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White Sox blown out 7-0 in series opener

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Mike Fiers shuts everyone not named Tim Anderson down

Oakland Athletics v Chicago White Sox
Tim Anderson: Hitting machine.
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The Chicago White Sox combined for just four singles today in a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Oakland A’s. Two of the singles came from Tim Anderson, along with a stolen base. His performance is about the only highlight for the White Sox today.

Ross Detwiler was greeted with a solo shot from Matt Chapman in the first to give the A’s a quick 1-0 lead. In the second inning Detwiler gave up another solo shot, this time to Stephen Piscotty. Other than those two home runs, Detwiler was solid. He was able to keep the Sox in the game through 5 13 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking four.

Leury García got Detwiler out of some trouble in the fifth inning with this dazzling double play.

The Sox were still in the game, only down 2-0, until the eighth inning. Jace Fry came in and proceeded to set the field on fire. Mark Canha led off the inning with a walk. Chad Pinder followed up with a two-run shot, doubling the lead to 4-0. Fry then walked Khris Davis, and Piscotty followed with a single to knock Fry out of the box without even recording an out. Josh Osich relieved Fry and immediately served up back-to-back doubles to Jurickson Profar and Dustin Garneau that scored Davis and Profar. The A’s lead was up to 7-0 by the end of the eighth inning, putting the game out of reach.

Mike Fiers shut the South Side down for the second time this year, breezing through seven innings with no runs on three hits, striking out eight and walking zero. Fiers vs. the White Sox this year has pitched 14 23 innings, giving up no runs, just one walk and striking out 12. Lucky for the Sox, that will be the last we see of Fiers this year.

The two other Chicago hits came from García and James McCann, off of our old friend Joakim Soria. Four lone singles from the White Sox today — no extra base hits and no runs. That’s what I call a sad day of baseball on the South Side. Appropriately, with “Field of Dreams” playing on the big screen at the park postgame, tears will be shed over both the White Sox’s noodle bats and Kevin Costner “having a catch.”

Tomorrow we look for Reynaldo López to continue his second-half dominance, and for the bats to get hot against newly-acquired A’s pitcher, Tanner Roark. Catch the game on NBC Sports Chicago and listen on 720 WGN-AM, 6:10 p.m. The cool hand of Joe Resis brings you your SSS coverage.

Oh, and tomorrow night is Eloy bobblehead night, so make sure to get to the park and get yours — and just watch Eloy go yard in honor of his night.