After a split doubleheader and a close game on Saturday, the White Sox are hoping for a win to split the four-game series with the Oakland Athletics.
The White Sox came close to getting a big win on Saturday with a five-run first inning.
But, the A’s chipped away at the lead and took over it over in the seventh. Despite the loss, the Sox played good baseball.
Mr. Anderson shined on his birthday
There were several highlights, but the most notable was Tim Anderson, who just so happened to celebrate his 25th birthday with his second home run in as many days. The Saturday birthday home run scored Kevan Smith and Yolmer Sanchez.
Anderson’s line on Saturday was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. On Friday, in the second game against the A’s, he went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI, scored 3 runs, and reached on an error. Not too bad for his last day of being 24 and his first day of being 25.
After the first inning, there wasn’t much to get excited about. Even the pitching was sub-par as the lot of them gave up a five-run lead.
Good news from Friday’s night game
The best game of the three was Friday evening when the Sox defeated the A’s by a score of 6-4. Anderson lead the team with a home run and a double, but Omar Narvaez and Charlie Tilson provided some help, too. Narvaez went 3 for 4, scored one run, and earned two RBIs. Tilson had a nice line going 2 for 3 with one RBI and a walk.
It’s also a nice night when Joakim Soria only sees three batters. He struck out the first two, then induced a nice little ground ball to Yoan Moncada to get the runner out at first. Soria earned his 11th save of the season. And, Lucas Giolito earned a win for his seven solid innings pitched, too.
On Sunday, the A’s and Sox will face off for the fourth time. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to toe the rubber for the Sox. The A’s will trot out Paul Blackburn who is a young 24-year-old right-hander with an ERA of 8.03 in 12.1 innings pitched. Rodon only has a few more innings under his belt this season, but his 4.41 ERA is significantly better. The game is scheduled to start at 1:10 PM. Go, SOX!