American League Game Summary - Chicago at Oakland|
(Saturday, June 1st)
Final Score: Oakland 4, Chicago 3 (10 innings)
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Reddick worked a bases-loaded walk in the
10th inning to force in the winning run as the Oakland Athletics took a 4-3
win over the Chicago White Sox in the second of a three-game set on Saturday.
In the bottom of the 10th, Chris Young doubled with one out against Hector
Santiago (1-4) and Yoenis Cespedes was issued an intentional walk. Josh
Donaldson then drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases, but Brandon Moss was
robbed of the winning hit when his line drive was nabbed by a diving Jeff
Keppinger at second base.
After taking the first pitch for a strike, Reddick looked at four straight
balls from Santiago, with the last pitch high and inside to bring home Young
for the win.
"I just think that everyone here knows how to work counts," said Reddick.
"It's not something that we work on, it's just the way we like to play here.
You get ahead in the count and that opens all kinds of possibilities."
Young went 3-for-6 in the game with an RBI while Jed Lowrie was 4-for-5 with a
run scored for the Athletics, who have won eight of their past nine games.
Jerry Blevins (4-0) got the final out of the 10th inning to get the win.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie the game
and Adam Dunn also drove in a run for the White Sox, who have dropped five
"It's just one of those games where Hector was on a high-wire act," said
Chicago manager Robin Ventura. "As far as getting guys on and being a little
erratic, he had a tough game."
Neither pitcher factored into the decision as Dan Straily went six innings for
Oakland and gave up a run on six hits with eight strikeouts, while Jose
Quintana allowed three runs on 10 hits with three walks and four strikeouts in
5 1/3 innings.
Oakland took the lead in the bottom of the first as Lowrie singled to start
the inning and later scored on a Cespedes double for a 1-0 advantage.
In the second, the Athletics took a 2-0 lead as Young singled home Derek
Norris, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
Chicago got one back in the third as De Aza doubled to begin the inning and
later scored on a Dunn single to make it a 2-1 game.
Oakland, though, took a 3-1 advantage in the fifth. Cespedes singled to start
the inning, but was picked off by Quintana. Donaldson then singled and moved
to second on a Quintana balk before Nate Freiman tripled to center.
In the Chicago seventh, Keppinger singled with one out off Sean Doolittle and
Hector Gimenez followed with a double. De Aza then singled to center and both
runners came home to tie the game.
The A's blew a chance to end this game in the ninth after loading the bases
with no outs. Norris hit into a 6-2-3 double play and Eric Sogard struck out
to send the game to extras.
The A's batted just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded 18
men on base ... Oakland has won six of the last eight against Chicago ...
Oakland goes for the sweep on Sunday with Jarrod Parker on the mound, while
Chicago counters with Chris Sale.
06/01 22:53:40 ET