Neither starting pitcher lasted long, but Trevor Cahill was worse off, with big problems with the movement and the location of his pitches. A's TV color commentator Ray Fosse noted that he was blowing in his hands a lot, and hypothesized that the cold Chicago weather was causing him to lose grip. Either way, Cahill expended 56 pitches in the first two innings, and while he recovered admirably, his high pitch count caused him to be pulled halfway through the fifth. He allowed all of the damage in the second inning, mostly in the form of a three-run homer to Alexei Ramirez, his first of the night.
Of course, Alexei Ramirez would strike again, this time in the bottom of the tenth, with a solo walk-off home run to win it.
Lost in the Chicago celebration? A terrific outing by lefty Jerry Blevins, who recorded the last out of the seventh inning, throwing in two more scoreless innings for good measure. Blevins has had a terrific start to the year, enough to where Bob Geren might want to look elsewhere for a roster spot when (or if) Joey Devine and Michael Wuertz return to health. Daric Barton also had a fantastic night, going 4 for 5 with three singles and a double.
The A's attempt to win the series tomorrow morning and reclaim .500 as Brett Anderson takes on John Danks at 11:10 AM, PDT.
3 game series vs White Sox @ U.S. Cellular Field
WP: Tyson Ross (1 - 0)
SV: Brian Fuentes
LP: Jesse Crain (0 - 1)
|2 - 1 win|
WP: Chris Sale (2 - 0)
LP: Bobby Cramer (0 - 1)
|5 - 6 loss|