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The Oakland Athletics attempt to rally back against the Chicago White Sox fell just short Sunday afternoon as they lost the series finale 5-4. The A’s looked like they might spring the comeback late as Coco Crisp looked like he was going to load the bases with an infield single. Unfortunately first base umpire Brian Onora missed a bang-bang play and the A’s dropped to 28-39.
The A’s took an early 1-0 lead on a Matsui sacrifice fly and Guillermo Moscoso made the lead stand up early on. However, one mistake to Adam Dunn resulted in a three-run home run for the White Sox. The A’s slowly rallied back with a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh to tie the game at three and looked ready to take control of the game. In the sixth, Coco Crisp doubled and advanced to third on a Cliff Pennington fly ball before scoring on a Ryan Sweeney ground out. In the seventh inning, Scott Sizemore tied things up with a solo home run to left field.
Unfortunately, as Scott Sizemore giveth, Scott Sizemore also taketh away. In the bottom of the seventh the White Sox put men on first and second with one out. Carlos Quentin grounded to third and as Sizemore whipped a throw on the run to second, he fired the ball past Jemile Weeks and into the outfield allowing Mark Teahen to score. The White Sox added one more run on a Paul Konerko single to left giving them a 5-3 lead.
In the ninth inning, the A’s seemed ready to get things going as Conor Jackson singled a 3-2 pitch into center field. After Daric Barton struck out, Scott Sizemore walked. Josh Willingham flied out to right field advancing Jackson to third. Jemile Weeks then hit a clutch two strike single up the middle to the cut lead to 5-4. Coco Crisp slapped a pitch down the third base line and appeared to beat out the throw from Brent Morel. Unfortunately the umpire did not see it the same way and punched out Crisp.
The Oakland Athletics look to secure a series split with the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon as Guillermo Moscoso faces off against Philip Humber. Although this ten game road trip has been far from a success, a win on Sunday would at least send the A’s home on a somewhat positive note.
The A’s lineup once again features some mixing and matching by manager Bob Melvin. He had indicated he wanted to get Hideki Matsui some time in the three spot but he’s moved him back into the cleanup role today. Ryan Sweeney gets the start in the third spot in the lineup. Melvin mentioned putting an everyday player in the spot but Sweeney doesn’t quite qualify as that so it’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on with this lineup. Maybe it’s an issue of Josh Willingham getting the day off. Once again, however, we do have Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington hitting 1-2 and Jemile Weeks hitting ninth.
The Oakland Athletics dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago White Sox Saturday evening as the offense went back into its shell once again. A’s starter Gio Gonzalez struggled with control but did just enough to keep the A’s in the game. The A’s were tied late but a Brad Ziegler error on a throw to second on what should have been an easy double play resulted in Brent Lillibridge scoring what proved to be the winning run.
The A’s exchanged runs with the White Sox before the Lillibridge go-ahead run as neither team was able to break the game open. Gonzalez gave up five hits and walked three batters but the White Sox struggled to take advantage of the situation, thus keeping it close.
In the eighth inning, the A’s appeared like they were going to take the lead on a big Coco Crisp two-run home run. Unfortunately Brent Lillibridge made a perfectly timed leap to snag the ball from over the fence. The A’s were unable to put anything else on the board and lost 3-2.
New Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was nicknamed "The Mad Scientist" by Mark Grace during his days in Arizona because of his constant fiddling with the batting order. As the A's prepare for Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox, the fiddling continues with their starting lineup. Often times players might complain about never knowing where they're hitting. However, given Oakland's lack of offensive punch this year, it makes sense to move things around to see what fits where.
While the lineup is seeing constant changes, Melvin seems to have settled on at least a few lineup slots. Through this third game of his Melvin's brief reign, Coco Crisp and Cliff Pennington remain in the 1-2 spot, Josh Willingham remains the cleanup hitter, and Jemile Weeks continues in the ninth where he's found a lot of success in his short stint there. In three games hitting ninth, Weeks is 6-for-11 with three runs scored. It's a tiny sample size, but it's a good start for the rookie.
