Saturday, August 11, 2012
Athletics 9 White Sox 7: One Comeback Was Not Enough
This one was quite the roller coaster ride. Francisco Liriano started the game by striking out the first five batters he faced, but then he stopped striking people out and things went pretty terribly.
Liriano lasted only 3.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in what was easily his worst start as a White Sox. Granted, it was only his third start with the team, but hopefully it will remain his worst start.
The good news was that the Sox were able to overcome the 6-2 deficit and took a 7-6 lead in the seventh inning.
The two-catcher offense proved pretty potent as A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers combined to drive in 4 runs on the night. Though Tyler Flowers, surprisingly, did most of the work.
Flowers went 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch while finishing a triple shy of the cycle and with 3 RBI.
Unfortunately the roller coaster descended down the tracks once more in the eighth when Matt Thornton allowed two runs to give Oakland the lead back.
Of course, as we all know, Matt Thornton always gives up runs. I mean like every single time. Just as long as you don't count the 40 appearances he's made this season without allowing a run, anyway.
But if you only look at the 14 games in which he has allowed a run it happens every damn time.
Brett Myers would give up another run in the ninth inning and then the Sox weren't able to take advantage of Kevin Youkilis being hit by a pitch to start the ninth, as Adam Dunn flew out deep to left, Alex Rios struck out and A.J. Pierzynski his a soft line drive to short stop.
The Sox finish the series and the homestand tomorrow afternoon with Chris Sale on the mound. Hopefully he can do what an ace is supposed to.
Not let Matt Thornton give up any more runs.