The Oakland Athletics, behind an impressive outing by Daniel Mengden, cruised to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
Mengden was given the opportunity to pitch a complete game shutout, but a Jose Abreu homer to lead off the eighth inning brought that to an end.
Nonetheless, it was a superb outing for Mengden and easily his best of the season. He allowed six hits and one run in eight innings of work, striking out six.
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The bullpen has worked overtime this season, but solid outings from Sean Manaea and Mengden over the past two games have given the relievers some much-needed rest.
White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez went six innings deep, allowing four hits, two runs and four walks with 10 strikeouts.
Lopez looked dominant throughout his outing, but his team’s defense wasn’t doing him any favors.
The White Sox committed four errors in what was a forgettable performance in that department. Chicago hadn’t played since Friday prior to tonight’s game and it showed.
Marcus Semien extended his on base streak tonight, going 1-for-4 overall with a walk. He’s reached base safely in all 17 games this season and has recorded a hit in all but two outings.
Pinder will split time in the outfield with Mark Canha, Jake Smolinski and Trayce Thompson moving forward. You’d have to think someone is the odd-man out among that bunch, though, and with the way Canha has been playing, Smolinski or Thompson could draw the short straw.
Cahill expected to get the call-up
RHP Trevor Cahill is expected to be called up from Triple-A Nashville tomorrow.
The Athletics have been using a four-man starting rotation due to the two off days last week, and Cahill is the next in line to get the call-up.
That’ll mean someone has to be sent down, and it’ll likely be one of the outfielders listed above.
Cahill was 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in two starts with the Sounds, allowing four hits, four earned runs and seven walks over 9 2/3 total innings pitched.