Mercedes’ 12 hits are the most by any player in the modern era over his first four career starts.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon threw five scoreless innings with nine strikeouts, Yasman Grandal hit his 150th career homer and drove in three runs, and Yermin Mercedes celebrated his Player of the Week award with three more hits lifting him into more select company as the White Sox cruised to a 6-0 victory over the host Mariners on Monday night.
Mercedes, a 28-year-old rookie who became the first player to start a season going 8-for-8, added more to his growing legend going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Mercedes also walked and is batting .667:
- His 12 hits are the most by any player in the modern era over his first four career starts.
- He is the first player with three-plus hits in a game three times in his first four career starts since Roy Campanella in 1948.
- His 12 hits are the most by any Sox player over his first four games of a season, surpassing Ducky Holmes’ 11 in 1904.
- He is also the first Sox player with three-plus hits in a game three times in his first four games of a season.
Rodon walked three and allowed two hits and worked out of a bases loaded jam by striking out the side, following an encouraging spring by leading the Sox (2-3) to a needed victory after their 1-3 start against the Angels.
Right-hander Michael Kopech struck out five Mariners in two scoreless innings of relief. Kopech has eight strikeouts in four scoreless innings over two appearances. He has allowed one hit and two walks.
Jose Ruiz completed the team shutout with two scoreless innings.
The Sox nicked Justus Sheffield for eight hits and ran their winning streak against left-handed starters to 16, tied for teh second longest streak in Major League history. Grandal homered in the second and jad a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning. The Sox will face another lefty in James Paxton in the second game of the series Tuesday.
Rookie Andrew Vaughn (0-for-3) remained hitless for the season but collected his first RBI when he was hit by a Sheffield pitch with the bases loaded. Vaughn, playing a new position, also made two good catchers in left field, one of them backing up to the wall.