Gavin Floyd is a tremendously hard luck loser despite his sharpest outing of the year, as a left-hander who pounds the zone inside and works a straight change-up all night is death, destroyer of bats.
So many damn groundouts.
The 4-game win streak dies in Oakland, alone, and without proper funeral arrangements
Gavin Floyd - 7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 2 BB, 117 pitches - A sharp cutter all night, allllll night.
Matt Thornton - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER - Certainly not the greatest night in the history of Thornton-dom, but the two pitches he got burned on for hits were hardly in awful locations
White Sox #1 thru #4 hitters - 0 for 12, 2 K - I mean, for pete's sake...
Tom Milone - 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB - Some time this year Milone is going to get eviscerated by a top-flight offense with this approach and it will bring me more joy than it should
Dayan Viciedo - 0 for 3 - Not striking out anymore, yet still quite hopeless
Tyler Flowers - Threw out another basestealer and is now 5 for 5 on the year. He also stunk at the plate like everyone else
A's catcher Kurt Suzuki, the proud owner of a .200/.210/.283 batting line, pinch-hit in the 8th with a runner on 1st and one out. Naturally, Suzuki turned on a letter-high 96 mph inside fastball from Matt Thornton down the line for a double. The ball kicked around from Dayan Viciedo in the corner for a second, and A's 1st basemen Daric Barton scored from 1st. After the first 7 innings went by in about 45 minutes, it became clear the first score would probably win the game. This was the first score.
Things Would Be Different If...
Gavin Floyd coming out to start the 8th having already thrown 110 pitches certainly raised some eyebrows, and since he walked the leadoff batter and eventual winning run, there's a lot of room for second-guessing. Floyd recovered to strike out Luke Hughes, and hardly left Thornton in an untenable situation. If Kurt Suzuki could turn on 96 mph fastballs with regularity, I'd probably be camped outside his house trying to volunteer to wash his pool, rather than wasting my time here radiating my lap with this computer.
Ultimately, the Sox lost because Milone located beautifully and there was just no laying off his change-up. They didn't score any runs. They didn't score any runs. This section should just say "if they scored some runs."
A lefty soft-tosser shutting down a Sox lineup missing Dunn, Pierzynski and a vaguely functional bottom third of the order probably didn't reveal anything unknown about the White Sox offense.
A sterling pitching outing was wasted, but the Sox are still one decent day against a recently called-up pitcher destined to have some control problems away from a 5-1 West Coast trip.
That's ok, right?
Record: 10-7, Sorta tied for 1st place, but technically .012 back of those lousy, inclement-weather-havin' Cleveland Indians