The Chicago White Sox took the middle game of their three-game series with the Oakland Athletics 6-5 in ten innings thanks to an Alexei Ramirez walk-off homerun. Ramirez was the hero of today’s game as he hit a pair of home runs and was responsible for four of the six White Sox runs. Ramirez hit a three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the second inning to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. He followed that up with a walk-off solo home run against Bobby Cramer in the tenth.
Cahill definitely looked like a pitcher that was a bit amped up following his big contract extension. He struggled hitting his spots early on, throwing a pair of wild pitches and several others in the dirt. It culminated with a hanging pitch to Ramirez that was easily deposited in the left field seats. Cahill lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits.
The A’s offense actually managed to get the team back in the game, taking a 5-4 lead at one point. Daric Barton was 4-for-5 on the night, Hideki Matsui was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two run home run to give the A’s their brief lead. Unfortunately the previously hot A’s bullpen struggled a bit as Craig Breslow gave up a run and Cramer gave up the home run.
Brett Anderson and John Danks square off in the rubber match tomorrow at 11:10am pacific time. The A’s will be looking to win their second straight series to wrap up the nine-game road trip.