1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Cliff Pennington (S) SS
3. Hideki Matsui (L) DH
4. Josh Willingham (R) LF
5. Conor Jackson (R) RF
6. Scott Sizemore (R) 3B
7. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
8. Daric Barton (L) 1B
9. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
Chicago White Sox
1. Brent Lillibridge (R) LF
2. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
3. Carlos Quentin (R) RF
4. Paul Konerko (R) 1B
5. Alex Rios (R) CF
6. Adam Dunn (L) DH
7. Ramon Castro (R) C
8. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B
9. Brent Morel (R) 3B
What a way to end a prolonged losing streak! After dropping their previous ten games, the Oakland Athletics finally got back in the win column Friday night with a 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Six at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. It sure looked like the losing streak was going to be pushed to 11 games though before A’s fans were finally treated with something to cheer about.
Trailing 5-3 heading into the 9th inning, the A’s looked like they’d limp to yet another loss after quickly recording two outs to begin the inning. Josh Willingham then fell down 0-2 in the count, and it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the A's would be just one win shy of a dozen consecutive losses.
Hold the phone! Willingham battled back and ultimately walked. He took second on fielder’s indifference, and was then drove in by Hideki Matsui to cut the lead to 5-4. The bases then got loaded with A’s when Daric Barton drew a walk and Kurt Suzuki was hit by a pitch. Scott Sizemore, already with two hits on the evening, delivered the huge hit the team had been missing during the losing streak when he cleared the bases with a double to left.
Andrew Bailey pitched a perfect ninth inning for Oakland to preserve the 7-5 victory and earn his first save of the season. Grant Balfour, who had pitched the 8th inning for Oakland, picked up his fourth win of the season in relief (4-1).
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The Oakland Athletics send out rookie starter Graham Godfrey to face the Chicago White Sox in an attempt to snap the team’s ten-game losing streak. The streak is Oakland’s longest losing streak since 2008 and has dropped them to eight games back of first place.
The A’s acquired Godfrey along with RHP Kristian Bell in the deal that sent Marco Scutaro to the Toronto Blue Jays in late 2007. Godfrey split his first Oakland season between single-A Stockton and AAA Sacramento. He settled in at AA Midland in 2009 and then moved up to AAA Sacramento in 2010. In 2011, Godfrey made nine starts at Sacramento and was 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He gets to make his major league debut against a White Sox lineup that has been inconsistent but can still do some serious damage.
On the other side, the A’s send out a lineup with some changes from Thursday. Cliff Pennington continues to hit in the second spot, but Ryan Sweeney replaces Conor Jackson in the third spot and Daric Barton is back at first base and hitting sixth. Barton has struggled for much of this year but found success in limited at bats in the sixth spot. Jemile Weeks gets another start in the ninth spot where he is 4-for-7 over the last two games.
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Oakland may have changed who’s at the helm, but there hasn’t been a change in the results as the Athletics were handed a 9-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox to open a four-game set. The Athletics fired manager Bob Geren before the game and named Bob Melvin as his replacement on an interim basis, but it didn’t help the club, which extended a season-long losing streak to 10 games.
“Certainly it’s all about winning,” Melvin said. “It would have been nice to go home tonight and get some sleep knowing we got the win. But we just have to comeback and battle tomorrow.”
Oakland starter Trevor Cahill (6-4) remained winless in his last six starts. He was roughed up for six runs on eight hits and three walks over just 2 2/3 innings. The White Sox took advantage of the slumping A’s to get their third victory over the last four games as Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each had a two-run homer.
Mark Buehrle (6-4) was solid in seven innings for Chicago, giving up three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Adam Rosales’ RBI single that scored Kurt Suzuki put the first run on the board for Oakland in the second frame.
