Last night’s White Sox win over the Oakland A’s wasn’t the prettiest, but it was a win nonetheless as the South Siders got off to a 1-0 start for the 2016 season.
Chicago ace Chris Sale was solid in Monday night’s opener, striking out eight while giving up three runs, all in the third inning, over seven innings to pick up his first of what Sox fans hope will be many wins during this 2016 campaign.
The White Sox new-look offense struggled at times, going hitless in five innings and went scoreless in 6 1/3 innings against the A’s bullpen, but exploded for four runs in the top half of that third inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits from Adam Eaton and Jimmy Rollins at the top of the order. Tonight’s starter, Jose Quintana, has to be hoping that his teammates can give him some more help than he received last year.
In 2015, the left-hander received a 3.62 run support average, which was good for the second-lowest in the American League and sixth-lowest in all of baseball. Tonight, the Sox still don’t have to deal with Sonny Gray, who will take another day to rest after a bout of food poisoning kept him out of last night’s opener. Gray has been tapped to pitch tomorrow night while former White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt takes the hill this evening. Bassitt started five games in 2014 for the Sox, going 1-1, before being traded to Oakland in the Jeff Samardzija deal. Alex Avila is the only player on the roster that’s faced Bassitt.
As for Quintana, he’s had some success against tonight’s Oakland lineup. Collectively, tonight’s A’s starters have only hit .200 against Quintana. Sox fans just have to hope that if Quintana can shut down the A’s tonight that the offense can take advantage.
Here’s everything you need to know for tonight’s matchup at the Oakland Coliseum.
Chicago White Sox (1-0) @ Oakland A’s (0-1)
Time: 9:05 PM CT
Location: Oakland Coliseum
Starting Pitchers: Jose Quintana (0-0) vs Chris Bassitt (0-0)