The right-hander struck out six, walked one and retired 18 of 20 before leaving after giving up Jose Abreu's leadoff home run in the ninth.
The Oakland Athletics are expecting a capacity crowd on "Free Baseball" night at the Oakland Coliseum when they host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The 24-year-old played in just 84 games for the Athletics last season but hit 14 home runs and recored 40 RBIs.
Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to be called up from Triple-A Nashville to make his season debut.
Normally a team won't have three extra days off in a row unless it is the all-star break, but the Chicago White Sox just had three games in a row against the Twins rained out. The A's won five of the six meetings between these teams previous year. Miguel Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 8.68 ERA and four strikeouts this season. It was way too late as the Athletics opened the game up with three runs in the seventh and eighth inning in an 8-1 victory.
Toeing the rubber for the White Sox will be Reynaldo Lopez, who has gone 0-1 with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in two starts this year. With the way the Oakland Athletics swing the bats, especially at home, this is another tough spot for the White Sox.
The two teams drew just 7,479 for Monday's series opener on a night when the Golden State Warriors were hosting the San Antonio Spurs concurrently in an National Basketball Association playoff game next door. "Using all his pitches, pitching up, pitching down, was really good, and it shouldn't be a surprise to us now because we saw it a couple times past year". The A's came into their game on Sunday having allowed 7.00 rpg through their first seven games of the road, but Sean Manaea stepped up in the final game of the trip as he allowed just one ER on two hits and two walks while striking out four in 7.0 innings of work in the win. Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Stephen Piscotty had two hits and an RBI for the A's. They've lost 4.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline this year and 2.9 units ATS. Blake Treinen got the save and it was his 3rd of the year.
Mengden (2-2) came into the game a hard-luck 0-10 in home games for the A's, just one game shy of the longest run of home futility to start a career since 1908 by someone named Bobby Hasty.
As a unit, Oakland's pitching staff has allowed 5.3 runs per game overall this season.
Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and the A's beat the Chicago White Sox 8-1 before another sparse crowd at the Coliseum on Monday night. That pen is well rested, but still, it carries a 5.35 ERA into this game, which is 26th in the league.
The Athletics will turn to righty Daniel Mengden (1-2, 6.19 ERA) to the mound.
"I think I've done a very good job", Lopez said of his third straight quality start. Most of the edges point to the A's in this one and that is the way I will roll here. Something has to give in this game. "It requires a ton of focus to play a major league baseball game and we didn't do that today". The White Sox should get their offense back on track some against Mengden and we do note that they did average 6.00 rpg over their first six games. Yusmeiro Petit came in and struck out the last two batters to send the White Sox to 4-9 on the season.
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