Kuiper & Fosse: Sean Doolittle is in a slump
Lefty Adam Dunn who hit his 420th career home run off of Tommy Milone in the second inning. (AP IMAGES)
The A's grabbed a 1-0 lead with three hits in the first two innings but were shut down the rest of the way as the Chicago White Sox beat them, 4-1, on Saturday.
It was Chicago's first victory against the A's in six games thus far this season.
Starting pitching report
Tommy Milone allowed one run in seven innings on four hits and one walk -- the first batter he faced -- while striking out seven with a career-high 118 pitches. Two of the first three hits the left-handed Milone allowed were to lefty Adam Dunn, who hit his 420th career home run in the second inning, and a seventh-inning single.
Sean Doolittle did a lot…wrong. The lefty has been scuffling of late and it continued in the eighth inning as he gave up three runs in 14 pitches to take his first loss of the season. It was the fourth time in five outings he has given up multiple runs. The lefty only got one out before Pat Neshek stopped the bleeding with a double-play ground ball.
At the plate
The A's only had three hits through eight innings, and they were all singles. Coco Crisp lead off the game, followed by Josh Donaldson, whose base hit drove in Crisp, and Nate Freiman, who led off the second with another single. After that, White Sox starter John Danks retired 21 A's batters in a row.
Crisp later singled to lead off the ninth against White Sox closer Addison Reed.
In the field
A broken-bat squibbler by Alejandro De Aza to second baseman Jed Lowrie opened the floodgates. While it seemed as though Lowrie's throw to first just beat De Aza, he was called safe. A poor attempt at a stretch by 6-feet-8 first baseman Freiman did not help matters.
Two batters later, De Aza scored on Alex Rios' single to right. And one batter after that, Paul Konerko's 428th career home run to left field, gave the White Sox a 4-1 lead.
The White Sox announced a crowd of 23,735 at U.S. Cellular Field.
A.J. Griffin (5-4, 3.67 ERA) will face the White Sox for the first time in his career. The A's are 7-5 this year and 19-8 in his career whenever he starts.
The right-hander is coming off an outing in Milwaukee on Tuesday in which he threw seven shutout innings but received a no decision in the A's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Brewers.
Griffin has gone at least six innings in nine of his 12 starts, and in going 12-5 over his first 27 career starts. Only Tim Hudson has won more often (14-4 ) in Oakland history over his first 27 games.
The White Sox, meanwhile, will throw their fourth straight lefty at the A's in Hector Santiago (1-4, 3.35). He has a record of 0-2 in two relief appearances against Oakland in his career, with an ERA of 18.00. It i the first time since 1970 the White Sox have started four southpaws in a four-game series.