June 17: Oakland 18, Chicago 5
Yikes, this one got out of control. Chicago starter Red Faber just can’t find any answers this season and holds the dubious distinction for worst ERA among qualified pitchers at 7.12. But to be fair, the other three White Sox pitchers to enter this game didn’t fare any better than Faber.
Jimmie Foxx drilled three singles, Al Simmons spanked a single, triple, and homer, and Reggie Jackson crushed two singles and two homers. Reggie tallied seven RBI in the contest.
R H BB OAK 041 032 053 - 18 21 6 CHI 010 101 020 - 5 6 3 HR: A. Simmons (11), R. Jackson-2 (12), J. Jackson (5), C. Lemon (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO L. Grove 8.0 5 4 2 3 2 R. Faber 4.2 8 8 2 3 2 OAK 35-32, CHI 30-37
June 18: Chicago 4, Oakland 3
Johnny Rigney has been only marginally better than Faber for Chicago this year, but he stepped up in this one to lead the White Sox to a more respectable game. The Sox carried a 3-0 lead into the seventh on the strength of a Frank Thomas blast, but the game just about got away from them when Rigney slipped in the seventh. Oakland plated two that inning to get within a run, and then small-balled the tying run across in the top of the ninth against Keith Foulke. Reggie Jackson picked up the RBI on a sac-fly.
Robin Ventura didn’t mope about it though, and led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off job against Tim Hudson.
R H BB OAK 000 000 201 - 3 4 5 CHI 003 000 001 - 4 9 3 HR: F. Thomas (11), R. Ventura (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO T. Hudson 8.0 4 4 2 3 6 J. Rigney 6.1 2 2 0 3 2 OAK 35-33, CHI 31-37
June 19: Oakland 5, Chicago 3 (10 innings)
The rubber match was a tight one too, this time with Chicago scoring some late runs to tie it up.
Reggie Jackson was huge again, doubling in two runs in the sixth to put Oakland ahead, and knocking in an insurance run in the eighth to put them up 3-1.
Chicago stormed right back in the bottom of the eighth though with a two-out rally. Luke Appling and Eddie Collins walked, Chet Lemon singled a run in to make it 3-2 Oakland, and Oakland catcher Mickey Cochrane made an error on a Frank Thomas dribbler to allow the tying run to score.
Starter Eddie Cicotte kept going in the top of the 10th, but might have been left in an inning too long. Al Simmons started it off with a triple and scalding hot Reggie Jackson doubled him home for the winner. It was Jackson’s TWELFTH RBI of the series.
R H BB OAK 000 002 010 2 - 5 9 4 CHI 000 100 020 0 - 3 5 7 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Bender 7.2 3 1 0 6 1 E. Cicotte 9.1 5 4 0 4 5 OAK 36-33, CHI 31-38