June 2, 2009 Chicago - Internet Baseball News by baseballhistorian.com Chicago's Office
Before 20,519 on Chicago's South Side, rookie pitcher Vin Marraro worked 6.1 shutout innings to win his first major league start as the Oakland A's stopped a 4-game Chicago White Sox winning streak. DH Jack Cust hammered his 8th home run of the season in the 4th inning off Sox starter and loser Bartolo Colon (3-5, 3.75 ERA).
The Athletics took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning after shortstop Daniel Cabrera lined a two-base hit off Bartolo Colon and Adam Kennedy laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, moving the runner to third. Jack Cust hit a sacrifice fly to score Daniel Cabrera.
The A's scored 3 more runs off Colon in the 5th. A's right fielder Aaron Cunningham started the rally by driving a hard grounder to White Sox 3rd baseman Wilson Betemit, who let the ball go under his glove for an error. Third baseman Jack Hannahan walked and Daniel Cabrera sacrificed both runners. After Adam Kennedy flied out, runners holding their bases. Ozzie Guillen, White Sox manager, ordered slugger Jack Cust walked intentionally. Oakland's star left-fielder Matt Holiday, who lined a bases-loaded double scoring all three base runners.
Van Mazzaro (1-0 0.00 ERA) yielded just 3-hits while walking 4 and striking out 1 in his major league debut. He worked hard and had good stuff. IN the first inning Chicago's fast-running, leadoff batter, Scott Podsednik singled to open the game, but was picked off first base with a perfect throw fron Van Mazzaro. "It took the momentum right of the inning, said SCott Podsednik after the game.
A's relievers, left-hander Craig Breslow worked 2/3 of an inning of hitless baseball and right-hander Brad Ziegler allowed 2-hits, 1 walk, 1 K in 2 innings. Brad Ziegler, who posted a 3-0 record with a stingy 1.03 ERA in 2008, looks like he found his niche in the A's bullpen.
Oakland improve its 2009 record to 20-30 while Chicago fell to 25-26.
Umpires... Home Tom Hallion... 1B Jerry Crawford... 2B Dan Bellino... 3B Phil Cuzzi