The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of an A's loss to the White Sox

Pinch-posting for Nico, whose old age required him to get to bed early on a Friday night. At least that's the story he gave me. Let's try something a little different, shall we? An assortment of things from tonight's game, won in ten by the Chicago White Sox by a score of 8-7. Based on the subject, can you guess the theme?

* Brett Anderson allowing six runs four outs into the game

* The top of the second

* Jeff Gray warming up early before sitting back down for the rest of the night

* Non-baseball moment: Alex Smith's lone scoring drive in the 49ers exhibition game (hint: it's kind of a trick)

* Brett Anderson allowing seven runs in 5+ innings

* The Coliseum field a day after the first Raiders exhibition game (seriously, not enough time to at least paint green over the football markings? Wow)

* Jose Contreras and his first three innings

* Jose Contreras and his next 1 1/3 innings

* The bottom of the fourth

* Bill Hohn's call on Cliff Pennington's stolen base attempt in the fourth (hint: it hasn't been a good week for Hohn and this umpiring crew)

* The A's coming back from an early 6-0 deficit

* A.J. Pierzynski's hair

* Rajai Davis' stirrups (okay, so these last two aren't unique to tonight's game)

* The nights at the plate by Scott Podsednik, Gordon Beckham, Jermaine Dye, Ramon Castro, Scott Hairston, Ryan Sweeney and Mark Ellis

* The nights at the plate by Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin, Adam Kennedy and Kurt Suzuki

* Nearly mirror images of Brad Ziegler and Jay Marshall warming up in the bullpen

* The A's against Octavio Dotel in the ninth

* Craig Breslow's third pitch to Alexei Ramirez in the tenth

* The inevitable tease

* Nomar Garciaparra's patience

* The final score

* No TV for tomorrow's 1:05 PM start (thanks, Fox & MLB)

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