Recap: A’s @ White Sox Game 112
The A’s have won 13 games via the walkoff this season. Tonight they lost one via an opponent’s walk off as the Pale Hose felled the A’s 4-3 on a walk off home run from Jordan Danks off of A’s reliever Pat Neshek. By the end of the night it meant the A’s were a half game back in the wild card race tied with the Rays and trailing Baltimore and Detroit both at 61-52.
- Big news in this one was of course the return of A’s ace Brandon McCarthy from the disabled list. McCarthy had pitched in two games with Sacramento going nine and two-thirds innings with a 5.59 ERA but tidier 3.20 FIP as he struck out 11 while walking just three. In this matchup McCarthy came out and went six innings, allowing six hits – three of them solo home runs to A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo which accounted for all the White Sox scoring against McCarthy – while walking one and striking out four. All season long entering this one McCarthy had only surrendered five home runs, and only twice in his A’s career had he ever allowed even two home runs in one game prior to this outing. Still it was encouraging to see him on the mound and three mistake pitches, while pretty bad, could conceivably be worse.
- Sean Doolittle came in to relieve McCarthy for two innings and keep the tie in tact. He went two innings allowing just one hit while striking out three before he gave way to Neshek who dispatched Ramirez and Viciedo before surrendering the game winning shot, the first home run of his career to Danks.
- Offensively the A’s just failed to get runners home going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine runners. Also it never helps when the big bat in Oakland’s lineup is silent, as Josh Reddick went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
- Brandon Moss hit his twelfth home run off of White Sox starter Gavin Floyd, a two run shot that gave the A’s a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Other A’s with extra base hits were Chris Carter (a double, his fourth), Derek Norris (a double, his fourth) and Cliff Pennington who managed his second triple of the season.