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September 10 vs. Oakland

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Cupcakes with creamy filling
Everything tasted good on the outside, but when we got to the inside, the taste was even more satisfying. How did we grow these again?

Short Take:   Solid starting pitching, clutch hitting in the eighth delights South Side, adds chapter to Oakland struggle.

At this point in a lost season, we White Sox fans try to look for the positives that will keep us watching until the final pitch of the final game. One thing we don’t get much of a chance to do is see our team play the spoiler role for a playoff contender. In Wednesday’s case, our Sox got the chance to do that against the Oakland Athletics and pulled off a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.

Young gun Chris Bassitt was pitted against former Cubs asset Jeff Samardzija in what proved to be an unexpected pitcher’s duel. The unknown Bassitt flashed his good stuff against an Oakland lineup that has been struggling for offense since trading Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Jon Lester. After retiring the first nine hitters, Bassitt’s only blemish came in the fourth. Coco Crisp singled to center to lead off the inning and two hitters later, had moved to third. Up stepped Oakland’s acquisition for the stretch run, Adam Dunn. Perhaps to anger the U.S. Cellular Field crowd, Dunn singled to left to score Crisp. After that, Bassitt continued to work some magic before leaving in the seventh to a standing ovation. His final line: 6-plus innings of 5-hit ball with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. Not bad at all.

It appeared Bassitt would get saddled with the tough-luck loss following Samardzija’s seven shutout innings, but that’s when the fun began. The A’s sent Luke Gregerson out for the eighth in hopes of a seamless bridge to the ninth with a 1-0 lead. He quickly had to go to the stretch after Carlos Sanchez led off with an infield single. Leury Garcia came in to pinch-run just before the A’s turned into clowns. Adam Eaton appeared to ground into a fielder’s choice, but first baseman Nate Freiman made a bad throw to second, so both runners were safe. Alexei Ramirez struck out and before Jose Abreu did the same, a wild pitch by Gregerson moved Garcia and Eaton to third and second respectively.

Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to load the bases and up stepped Avisail Garcia. Surely, a player who was supposed to be out for the season back in April couldn’t dampen the spirits in the Bay Area, right? Heck no. Garcia singled to center, scoring the ducks on the pond to give the Sox a lead they weren’t supposed to have. Just so there wouldn’t be any drama, or maybe because the A’s had the wind knocked out of them, Jake Petricka retired the three batters he faced in order to set off the fireworks on the South Side and give Zach Putnam his fifth win. It’s worth noting that Dunn struck out to begin the ninth, the second time he did that in the game.

I must say it’s nice to contribute to the woes of a team that has ceded the West and can ill afford to drop many more games in the final weeks of the season. More importantly, we got another glimpse of some good things worth looking out for later on. We know Garcia has a good chance to hold down right field for the long run, but do we have another pitcher to build around in Bassitt? His sample size is incredibly small, but he held some of baseball’s better bats in check in this game. What he’ll eventually turn out to be is anyone’s guess, but for now, we can tell he has some upside.

This four-game series wraps up Thursday afternoon with a chance to take three of four. Chris Sale will be up against Scott Kazmir and hopefully, the K Zone won’t be too empty. The first pitch is at 1:10 on Comcast SportsNet. It’s also a day of remembrance, so if you can’t watch the game, at least don’t forget that.

The Futures Market:
 Continue to buy on Garcia. Hold on Bassitt for now, but keep him on the radar in case something good happens.

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