Well, I suppose the 162-0 record is no longer a possibility for the Chicago White Sox after last night’s 2-1 loss to the Oakland A’s, but the South Siders still have a chance to walk out of their opening series winning three of four on the road and I’m betting that most Sox fans will take that.
After giving up a couple of early runs last night, Chicago starter Carlos Rodon settled in and pitched seven good innings, giving up only those two runs on seven hits while striking out six. However, the offense couldn’t really get anything going against Oakland ace Sonny Gray, who gave up only one three hits in seven innings of his own. A Jimmy Rollins sacrifice fly in the third inning to score Austin Jackson was the only run the Sox could muster against Gray.
They’ll hope to have some better luck in today’s series finale, which is actually the free game of the day on MLB.TV. The White Sox will send Mat Latos, who struggled in spring training, to the mound for the first time this season and White Sox fans have to hope that he’ll fare better against today’s lineup than he has in the past. Collectively, today’s A’s starters have hit .388 against the 28-year-old right-hander. Oakland will counter with young right-hander Kendall Graveman, who’s actually only faced one member of the White Sox roster, Austin Jackson, who is not in today’s starting lineup.
Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s series finale.
Chicago White Sox (2-1) @ Oakland A’s (1-2)
Time: 2:35 PM CT
Location: Oakland Coliseum
Starting Pitchers: Mat Latos (0-0) vs Kendall Graveman (0-0)