chicago Sky did not go well.

The Sky limped to a 12-22 record without the former WNBA MVP and scoring champ. As the Bulls are about to experience, the upside of a losing season is a high draft pick the next year.

The Sky had the third and fourth picks in the draft, which took place on Thursday, and snagged a pair of players from powerhouse programs in women's college basketball.

At No. 3 the Sky picked up Diamond DeShields from Tennessee. She led the Lady Vols in scoring in the 2016-17 season, but that was her junior year. She elected to sign overseas with Cukurova in Turkey instead of playing out her final year of eligibility. The New York Times profiled her just ahead of the WNBA draft.

Oh, and she's also the daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields and her brother, Delino DeShields Jr., is currently an outfielder for the Texas Rangers.

At No. 4, the Sky picked up UConn forward Gabby Williams. Williams started every game in each of the last two seasons for the Huskies, which went undefeated in the regular season and made the Final Four both of those seasons.

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

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Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

ROSEMONT — Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 on Sunday night.

Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut (1-4), which won its first game of the season.

Kizer’s jumper midway through the first quarter made it 14-13 and the Sun led the rest of the way. Jessica Breland hit two free throws to pull Chicago (1-5) within four with 4:37 left in the third, but Jones scored seven points during a 10-3 run over the next three-plus minutes and the Sky got no closer.

Tamera Young led Chicago with 17 points. She has at least one made 3-pointer in each of the last five games after going nearly five calendar years (June 23, 2011) since her last 3.