By: Phillip Torres
CHICAGO- The Oakland Athletics lost another heartbreaking game on Wednesday night in Chicago against the White Sox. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija tossed 7 strong innings before Luke Gregerson and the Oakland defense cost the right hander a win.
The loss to the White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels win over the Texas Rangers cost the A’s another game in tbe standings, leaving them nine games back of first place in the American League West. Fortunately for the Athletics the loss did not cost them a game in the Wild Card and the remain as the top team in the two spot race for the Wild Card.
Gregerson surrendered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to blow the lead, and ultimately the game for Oakland as they could not find the offense to overcome the one run deficit in the ninth inning.
First baseman Nate Frieman committed the error that changed the game as he threw wildly to second base on a ball that was a potential double play ball. The wild throw allowed the go ahead run to reach base. The base runner eventually scored on the two out hit by Avisail Garcia after an intentional walk to Connor Gilaspie
The A’s still own a 1 1/2 game lead over Seattle and Detroit in the AL Wild Card race.