Athletics delay Abreu, White Sox to force series in Game 3

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OAKLAND, Calif .– Longtime Oakland regulars Marcus Semien and Khris Davis propelled a few home runs, Mark Canha scored a game against the wall and searing right-hander Chris Bassitt delivered the start of his life.

Now the A slugging are back in a familiar fall position: a win-win post-season game with the season in play.

Semien and Davis connected early and the Oakland reliever box barely stood up to Jose Abreu and the late Chicago White Sox for a 5-3 win on Wednesday that sent the AL playoff series to a deciding game. 3.

The A’s have lost in the AL wildcard game each of the past two seasons, providing additional motivation to win the division and win a longer streak.

The third match will take place on Thursday at the Colosseum.

” It feels good. We are thirsty for more victories, ”said Semien. “Tomorrow anything can happen. It’s like match 7. ”

A’s reliever Jake Diekman got a run in the ninth and then struck out the big Abreu shot on pointy ground to end it and even the best of three wildcard 1-all clashes.

The White Sox went 14-0 in the regular season against left-handed starters and beat lefty Jesus Luzardo in Game 1 of the playoffs. A manager Bob Melvin has conceded that this may cause him to reconsider who to start with the season on the line – perhaps right-hander Mike Fiers instead of southpaw Sean Manaea.

“I’m pretty sure we’re pretty confident in everyone we pitch against the White Sox,” Bassitt said. “The numbers don’t mean anything. It’s the post-season. I thought they were putting absurd beats on me, and I’m a right-hander. ”

Bassitt allowed a run on six hits over seven innings in an impressive postseason start as the AL West A-champion broke a six-game losing streak after the 2013 season.

The right-hander, drafted by the White Sox before being traded to Oakland in December 2014, got off to a good start with a 0.34 ERA in September.

Things got interesting when Bassitt gave way to Liam Hendriks after a first single against Tim Anderson in the eighth with a 5-0 lead. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer later.

Hendriks made a pair of two-out singles in the ninth and walked Yoan Moncada to charge the bases. Diekman relieved and walked Grandal home for a run.

Abreu, a top contender for AL MVP, hit hard ground on second base as Diekman won a tough save.

Oakland hit three straight singles with one out in Game 1 against Dallas Keuchel, and second baseman Nick Madrigal’s face-off error allowed two runs.

Keuchel came out after 3 1/3 innings after allowing five runs – three earned – and six hits.

He couldn’t hold back the A-slugings like Lucas Giolito did a day earlier when he scored a perfect game in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 4-1 win in Game 1.

The White Sox haven’t won a straight road playoff game since getting six in a row in 2005.

“The most important thing is to carry that momentum from the last set into tomorrow’s game,” said Madrigal. “Even coming into today’s game, everyone felt good. We had some good runs, but we just didn’t concede. No one is really worried, we know what we can do. Game. ”

BACK TO THE TRACK

The A had lost five consecutive games after the season to elimination.

Oakland’s six-game playoff slippage tied A’s longest – also from October 10, 2006 to October. 7, 2012. This was the club’s first post-season win since Game 3 of the 2013 AL Division Series, a 6-3 win over Detroit at Comerica Park.

The A’s lost the wild card game to the Yankees in 2018 and then to Tampa Bay last year after winning 97 games in both seasons but finishing second behind rival Houston Astros.

“Hopefully that experience helps a bit,” said Canha, whose jumping catch in the fifth stole Anderson.

DAVIS BOOK

Davis, who led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, has only broken through the fences for the second time since Sept. 4 after appearing just 11 games later.

He went just 3 for 18 against the White Sox last season.

TRAINERS ‘ROOM

White Sox: LF Eloy Jimenez was out for a second straight playoff game as he treated a sprained right foot that kept him out of the last three games of the regular season. Jimenez underwent heavy baseball work on Monday and was in pain again.

Jimenez was still receiving treatment to determine his status, with manager Rick Renteria noting that he was not available as a designated hitter because “you have to be able to run”.

“Right now he’s pretty much the same, no worse,” Renteria said. “I hope it can calm down a bit more. ”

ROUTINE

With another start at noon, some of the A’s opted to hit the field after failing to do so on Tuesday – which was treated more like a day game after a night game. Melvin said many of his players don’t want to go two straight days without batting practice.

FOLLOWING

The two managers scheduled meetings with their staff to determine who would take the mound.

Oakland kept six starting pitchers on the roster for options for a tie-breaker game.

“It’s all on the bridge,” Renteria said, without giving details on who he might start with. “TBA”.



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