A’s tee off on Torres, ChiSox
Five days after becoming an instant South Side star by shutting out the crosstown rival
Torres recorded only two outs – the shortest outing by a Sox starter in more than six years – while giving up consecutive home runs to
Chicago, which trails Detroit by 7 1/2 games in the
After taking consecutive series from the
“It’s just been an up-and-down year. You can look at our record and tell,” catcher
Torres (1-1) opened his fourth career start by walking
“I walked the first guy and started settling back in, throwing strikes, but then every ball that I threw over the plate got hit,” said Torres, who recorded only one more out than
Oakland, which has just its second three-game winning streak in three months, was glad to take advantage.
“The last couple of weeks, we’ve had a few games where we got behind early,”
“Anytime you get runs right off the bat, it makes it a little easier to pitch and you can be a little more aggressive,” Tomko said. “The guys just came in swinging.”
Sweeney, a one-time top
Oakland took a 7-0 lead in the second, with Sweeney getting an RBI single and scoring on Hairston’s double as boos rained down on the home team.
Hairston doubled in another run in the fourth before the
When Pierzynski and Tomko were San Francisco teammates in 2004, Tomko accused the catcher of being a clubhouse cancer. Before Tuesday’s game,
Tomko said afterward he didn’t mean to hit Pierzynski, who said he doubted it was intentional.
Suzuki had an RBI double in the sixth, Davis singled in a run in the seventh and Sweeney added an RBI single in the ninth.