Final in 10
8:10 PM ET, April 11, 2011
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
A's overcome brilliant Mark Buehrle to tie White Sox in 9th, win in 10th
CHICAGO -- In a rare matchup between perfect starting pitchers, it was a young reliever and a catcher that made the difference for the Oakland Athletics.Catcher Kurt Suzuki homered on a 1-2 pitch from Jesse Crain with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Oakland a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night."It's a big thrill," said Suzuki. "Any time you can get a hit when it really counts, it's an exciting time."
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Regular Season Series
|Chicago leads 6-4 (as of Mon 4/11)|
|» Mon 4/11||OAK 2, @CHW 1||Box Score|
|Tue 4/12||@CHW 6, OAK 5||Recap|
|Wed 4/13||OAK 7, @CHW 4||Recap|
|Fri 5/13||CHW 4, @OAK 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/14||@OAK 6, CHW 2||Recap|
|Sun 5/15||CHW 4, @OAK 3||Recap|
|Thu 6/9||@CHW 9, OAK 4||Recap|
|Fri 6/10||OAK 7, @CHW 5||Recap|
|Sat 6/11||@CHW 3, OAK 2||Recap|
|Sun 6/12||@CHW 5, OAK 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Athletics | White Sox|
|5th||B Lillibridge homered to left center (398 feet).||0||1|
|9th||D Barton safe at second on error by left fielder J Pierre, C Pennington scored.||1||1|
|10th||K Suzuki homered to left (362 feet).||2||1|
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|Stadium||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||20,057 (49.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||57 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott|
Why White Sox starter Mark Buehrle should have beaten the A's: - Went to the offspeed stuff early and often: Buehrle did not allow a hit in the first five innings, as A's hitters went 0-for-11 during that time in at-bats ending with the curve, slider and changeup. Forty of his first 62 pitches were offspeed (64.5 percent); he threw offspeed pitches just 39.5 percent of the time last season. Entering Monday night, the A's were hitting .289 against fastballs and just .169 against offspeed pitches. - Kept the ball in the infield: Only five balls (two singles, three flyouts) reached the outfield, three of which were hit by Josh Willingham. As a result, no hitter reached second base off Buehrle. - Had success in the upper part of the zone: A's hitters went 0-for-11 in at-bats ending with pitches up in the zone or down the middle. Last season, opposing hitters batted .318 off Buehrle in at-bats ending on pitches up in the zone and .320 down the middle.
The HR in the bottom of the 5th inning by Brent Lillibridge is his 1st of the season and 3rd of his career... BUT... It is the 10,000th in White Sox history. They are the 15th team to accomplish the feat.
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