The Chicago White Sox are 2-0 and a lot of their early success can be attributed to some players that weren’t even on the roster last season.
Last night in Oakland, the offense finally got going in the fifth as former Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier hit his first home run of the season, a three-run blast off of A’s starter Chris Bassitt.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 6, 2016
Former Cub Austin Jackson gave the South Siders 4-2 advantage with an RBI single in the sixth and after the bullpen surrendered that two-run lead, longtime Philly Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth to give the Sox the 5-4 win.
The new-look Sox lineup remains the same as it was last night, only tonight they’ll finally match up against the A’s best starter, Cy Young candidate Sonny Gray. Gray was supposed to start on Opening Night but was scratched a few hours before game time due to food poisoning. Bassitt was called upon to start last night in game two of this four-game set, but Gray is finally ready to go.
He’s only pitched against the White Sox twice in his young career and he has struggled. In those two starts, Gray has an 8.10 ERA over ten innings. On the mound tonight for the Sox is lefty phenom Carlos Rodon, who gave up five runs in four innings and finished with a no-decision in his only appearance against the A’s last season.
Here’s everything else you need to know for tonight’s matchup in Oakland.
Chicago White Sox (2-0) @ Oakland A’s (0-2)
Time: 9:05 PM CT
Location: Oakland Coliseum
TV: CSN, ESPN 2
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Rodon (0-0) vs Sonny Gray (0-0)