Oakland, CA – There’s the saying “so close but yet so far” would be best to describe the A’s stunning loss to the Chicago White Sox. In what seemed to be a sure thing changed in the ninth inning.
Mark Teahen hit a double on a fly ball to left field and Gordon Beckman scored giving the Sox the 4-3 victory. Their rally began in the eighth inning when Juan Pierre stole home while Alex Rios was at bat. Then top of the ninth Mark Kotsay hit the game tying RBI single to right field.
“We had a chance in the ninth but we couldn’t get that hit,” said Rajai Davis. We’ll have to put this one behind us and be ready for tomorrow series.”
In baseball that’s what you do, but it behind you and move on. But for Chicago it’s a celebration they ended their eight game losing streak. After losing game two of the series to Oakland, Minnesota clinched the division eliminating the White Sox from the pennant race.
“I forgot how to shake the players hand after the game,” manager Ozzie Guillen joked. “I think we played good as a group, we got big hits and pitched well late in the game.”
The A’s got off to a great start when Chris Carter hit his first Major League home run in the third inning. Carter ended his slump the night before when he singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. He snapped a career-opening 0-33 streak that lasted since his debut on August 9th.
“It feels good to help the team in anyway,” Carter said. “At first I was anxious but now I’m settling in and becoming more comfortable.” After receiving the home run ball he explained “that it felt the same as getting his first hit.”
Oakland’s skipper Bob Geren had to manage his bullpen without two of his best right-hand relievers Andrew Bailey who has a sore elbow and Michael Wuertz is out due to a sore right thumb. Geren also is missing his leadoff hitter Coco Crisp who recently sprained his pinkie finger.
“I think I caught it OK, and then with the transfer to my bare hand I some how lost it,” closer Brad Zeigler said. “I picked it up, saw he was running, threw home for the out but made a bad transfer.”
Zielger struck out his first batter Paul Konerko to begin the ninth frame but walked Carlos Quentin. With one out away from their first sweep of the White Sox since August 14-16 2007 he forced pinch hitter Kotsay into a 3-2 count to seal Chicago’s victory.
Now 7 1/2 games back from Texas who lead the American League West, the A’s look ahead to their next four game series which begins Thursday night against the Rangers.
Written by: Malaika Bobino