White Sox behind Carlos Rodon, beat the A’s 7-2; Loss is Oakland’s sixth straight

July 3, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The visiting Chicago White Sox downed the A’s 7-2 behind a very dominant pitching performance by lefty Carlos Rodon. Rodon who missed a lot of the season due to injury won his first game of the year and evened his record at 1-1. Rodon gave up two runs in the second inning but settled down and retired eleven ‘s hitters in a row before giving up a single to Jed Lowrie in the sixth inning. A’s starter Jharel Cotton gave up one run in the second and three in the third. Cotton missed a turn due to blister on his right thumb and pitched reasonably well but the A’s offense continued in the doldrums as the Chicago pitchers allowed them just five hits. The A’s also whiffed thirteen times.

The White Sox drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Third baseman Todd Frazier led off the frame with a double to left. Frazier advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. The A’s came back to tally two runs in the bottom of the inning. With two out, Josh Phegley doubled to left. Sox starter Carlos Rodon walked Franklin Barreto and Matt Joyce to load the bases. Adam Rosales came through in the clutch with a single to drive in Phegley and Barreto to give the A’s the lead 2-1.

The White Sox reclaimed the lead in the top of the third. With one out, Cotton walked Adam Engel. Melky Cabrera singled to send Engel to third. Cotton retired Jose Abreu for the second out but could not get past Todd Frazier. Frazier doubled to left to drive in Engel and Cabrera. Frazier advanced to third when Rosales mishandled the throw in from the outfield. Frazier scored the third run of the inning when Sox designated hitter doubled to left. The Sox lead 4-2.

The White Sox added two more in the eighth and one in the ninth give them seven runs for the game as they send the A’s down 7-2.

Game Notes- The A’s lost their sixth in a row and are now thirteen games under .500 with a record of 35-48. The White Sox another team with a losing record, improved to 37-35.

Hitting stars for the White Sox were Todd Frazier and Willy Garcia as they each had two doubles in the game.  Adam Rosales had two hits and two RBIs for the A’s

The A’s scored two runs on five hits and made two errors. The A’s have now committed 76 errors and allowed 53 unearned runs to lead the majors in those departments. The A’s have lost their last eight home games, too.

After the game, A’s manager Bob Melvin said this about Cotton’s performance:”he pitched OK. (He) gave up a couple runs in the early innings. Thought stuff was good at times and inconsistent at times. Thought he pitched better as game went along.” Melvin had a terse comment about the offense when he said this:”we didn’t swing the bats.” Melvin was impressed at the size of the crowd but said this:” we gave them nothing to root about tonight.”

The time of the game was three hours and thirty-three minutes. The Attendance was 40,019 which was the largest crowd since September 4th, 2005.

The A’s and White Sox play game two of the three-game series Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm. Daniel Gossett will pitch for Oakland and James Shields will go for the White Sox.

 

 

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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