Oakland went back to work against the visiting White sox on Saturday night. This after a dramatic come-back win on Friday evening from Chicago. With an announced attendance of 28,445 (assumingly on hand for the post-game fireworks), the Athletics started the game looking as strong as ever.
But it was of course necessary for the A’s to use their bullpen and play the seventh inning.
The A’s got things started off early, and positive. Designated hitter Billy Butler smashed a two-run home run home run to give them an immediate 2-0 lead. Manager Bob Melvin commented on the presence of Butler’s impact by saying, “we brought him in to be the powerful right-handed batter and to bring stability to the middle of the lineup.”
All this would prove irrelevant, as the A’s would relinquish their lead once again in the seventh inning. An error on a Melky Cabrera single would prove to be the dagger in the A’s hearts, as it led to the winning run and capping off the White Sox second comeback in as many games and nights against Oakland. Already leading the league in committed errors (tonight equals the 13th consecutive game with an error against), the A’s have also surrendered 37 runs in seventh innings this season.
There was a glimmer of hope in the eighth inning as the A’s made an attempt to fight back into the game with hits from Butler and Vogt. Ultimately it took Chicago 8 pitchers to get out of the inning.
This victory equals the fourth straight road victory for the White Sox, and 8 of their last 11. The A’s however have lost nine of their last ten and are a season high 12 games under .500.
Six of the last eight losses the A’s have suffered have been in one-run games. Manager Bob Melvin previously spoke on how he felt his team was better than the record they’ve posted. After Saturday night’s loss, he commented, “you expect to win more games, we just haven’t, we’re just not getting quite enough.”
The A’s left-handed ace Scott Kazmir will take the hill Sunday looking for his first victory during the month of May. He will face former A’s pitcher, Jeff Samardzija. Scott carries a record of 3-6 with a 5.35 ERA, while Jeff holds 2-2 record with an ERA of 4.38.
- White Sox phenom Jose Abreu has now hit safely in 11 games. Melky Cabrera, who tallied the game winning run, went 3 for 5 on the night.
- The A’s lead the major leagues with 38 errors, which have lead to 27 runs scored against the team.
- During Saturday’s batting practice session, A’s manager Bob Melvin said the injured Ben Zobrist is scheduled to start running the bases on Sunday, and his timetable for return is the next homestand.