Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has faced the Oakland Athletics twice this season. He is 2-0 in those matchups.
On Saturday, Sale pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three hits — two of which came in the first inning — and three walks while striking out eight.
The A’s tagged reliever Nate Jones with a pair of runs in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to erase a six-run deficit as Oakland lost, 6-2, on the road in the second of a three-game series.
The White Sox lineup had few problems with Athletics starter Ross Detwiler, who surrendered six runs on 10 hits over four innings of work.
Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu homered in the bottom of the first with two outs, doubled to lead off the third — when Detwiler gave up two more runs — and scored after walking in the fourth.
But the day belonged to Sale, who added to his Cy Young resume (in a weak American League race) by striking out more than seven hitters for the 15th time this season.
“There’s a lot of movement on the baseball and his breaking ball does two different things depending on which side of the plate he throws it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said to reporters after the game. “Even if you guess right, there’s so much movement on it, it’s tough to square up.”
Oakland and Chicago finish their series today as Zach Neal and Jose Quintana square off on the mound.