However, Chicago answered back with three runs in the home half. A.J. Pierzynski drew a one-out walk, Alex Rios singled and Dunn was pegged with a pitch to load the bases for Omar Vizquel, who brought home Pierzynski on a sacrifice fly to right.
Gordon Beckham’s single filled the bases again before Juan Pierre drew a walk to send Rios trotting home. Ramirez hit a dribbler down the third base line where Cahill tried to barehand the ball and throw to home while falling down. The throw came after Dunn slid safely, and Cahill got up gingerly after the play but remained in the game.
The White Sox tacked on another three-run inning in the third, which was ignited by Dunn’s two-out, two-run homer into the left field seats.
“It felt good, you know,” Dunn said. “It felt good go actually contribute.”
Vizquel, Beckham and Pierre kept the inning going with singles to load the bases. Cahill continued to show control issues, walking Ramirez to bring home Vizquel. The starter was then pulled in favor of Bobby Cramer, who ended the frame with a Carlos Quentin flyout to center.
The A’s cut into deficit on Hideki Matsui’s two-run shot in the seventh, but Quentin added a sac fly that plated Pierre and Konerko belted a two-run homer in the eighth for a comfortable 9-3 cushion for the home team. Jemile Weeks added a late RBI single in the top of the ninth to make up the final score.
Geren was 63 games into his fifth season managing the A’s, who haven’t won since May 29 and have been swept in consecutive three-game series by the Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles. The 10-game losing streak matches its longest since a 10-game slide from July 28-August 7, 2008 for the A’s…Buehrle has won five of his last six decisions…Chicago took a 4-3 lead in the season series with Oakland.
Bob Melvin has put together his first lineup for the Oakland Athletics and he has made some interesting changes to the order. Jemile Weeks remains at the bottom of the order, but the most significant change is moving Cliff Pennington to the second spot and dropping David DeJesus to the bottom of the order. For the Ryan Sweeney fans out there, lefty Mark Buehrle is starting for the White Sox and Sweeney has significantly worse numbers against left-handed pitchers, thus the absence.
It's not exactly shocking to see such "sizable" changes to the A's lineup in Melvin's first game. Last year a writer at FanGraphs took a look at some lineup changes by new managers. While it's not exactly a scientific analysis, it's still interesting to note. It makes sense for a new person to place their their own stamp on the team and the easiest way to do that is through the starting lineup. We'll see if the change helps the A's offense.
The Oakland Athletics start up a four game series with the Chicago White at US Cellular Field on Thursday with a bit of buzz surrounding the team. In light of their nine-game losing streak and a rebelling clubhouse, the A's announced the dismissal of manager Bob Geren. Former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin was brought on board as interim manager and will take over starting with this White Sox series.
The A's have struggled immensely in recent weeks, dropping nine straight games to fall nine games under .500 and permanent possession of last place in the American League West. The offense has been in a funk all season long with only the occasional outburst. Bob Melvin can't hit for these guys, but maybe he can mix things up a bit with the lineup to get some sort of jolt. And of course, given what had become a fractured clubhouse, maybe canning Geren will provide some kind of inspiration.
The A's will send out their ace, Trevor Cahill, in hopes of snapping the current losing streak. The A's have lost 60% of their starting rotation leaving Cahill and Gio Gonzalez as the only starters from day one. This weekend's series will feature the major league debut of Graham Godfrey who is filling in for the recently DL'd Brett Anderson.
All four games will be featured on CSN California. First pitch for Thursday and Friday will be 5:10pm, 4:10pm on Saturday, and 11:10am on Sunday.
|Fri 06/10 - Graham Godfrey vs. Edwin Jackson
||5:10 PM PDT|
|Sat 06/11 - Gio Gonzalez vs. John Danks
||4:10 PM PDT|
|Sun 06/12 - Guillermo Moscoso vs Philip Humber
||11:10 AM PDT|
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