White Sox hold on for season-opening win over the Athletics
OAKLAND – With a team that was up-and-down a year ago and had a combination of drama yet explosiveness in the spring, who knew what Robin Ventura’s team might do in their season opener.
That was proven true right at the beginning of the White Sox’ season opener against the Athletics on Monday night at Oakland Coliseum. The first batter of the year, Adam Eaton, was hit by a Rich Hill pitch then was thrown out a little while later when he got into a rundown between first and second.
An unusual way to open what figures to be an interesting campaign on the South Side-but in the end the start was a good one.
Four runs by the White Sox in the third inning were enough for Chris Sale and the pitching staff who held off the hosts for a 4-0 win on Monday night in Oakland.
Chris Sale pitched seven innings allowing all three of his runs in the third yes pitched shutouts in the others with eight strikeouts in picking up his first win of the season. David Robertson came on in the ninth and had just one baserunner in protection the one-run lead to pick up his first save of the season.
Despite his unusual start to the season Eaton was the man who brought home the first White Sox run on the season with a triple to center in the third that brought home Austin Jackson. Jimmy Rollins brought him home with a single to make it 2-0 and two more runs came home when Mark Canha dropped a throw at first that would have been the third out.
With the ball heading towards the dugout, Rollins and Jose Abreu came into score to make it 4-0.
Dominant through the first two innings, Sale ran into trouble in the third inning as he allowed three runs. Jed Lowrie brought in two with an RBI single to right and he came in when Danny Valencia got a hit of his own to make it 4-3.
While the White Sox bats couldn’t add to the lead the team’s bullpen held on after Sale left. Zach Duke and Nate Jones kept the Athletics off the scoreboard in the eighth inning before Robertson took care of business in the ninth to get the season started off right.