Wow, some oddsmakers from the line going in saw this coming but I for one did not. The White Sox take down the Athletics 4-1 in game one of the Wild Card round series. Lucas Giolito was on fire no hitting the Athletics for nearly seven innings.
Tommy La Stella then became the breaker of playoff history getting the A’s first knock in the eighth. Giolito for his total line had eight punch-outs while only allowing two hits. The Athletics did eventually score one on a Laureano ground out in the bottom of the eighth inning charged to Gios line while Evan Marshall was pitching.
A’s Luzardo Struggles
For the Athletics starter, the same feeling cannot be expressed. Jesus Luzardo became a little too reliant on his fastball leaving a few over to very opportune good hitters. The first being the biggest surprise. Adam Engel has shown vast improvement this season but is not a power hitter. Well, someone should probably tell him that because he ripped a liner-homer for a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Then in the top of the third on another leftover fastball, Jose Abreu took him deep to left-center for a 3-0 lead at the time.
Then not to Luzardo’s fault as Soria was in at this point the third time was the charm. That third-time charmer was Yasmani Grandal who ripped one into the seats in right to seal the deal 4-1 at the top of the eighth inning. Luzardo’s overall totals for the game were five punchouts and six hits, three runs were given up in only 3-1/3 innings. Not the first playoff start he wanted.
The overall game though was very enjoyable to watch. From Giolito’s gem to the Bombs of Grandal, Engel, and Abreu. We also saw the WhiteSox underrated closer in my eyes, Alex Colome, lock down the A’s in the ninth. He got a painless save, giving up no hits with one punch out to boot. The Athletics studded pen showed out again other than Soria’s mistake pitch to Grandal. Wendelken pitched 2.2 innings while only giving up one hit and striking out three.
Then Petit came out and made the Sox’s bats little in his one inning of work. Petit in that inning struck out one and gave up one hit. Soria as previously mentioned left the one mistake pitch that was crushed by Grandal. Then after him, Diekman impressed again giving up no hits while striking out one. The A’s to bounce back in game two just need their bats to get going and their starter to go longer. Where the White Sox to keep their winning ways need to keep their home run swings going and steller pitching up.
A’s Vs Sox’s Wrap up Points
All in all, this series is poised to be one hell of a series now set for the A’s to try to tie it up tomorrow in game two with an impressive Bassitt on the hill against Cy young candidate Keuchel. Stay tuned for a remarkable game two with another good matchup on paper. In this game, I look for the A’s bats to have more spunk and provide the spark to push them over the hump and win game two. That better hitting combined with the hitting of the Sox’s plus the A’s pitching of Bassitt going against Kuechel makes this a must-watch game tomorrow in my eyes.
Game one is in the books as a hard-fought homer and steller pitching 4-1 win for the Sox’s. Now time to bring on game two at 3:10 Eastern tomorrow (Wednesday).
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