OAKLAND -- Both the A's and White Sox were clad in 1968 throwback uniforms on Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the teams celebrated the 50th anniversary of baseball's arrival in Oakland.The 1968 White Sox went 67-95, and not much went right for the 2018 incarnation of the club on
OAKLAND -- Both the A's and White Sox were clad in 1968 throwback uniforms on Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the teams celebrated the 50th anniversary of baseball's arrival in Oakland.
The 1968 White Sox went 67-95, and not much went right for the 2018 incarnation of the club on this night, as Yoan Moncada's 2-for-4 night at the plate was about the only bright spot for Chicago in a 10-2 loss that secured a third consecutive series loss for the Sox.
Moncada's two-run homer off A's reliever Ryan Dull in the eighth inning accounted for Chicago's only offense. He had walked and stolen second in the first -- his second straight contest in which he reached base and swiped a bag to lead off the game -- and added a double in the third.
More significantly, Moncada, who been 1-for-11 with eight strikeouts and no walks in his previous three games, worked three-ball counts in all five of his at-bats despite striking out twice.
"I've been seeing and recognizing pitches better," Moncada said through an interpreter. "That's important, because that's going to help me get over this."
Manager Rick Renteria had been steadfast in his confidence in leaving the 22-year-old in the leadoff spot as he continued to work out his early-season struggles, and the former No. 1 prospect rewarded his manager's faith on Tuesday with what looked to be a step in the right direction.
"I have the right focus, and I've been working hard, and my offense is on the right path to get to where I want my offense to be," Moncada said. "I've made some adjustments. There are still a few adjustments that I need to do, but I think right now, I'm feeling much better."
Despite the lack of runs to show for it, the Sox did knock eight hits and had baserunners in every inning except the seventh, and Renteria was encouraged by the signs he saw from his entire lineup -- not just Moncada.
"I think we had quite a few at-bats today that got a little deeper into counts by quite a few guys," Renteria said. "Again, ultimately, we had some situations where we hit some balls pretty good right at some people. In general, for me, as much as we didn't come out on top in this ballgame, I kind of liked the way we were playing the game."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Yoan can put it on the board: For a second straight game, the Sox ruined an A's shutout with a late homer, and this time, it was Moncada who did the damage with his homer to right field on a 3-2 changeup. Moncada's homer traveled a Statcast-estimated 387 feet and left the bat at 111 mph.
"During a full count, I was just trying to hit the ball hard and get a good pitch to hit," Moncada said. "I was fortunate enough to get that pitch, and I hit it hard."
The homer scored Omar Narvaez, who had reached on a strike-three wild pitch one batter earlier. Dull proceeded to strike out Avisail Garcia, Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson for the first four-strikeout inning by an A's reliever since 2012.
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RISP woes continue: Good news: The Sox picked up their first hits with runners in scoring position since April 10. Bad news: They didn't score anyone.
In the third inning, with Moncada on second after a one-out double, Garcia lined a single into left field, but Moncada was stopped at third. One pitch later, Abreu grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Sox loaded the bases in the ninth with the game already out of hand, but Narvaez and Moncada struck out to end the game, leaving the Sox 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday.
Chicago is now 5-for-62 (.081) in such situations over its last eight games.
BULLPEN CONTINUES RESURGENCE
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was chased after allowing eight runs in three-plus innings in the shortest outing by a White Sox starter all season, but Chicago's bullpen quietly continued its bounceback from a rough start to the year, as it allowed two runs in five innings of relief.
Sox relievers now have a 3.51 ERA in their last eight games after posting a 8.55 ERA in the first six contests of the season.
After Hector Santiago got the Sox through the fifth inning, Renteria opted to give Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon and Nate Jones an inning each to give them some game action after Chicago's three-day break due to the inclement weather in Minnesota.
"They did a nice job," Renteria said. "We hadn't used the three horsemen in about five days. We're glad we got them out there to get a little bit of work. We'll be fine."
The Sox will wrap up what became a seven-day, four-game road trip Wednesday afternoon at 2:35 p.m. CT, as right-hander Carson Fulmer will look to regain his command after issuing six walks in 4 2/3 innings in his last start. Oakland will send righty Andrew Triggs to the mound for his fourth start of the season.
Do-Hyoung Park is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.