Rapid Reaction: Athletics 3, White Sox 0
May, 31, 2013
By Eric Gilmore | Special to ESPNChicago.com
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox suffered a 3-0 loss Friday night in the opener of their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum.
How it happened: White Sox right-hander Dylan Axelrod pitched a gem, but A's right-hander Bartolo Colon was even better, throwing a shutout. Axelrod held the A's scoreless for seven innings, but he gave up back-to-back doubles to catcher John Jaso and right fielder Josh Reddick in the eighth as Oakland took a 1-0 lead and ended his night. The A's went on to score two more runs in the inning with Coco Crisp lining a two-run single to center off Jesse Crain. Colon gave up only five hits. He struck out three and walked none. Axelrod gave up four hits over seven innings, struck out seven and walked none.
What it means: The White Sox lost their fourth straight game, their longest skid since losing four in a row April 18-22. The team's pitching got back on track, but the bats remained quiet, a bad sign with two more games left against the A's.
Outside the box: Adam Dunn got a day off Thursday to rest his sore lower back but returned to the lineup as the designated hitter Friday night. He entered the game with one hit in his past 25 at-bats over seven games and continued slumping. Dunn went 1-for-3 with a rare infield single for the power hitter. Dunn beat the A's shift to reach safely. Going the other way, Dunn hit a ground ball to the hole at shortstop and beat third baseman Josh Donaldson's throw.
Off beat: It's not often a team "gets" to face a 40-year-old starting pitcher in the major leagues. Colon made his second start Friday against the White Sox since turning 40 on May 24, and the former American League Cy Young winner was in vintage form. He hit as high as 95 mph on the radar gun and spent most of the night pumping sliders and fastballs at the White Sox. In his first start as a 40-year-old, Color struck out nine, walked none and gave up no runs over seven innings in a 6-2 A's win at Houston.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.75 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the second game of their three-game series against the A's. Right-hander Dan Straily (3-2, 5.08 ERA) will start for the A's in a 3:05 p.m. CT start at the O.co Coliseum.