The Oakland A’s defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-3 at Guaranteed Rate Field. The A’s move to 39-63, 27 1⁄2 games behind the first-place Astros in the AL West. The White Sox drop to 49-50, 3 1⁄2 games behind the Twins for first in the AL Central.
James Kaprielian started for the A’s, going six innings and giving up an earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four.
Kaprielian used a five-pitch arsenal in his 85-pitch outing. He used his 4-seamer 37 times, generating nine called strikes and four whiffs for a 35% CSW rate. Kaprielian’s changeup was his only pitch to lose spin, vertical break and horizontal break, while his slider was his only pitch to lose velocity.
Here’s Kaprielian’s breakdown:
Lance Lynn took the mound for the White Sox. Lynn went 5 2⁄3 innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits (three home runs) while striking out eight.
Lynn used a six-pitch arsenal in his 104-pitch start. He used his 4-seamer 50 times. Lynn gained spin on his entire arsenal and velocity on four of his six pitches.
Lynn’s start looked like this:
With runners on the corners and nobody out in the top of the second, A’s designated hitter Stephen Piscotty homered to put Oakland ahead, 3-1.
The home run had a 1.97 LI.
White Sox catcher Reese McGuire had a 1.05 pLI on the night. Under that pressure, McGuire went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Piscotty’s homer added .176 WPA for the A’s.
Kaprielian added a game-high .200 WPA for the A’s in his six innings of work.
Luckiest hit: White Sox first baseman José Abreu hit a 70.7 mph, .150 xBA RBI single to right field in the bottom of the first.
Toughest out: White Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez barreled a .760 xBA line out in the bottom of the second, one of nine total barrels in the game.
Hardest hit: A’s first baseman Seth Brown hit his first of two home runs 112.2 mph into right field.
Weakest contact: Abreu hit a 56.1 mph ground out in the bottom of the sixth.
Longest hit: Piscotty’s three-run blast went 413 feet.
Magic Number: 7
With tonight’s loss, the White Sox are now seven games under .500 in home games. Chicago has a 28-22 road record.
Hard-hit is any ball off the bat at 95 mph or more
LI measures pressure per play
pLId measures total pressure faced in-game
Whiff a swing-and-miss
WPA win probability added measures contributions to the win
xBA expected batting average
Who was the White Sox MVP in the 7-3 loss to the A’s?
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Josh Harrison: 1-for-3, 2-RBI home run, .045 WPA
José Abreu: 1-for-4, RBI, .044 WPA
Tim Anderson: 1-for-3, K, .006 WPA
AJ Pollock: 1-for-3, R, BB, .004 WPA
Eloy Jiménez: 1-for-4, R, -.018 WPA
Who was the White Sox Cold Cat in the 7-3 loss to the A’s?
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Lance Lynn: 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 3 HR, 8 K, -.251 WPA
Yoán Moncada: 0-for-4, K, -.085 WPA
Yasmani Grandal: 0-for-4, 2 K, -.085 WPA
Reese McGuire: 0-for-3, K, -.081 WPA
Davis Martin: 3.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, HR, 3 K, -.050 WPA