Series vs Oakland
The White Sox headed back home to play three games against Oakland. Oakland has been dominant against the Sox recently. Game one was Ross Detwiler against Mike Fiers. Detwiler wasn’t great. Mike Fiers was. Fiers pitched seven innings giving up no runs. Detwiler pitched 5.1 innings and gave up two runs. Jace Fry struggled, giving up four runs without getting an out. Anderson had two singles, half of the times the Sox were on base all day. Sox lose 7-0.
Game two against Oakland had a much better result. Reynaldo Lopez took the mound and was very good. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up no runs. Abreu had two hits, Jimenez homered, and both Wellington Castillo and Leury Garcia scored a run. The Sox gave up no earned runs, but Ryan Goins misplayed a ball at third. This allowed the A’s to score two runs, and make the ninth inning interesting. Colome struck out Khris Davis to end the game. Sox win 3-2.
Game three against the A’s had Lucas Giolito against former White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt. Before the game, Jose Ruiz was sent to Charlotte as Kelvin Herrera was activated from the IL. Bassitt was a reminder of the Jeff Samardzija trade. Giolito struck out 13, walked one and only allowed two runs on a Matt Olson home run. Giolito made it through six, the bullpen was even more effective, with Jimmy Cordero, Fry, and Herrera pitching three innings without giving up any runs. Unfortunately, Chis Bassitt was a little better. Bassitt pitched seven innings, giving up no runs and striking out seven. Jimenez and Goins both managed to make it on base twice. It was a hard day for the offense as the Sox lost 2-0.
Overall it was a pretty good week on the south side. The team overall was 4-3. They beat up on a bad team and lost to a team that is better. There were some bright spots for sure and they’ll look to build on those.