OAKLAND – Drew Pomeranz had a standard to live up to Tuesday, and he held up his end of the bargain. The left-hander threw five shutout innings in his second start of the season and the A’s beat the Chicago White Sox 11-0 to run their winning streak to six.
They knocked out 17 hits and got a five-RBI night from Brandon Moss in one of their best all-around games of the season. And, worth noting, the love affair between A’s fans and Josh Reddick’s walk-up song continued.
For the second straight night, Reddick walked to the plate to the mellow 80’s jam “Careless Whisper” by Wham!, and he enjoyed another good night at the plate. Reddick hit a two-run homer, singled and scored twice. Over two games, he is now 3 for 7 with two RBI and four runs while being serenaded by “Careless Whisper" as he strolls to the batter’s box.
Pomeranz (3-1), the first-year Athletic who began the season as a long reliever but has assumed a starting spot after Dan Straily was optioned to Triple-A, is 2-0 in two starts and has not allowed a run over 10 innings. He’s struck out 13 and walked two.
Starting pitching report
In his first start since officially joining the rotation, Pomeranz shined again. He tossed five scoreless innings – repeating his performance in last Wednesday’s spot start against Seattle. He allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out a career-high eight. He was on a pitch limit of about 80 to 85, as A’s manager Bob Melvin said Pomeranz would likely bump up his pitches about 10 to 15 from his last effort as he builds up his arm strength. He could have gone longer if not for those strikeouts that ran his pitch count up.
Pomeranz struck out the side in the first, then did so again in the fifth. He closed that inning by striking out Marcus Semien to strand two runners on base and end his night. Pomeranz threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of his 19 hitters. His effort was just the latest in a string of impressive outings by Oakland’s rotation.
A’s starters are 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA (5 ER in 40 IP) over the last six games. That comes after a stretch in which they were 0-4 with a 5.91 ERA over the previous six games.
Dan Otero threw two shutout innings in relief of Pomeranz, and Fernando Abad and Joe Savery closed out the A’s third shutout in the past six games.
At the plate
It wasn’t long ago that runs were hard to come by for the A’s. But there was no shortage of offense Tuesday night and lots of people got in on the act. Moss led the way with his fifth career multi-homer game. He hit a two-run shot in the sixth and added a tape-measure two-run blast in the eighth. Moss also had an RBI double to the opposite field to get the A’s on the board in the first. Reddick had two RBI, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and an RBI, and John Jaso contributed three hits from the leadoff spot.
In the field
Cespedes nearly had a homer himself but White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia made a leaping catch at the wall to bring back his deep drive. Moss, the next batter, followed with his first homer of the night.
The announced turnout was 13,826, and the guess here is that many of those fans went home and downloaded “Careless Whisper” on their iPods.
Coming off eight shutout innings against Washington, Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.54) takes the mound to close out the A’s 10-game homestand Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. Right-hander Andre Rienzo (3-0, 4.56) gets the start for Chicago.