Chris Bassitt threw seven shutout innings and Matt Olson smacked a two-run home run to lift the visiting Oakland Athletics to a 2-0 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon.
The A’s earned a series win behind their second shutout of the weekend, while notching their sixth victory in nine games. Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.
Bassitt stymied his former team while throwing just 94 pitches. He retired the side on seven pitches in the seventh and limited the White Sox to four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson recorded the lone extra-base hit against Bassitt, a one-out double in the first inning that extended his hitting streak to nine games.
White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito nearly matched Bassitt (8-5), establishing a career high with 13 strikeouts. The six-inning outing was his fourth career start with at least 10 Ks.
Seeking his first home win since June 30, Giolito struck out the side in the third and sixth while throwing 69 of his 103 pitches for strikes. A lack of run support spoiled an otherwise strong outing. Giolito (12-6) scattered two runs on five hits with one walk.
Oakland struck quickly in the fourth, grabbing a 2-0 lead after six pitches. Following a Matt Chapman leadoff double, Olson smacked Giolito’s 1-0 pitch over the fence in right-center field for his 23rd home run of the season and his first since July 30.
Chapman nearly homered himself in the fourth inning, but White Sox right fielder Jon Jay robbed him by bringing the ball back from over the wall; Jay, however, couldn’t come up with the catch.
Olson, Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder had two hits apiece for Oakland. White Sox relievers Jimmy Cordero, Jace Fry and Kelvin Herrera followed Giolito with three innings of two-hit relief, adding three strikeouts, all by Cordero.
The game began after a 28-minute delay as the White Sox honored recent Hall of Fame inductee Harold Baines with a pregame ceremony. An outfielder and designated hitter, Baines spent 14 of his 22 major league seasons with the White Sox.
—Field Level Media