After hitting four home runs on Friday en route to a 7-3 road win over Chicago White Sox kicking off a three-game streak, the growing Oakland A’s will look to keep in touch on Saturday.
Oakland has won four straight seasons and seven of nine since the All-Star break, thanks in large part to a horde of homers.
This season in July, the A’s hit 33 of their 87 home runs to help them go 14–10, guaranteeing the club’s first winning month of 2022.
Back off the paternity list, Oakland’s Seth Brown hit the team’s two home runs on Friday, solo throws in the sixth and eighth innings.
During both trips to the bases, Brown had a one-pointed mind.
“When I ran, I just knew my wife was holding my son,” Brown said. “So I think that’s what I’ll remember the most, just imagine my wife holding my son in her arms.”
Chicago couldn’t match Oakland’s prowess. The White Sox tied 5–3 on a two-run home run by Josh Harrison in the seventh inning, but otherwise failed to maintain early momentum from Jose Abreu’s RBI single in the first inning that gave them a 1–0 lead.
Eager to get into a rhythm as they aim for a third consecutive playoff berth, the White Sox sank below .500 again. Chicago lost for the second straight Friday after a three-game winning streak that followed another two-game drift.
The White Sox succumbed to their disappointment in the seventh round as lead hitter Tim Anderson and manager Tony La Russa were sent off for contesting the named third strike.
Harrison couldn’t deny that the team was pressing.
“When you look at the baseball game, 162 games, we didn’t play our best baseball,” he said. “But sometimes we go there feeling like we have to be a guy to change that. You have to show up every day and rely on the next person. It has nothing to do with chemistry.
“This game of baseball is putting pressure on you, and we’re putting more pressure on ourselves instead of going out and playing the game we love and know how to play.”
Chicago had three doubles in six hits, but it looks like the roster gets even more attractive as the streak goes on. After resting Andrew Vaughn on Friday, La Russa reported that Vaughn would play Saturday and Sunday.
There are a couple of right-handers in the pitching game, with Oakland’s Paul Blackburn (6-6, 4.35 ERA) facing off against Johnny Cueto (4-4, 2.89).
Blackburn is 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA over his last seven starts. He fought the White Sox in a limited career selection, losing both starts on innings by a 7.84 ERA.
Cueto is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four career starts against the A’s, with 18 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Cueto has pitched a 2.00 ERA over four starts this month and is coming off Saturday without a decision against Cleveland, as he tossed out four runs (three earned) and eight hits in seven innings.
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