The Athletics avoided the series sweep against the White Sox (Chicago, Illinois) – The White Sox, looking to sweep the A’s, had pitcher Dylan Cease throw out the first pitch of the game. In the bottom of the 1st inning, White Sox pitcher Eloy Jimenez hit an RBI double to left field to give the White Sox an early lead over the Athletics, 1-0. In the top of the 3rd inning, Athletics batter Sean Murphy launched a ball to left center field that tied the game at 1-1. In the top of the 4th inning, the Athletics took the lead when Athletics batter Tony Kemp was walked by Cease and received an RBI. The Athletics took the lead over the White Sox by the end of the 4th inning with the score at 2-1. In the bottom of the 5th, White Sox batter Andrew Vaughn hit a 2-run home run to left center field to reestablish the lead over the Athletics.
A Fight for the Lead
Going into the 6th inning, the White Sox took back the lead with the score at 3-2. In the top of the inning, Athletics batter Matt Chapman hit a ball to left center field to tie the game to 3-3. In the bottom of the 6th, White Sox batter Cesar Hernandez grounded into a double play that brought the game into the 7th inning. In the top of the 7th inning, White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech replaced Cease at the mound after 102 pitches. Kopech threw an 83 mph slider that was caught by Athletics batter Matt Olson, who launched it to right field for a 2-run home run. In the top of the 8th inning, White Sox pitcher Ryan Burr replaced Kopech at the mound. In the top of the 9th inning, White Sox pitcher Jose Ruiz replaced Burr at the mound to throw for no damage. In the bottom of the 9th, White Sox batter Jose Abreu reached on a fielding error that brought the score to 5-4 Athletics with 2 outs. The next batter up was Eloy Jimenez, who on his first swing, lined out to center field for the last out that closed the game. The Athletics beat the White Sox 5-4 in the last game of series.
The White Sox will be traveling to Tampa Bay tomorrow (8/20/2021) to face the Rays at 6:10pm CST.
The Athletics avoided the series sweep against the White Sox