Athletics take series with final victory in Oakland (Oakland, California) – With one win under both team’s belts, both the A’s and the Sox were fighting for the 3rd and final game of the series. In the bottom of the 1st inning, White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez took the mound to throw out the first pitch for the Sox for no damage. In the top of the 2nd, 3 consecutive White Sox batters were stuck out. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, A’s batter Tony Kemp hit a line drive to left field for an RBI triple. In the top of the 3rd, White Sox batter Jose Abreu hit an RBI single that went straight over the pitching mound to tie the game at 1-1. In the bottom of that inning, Lopez had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that gave an A’s baserunner time to run home from 2nd base. After that A’s batter, Matt Chapman got out on a sacrifice fly to get another base runner home. By the end of the 3rd inning, the A’s took the lead over the White Sox with the score at 3-1 A’s.
White Sox Struggle to Hit Allusive Pitches
The 4th and 5th innings consisted of many strikeouts, groundouts, and flyouts with both teams displaying great defense. In the top of the 6th inning, the A’s picked up a double play against the White Sox to advance the game. In the bottom of the 6th, White Sox pitcher Ryan Burr relieved Lopez after 90 pitches. In the bottom of the 7th inning, White Sox pitcher Aaron Bummer took the mound for Burr for no damage for the inning. In the bottom of the 8th inning, White Sox pitcher Ryan Tepera took the mound for Bummer to close the inning with 2 strikeouts and a pop out. In the top of the 9th, White Sox batters Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Vaughn, and Billy Hamilton all were out on contact hits to close the game. The Athletics beat the White Sox 3-1.
The White Sox will face the Red Sox tomorrow (9/10/2021) at 7:10pm CST back home.
Athletics take series with final victory in Oakland