Athletics 3, White Sox 0
Boof Bonser may have wondered if he would get the chance to
pitch in the major leagues again. Winning, that was the last thing
on his mind.
Bonser won for the first time in more than two years, Chris
Carter finally got his first major league hit and the Oakland
Athletics sent the White Sox to their seventh straight loss,
beating Chicago 3-0 on Monday night.
”This year has been crazy,” said Bonser, who signed a minor
league deal with the A’s in July after his release from the Red
Sox. ”Starting in Boston and then coming here; it’s been
Bonser missed all of last season following labrum and rotator
cuff surgery. He appeared in two games with the Red Sox before he
was designated for assignment.
”I was joking around about winning, but really, it doesn’t
matter,” Bonser said. ”Being hurt dampens things. I’m happy as
long as I can get out there and pitch.”
Kurt Suzuki had three hits and two RBIs as the A’s won their
third in four games. Daric Barton also drove in a run.
Andruw Jones doubled and singled for the White Sox, who matched
their longest losing streak since April 28 to May 5, 2008.
”Today was kind of a lousy game; very bad,” White Sox manager
Ozzie Guillen said. ”I’m disappointed in the losing streak because
it came at a bad time for us.”
Chicago is on the brink of being eliminated from the AL Central
race. The White Sox fell 11 games behind the first-place Minnesota
Twins, who can clinch their second consecutive division title
Tuesday night with a win over Cleveland and a Chicago loss in
A’s starter Gio Gonzalez allowed four hits in six innings,
striking out seven and walking four. Bonser (1-0) tossed a perfect
seventh for his first major league win since June 4, 2008, with
Minnesota against Baltimore.
”Gio has come a long way,” Guillen said. ”Since high school
he’s wanted to be good, to be noticed. He wanted people to talk
about him. The biggest thing is his maturity. He has a chance to
have a good career.”
Michael Wuertz worked the eighth and Craig Breslow got three
outs for his third save.
White Sox starter Gavin Floyd left after only seven pitches with
tightness in the back of his right shoulder. He did not get an
”I started feeling it my last start but I got some treatment
and it felt better,” Floyd said. ”But I felt it every pitch and
it didn’t seem like normal soreness.”
Tony Pena pitched six shutout innings in relief, allowing six
hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Scott Linebrink (3-2) allowed all three runs – one earned – in
Carter’s single leading off the seventh sparked the decisive
rally. Carter was hitless in his first 33 at-bats, the longest
streak to start a career by a non-pitcher since Texas’ Vic Harris
began 0 for 36 in 1972.
”He couldn’t do it at a better time,” Gonzalez said. ”He did
it in style, in front of the home crowd. He stepped it up big
Linebrink’s throwing error on Cliff Pennington’s bunt put
runners on first and second, and Rajai Davis beat out a bunt to
load the bases. Barton’s groundout allowed pinch-runner Greg Gross
to score, and one out later Suzuki added a two-run single.
”Suzuki has been struggling,” A’s manager Bob Geren said.
”It’s good he had a nice night. We need him down the
Chicago had runners on second and third with one out in the
second but failed to score, and Gonzalez walked the bases loaded
with two outs in the fourth before escaping.
NOTES: A’s closer Andrew Bailey has soreness in his right elbow
and will not pitch for a couple of days. … Floyd, who has
struggled in his last few outings, is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in five
career starts against Oakland. … Pena may take Floyd’s spot in
the rotation. … A’s OF Coco Crisp missed his second game with a
fractured pinkie and will likely miss the rest of the season. …
Breslow has four career saves. … The White Sox have allowed 23 of
their last 27 runs in the seventh inning or later. … Manny
Ramirez has reached base in 16 of his 18 games with the White