White Sox drop series opener to Athletics


May 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman

Gordon Beckham

(15) throws the baseball to first base during an attempt to throw out Oakland Athletics center fielder

Craig Gentry

(3, not pictured) during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Gentry was safe at first base for a single. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Again, the Chicago White Sox offense was held to a stand still for most of the game, which led to a 5-4 loss to the host Oakland Athletics Monday, the first of this three-game series.

The White Sox (19-21) made it interesting at least, with their ninth-inning rally, by having the game-tying run at second base and the go-ahead run at the plate, but it was too little, too late.

White Sox starter John Danks didn’t do that bad, allowing three earned runs off six hits and two walks.

May 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

To be honest, it is better than what I thought it would be before the game, as his ERA is now at 4.88. Danks did allow a home run.

Daniel Webb gave up two earned runs and had no control with his pitching, walking four and giving up two hits.

Daniel Webb allowed 2 earned runs in 1 inning of relief

My question is why do you keep him in to walk four batters in the first place?

What does this team do with the bullpen to improve? They can only bring in so many pitchers from Charlotte before they are really taking a risk of having players on the roster that have no business being there in the first place.

Oh wait …

Yes, the Oakland A’s are a fine baseball team, but two solo home runs as the bookends of some bad hitting once again can’t continue to do it for this ball club.

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The honeymoon period of this team being more fun and exciting is over for me. They need to start showing how good they can really be on a consistent basis, because right now, not in all instances, this team is kinda blah.

They shouldn’t have to rely on late-inning rallies and maybe start putting teams away earlier.

That’s just my thoughts from watching them.

I have to credit the pitching of Athletics starter Jesse Chavez as well. Besides giving up the two home runs, one to Jose Abreu in the ninth, he pitched a very nice ball game. The other White Sox home run was off the bat of Dayan Viciedo.

Chavez pitched eight innings (into the ninth), allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out seven White Sox batters.

OK, I enjoyed the rally at the end of the game when the Athletics had to go to their bullpen on multiple occasions, after taking Chavez out in the ninth with no outs following the solo homer by Abreu.

The team didn’t quit in the ninth against the bullpen of the Athletics at least, but it would be nice to see the White Sox start playing better in the middle of the game, rather than just the early and late innings.

On Tuesday, they will get another opportunity to end this current three-game losing streak.

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