A's drop series, White Sox tag Cahill with first loss


A's drop series, White Sox tag Cahill with first loss

OAKLAND (AP) Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox made it a worthwhile visit to the Coliseum.Alexei Ramirez had three hits, including a home run off the previously unbeaten Trevor Cahill, in leading Buehrle and the White Sox over the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Sunday.Buehrle (3-3) won for only the second time in 15 appearances at Oakland. The White Sox went 6-3 on their road trip, winning all three series."It was a great road trip on the West Coast where we usually don't play very well," Buehrle said. "I feel like I've thrown the ball well against these guys. It seems like stuff happens and we get jinxed here."Cahill (6-1) gave up four runs, just two of them earned, and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings."I wouldn't say it was my best start," Cahill said. "I kind of battled through it."Ramirez drove in two runs and Omar Vizquel had two hits."It feels good to get this win and gain some momentum for going home," Ramirez said through a translator."I always feel like it's going to be a good day," he said. "It wasn't Cahill specifically, I just try to find the right pitch and make contact."Daric Barton drove in two runs and Coco Crisp homered for the A's, who have lost three of their last four."The big hit when we needed it eluded us," A's manager Bob Geren said. "Trevor pitched deep into the game. He wasn't quite as sharp as normal. His velocity was down."Buehrle gave up three runs, seven hits and struck out a season-best six."We knew it would be close since they have the best pitching in the American League," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We battled against the best. This game was huge because we end the road trip on a good note. We need to go home and play better for our fans. They deserve it. We owe them one."Sergio Santos pitched the ninth for his fifth consecutive save, extending his scoreless streak to 19 innings.It was anything but routine, though. He walked Cliff Pennington to lead off the inning and walked pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui with two outs before Josh Willingham grounded out.Ramirez hit Cahill's first pitch of the fourth inning over the left-field fence.Crisp tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth after Carlos Quentin put the White Sox ahead for good with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.Chicago added two unearned runs in the seventh, when Cahill threw wildly at first on Vizquel's sacrifice bunt, allowing Alex Rios to score. Ramirez added an RBI single.Barton hit a two-run single in the seventh.The A's turned a season-high four double plays, including a 9-3 and a 4-3-6-3.NOTES: Vizquel moved past George Sisler on the hits list into 46th with 2,813. ... Paul Konerko's fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games for Chicago. ... The White Sox are the only team to score more than one run against Cahill. They also scored four against him in a game at Chicago. ... The last time the A's turned four or more double plays was Aug. 2, when they had five against Kansas City, also with Cahill on the mound. ... A's closer Andrew Bailey will pitch Tuesday but the venue has yet to be decided. ... A's LHP Dallas Braden's flight was canceled. He will fly to New York on Monday for shoulder surgery, which will be postponed at least one day.

Giants continue embarrassing stretch against rebuilding Padres

Giants continue embarrassing stretch against rebuilding Padres

SAN FRANCISCO — Three years ago, the Giants and Padres were the two teams in it until the very end for Pablo Sandoval’s services. He ended up in Boston, and when he became available again over the past week, the Padres politely backed away. 

They prefer youth and Rule 5 Draft picks. They came into this season knowing they might lose 100 games, and they didn’t mind. If anything, they welcomed the increased shot at the top pick in the 2018 draft. They’re here to tank, but the Giants (who expect to welcome Sandoval back on a minor league deal as soon as Friday) just won’t let them. 

Thursday’s 5-2 loss to San Diego was like so many others over the past calendar year. The Giants didn’t hit, they didn’t come through in the clutch, they did not support their starting pitcher, and they did not guarantee a handshake line. 

The Giants have lost 15 of 20 to the Padres since last year’s All-Star break, including three straight last July to kickstart a tailspin that has lasted over a year now. They have dropped four of five meetings in this second half, which was supposed to prove that a Padre-like rebuild is not needed up here in the Bay Area. They are five games behind the Padres in the race to finish a distant fourth in the National League, and in a season full of disappointment, that stands as one of the more embarrassing facts. 

Not even Madison Bumgarner’s return to AT&T Park could turn the tide. The lefty looked good most of the night, but two homers left him with a rougher-than-hoped line. Bumgarner gave up four earned on two homers. He has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Both starts have come against the Padres. 

“I’ve got to stop giving up homers,” Bumgarner said of his start. “That’s not going to work.”

Bumgarner said he felt fine physically, and his curveball — the pitch that has backfired on him most often since his return — feels right mechanically. He was facing his last batter in the seventh as George Kontos warmed up with a runner on. Corey Spangenberg hit a two-run shot to the deepest part of the yard to make it 4-2. 

Buster Posey flied out with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Giants brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but couldn’t score, which has been the norm against the Padres. The Giants are averaging just 3.2 runs per game during this 20-game stretch of futility against a team they once dominated. 

“We need to win ballgames right now,” Bumgarner said. “We’ve got to start doing that. There’s no magic solution. We’ve got to start playing better, all of us.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres


SAN FRANCISCO — A day after he did his press conference from a “Game of Thrones” throne, manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy the Giants won their series finale against the Indians and kept that plan in play. In that respect, he’s lucky his team wasn’t facing the Padres on Wednesday. 

The Giants were on Thursday, however, and they continued their baffling stretch of ineptitude against what is supposed to be the worst team in the National League West. The 5-2 loss to San Diego was the 15th in the last 20 meetings between the two teams, one of which has a $200 million payroll and the other of which is actively tanking. 

The Giants had a shot at a comeback in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Here are five things to know, if you are the curious type: 

—- Madison Bumgarner has faced the Padres twice since returning. In 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. He is getting hurt by a familiar problem for the 2017 Giants: The Padres have four homers off Bumgarner in those two starts. Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg took him deep Thursday, with Spangenberg hitting one out to the deepest part of the yard on Bumgarner’s final pitch. 

—- This is the first time in Bumgarner’s career that he has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts. 

—- Kyle Crick showed good stuff — sitting 96-97 — while stranding a runner on second in the eighth. He followed that with a scoreless ninth. The Giants should make it a priority to throw him into some deeper water over the next two months. 

—- There’s an epidemic these days of outfielders making foolish throws to the plate. We see it just about every night, and it cost the Padres in the sixth. Gorkys Hernandez was on second and he took off right away on Denard Span’s single to right. Renfroe had no play at the plate but he threw it anyway and Span took second. He scored when Eduardo Nuñez singled to left. 

—- The Giants announced their second consecutive sellout. That’s a streak. Maybe?