Though the win streak has come to an end, responsibility cannot be put on Gavin Floyd. Gavin managed 7.1 innings allowing just one run on two hits but that was all Oakland would need as Tommy Milone’s end of the pitcher’s duel was stronger.
White Sox: 0
The Sox offense managed 4 hits of their own, but they would be scattered enough to keep any runs from getting on the board. Among the four hits were Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel, 2 players that haven’t been contributing much on the offensive end. Unfortunately Brent’s 8th inning knock would go for naught as he was thrown out attempting to steal 2nd base while Gordo was at the plate. Sending Brent Morel…I think you know I’m not pleased.
In the bottom half of the 8th a Kurt Suzuki pinch-hit double down the line would plate the only necessary run of the game for the A’s bringing Daric Barton around
Plus: Gavin Floyd fell short of delivering another shutout but he came close. Gavin has been alternating good starts with bad, and keeping in line with that, this one was good.
Minus: The Alex Rios hit streak has come to an end. Time to start a new one.
My eyes: I’m sure it’s not the proper answer, but the Brent Morel caught stealing stands out as a squandered opportunity and the negative turning point in the game for the Sox.
The numbers: Kurt Suzuki’s double was the clear game-changer worth a 28.7% change in win expectancy.