This is the second game that I have seen between the Oakland Athletics and th
e Chicago White Sox
. The first game was a ten inning classic. More on that game can be found here
. This game was just the opposite. While in Pittsburgh the Cubs jumped out to a quick start to win the game, the Sox
decided to spot the A’s some runs. Carlos Torres only threw 21 pitches in his 2/3 of an inning. Sixteen of those were strikes, and five men crossed the plate. He walked the first batter of the game before giving up back to back singles. He then gave up a SAC fly and then two home runs to put the Sox
in a 5-0 right away. D.J. Carrasco
came in to get the final out of the inning to temporarily stop the bleeding. D.J. pitched for 3 1/3 innings giving up three runs. Daniel Hudson came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up two runs, and Randy Williams pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning. Johnny Nunez finished up the young arms by giving up a run in his inning pitched. If these are the candidates for the fifth starter next season we may have to upgrade the offense. Of course by the time these guys were done pitching the game was out of hand. What better pitcher to bring in then Scott Linebrink
. He gave up a run in his portion of the ninth. This was a terrible game to attend even if it was for free.
On the positive side I was able to see Mark Kotsay and Paul Konerko each hit home runs. The blowout let the Sox clear the bench so I saw almost every player currently on the roster. How many times have you been to a nine inning game in which all three catchers that the team was carrying played. This was also the first time that I was able to see Tyler Flowers bat in the Majors. He struck out of course, but I think he will be fine over time. I sat near the Sox bullpen most of the game so I was able to watch the carousel of pitchers warming up. When I knew that Flowers was going to be coming up I moved closer to the plate. I was able to get almost right on top of the Sox dugout since most of the fans were smart and had already left the stadium. I have to go to another game this season because I don’t want to end on this note.
I will add some pictures later when blogger will allow me too.