American League Game Summary - Chicago at Oakland|
(Tuesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Oakland 2, Chicago 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki's pinch-hit double in the eighth
inning brought home the deciding run as the Oakland Athletics defeated the
Chicago White Sox, 2-0, in the middle contest of a three-game series.
Tommy Milone (3-1) allowed three hits and struck out five through eight
innings to earn the win. Grant Balfour tossed a scoreless ninth inning to
notch his fifth save of the year in Oakland's fifth win in eight games.
Gavin Floyd (1-3) suffered the loss despite giving up one run on two hits and
two walks in 7 1/3 innings.
"You don't like to see anybody pitch like that and be on the wrong side of
it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said about Floyd.
The White Sox had won their last four games and six straight on the road
entering Tuesday's contest.
After stranding a runner on second in the fourth and fifth innings, Oakland
was finally able to break through in the eighth inning after Daric Barton led
off the frame with a walk.
Luke Hughes followed by going down swinging and Floyd was replaced on the
mound by Matt Thornton.
Suzuki stepped up to the plate next as a pinch-hitter and pulled a 1-1
fastball that landed right on the line in left field for a double to bring
Barton all the way around the bases.
Suzuki then moved to third on Jemile Weeks' groundout before coming home on an
Eric Sogard base hit to left.
"Tommy (Milone) pitched an unbelievable game and we felt like it was up to us
to get out there and get him a run," said Sogard. "We put everything we had
together and we ended up getting the win."
The White Sox did not have a runner advance further than first base in the
game until Kosuke Fukudome slapped a pinch-hit single back up the middle in
the ninth and moved all the way to third on defensive indifference during Adam
Dunn's pinch-hit appearance.
Dunn, though, fanned on a 3-2 fastball outside of the zone to end the game.
Chicago's Alex Rios went 0-for-3 to snap his 11-game hit streak...Floyd fell
to 3-2 in eight career starts against Oakland...The Athletics went 1-for-5
with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.
04/25 01:57:38 ET