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  W: R. López (7-9)   L: T. Roark (1-1)   S: A. Colomé (23)
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Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 27,026

Athletics' Roark gets first look at White Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox

  1. The Athletics swept a three-game series at Chicago from July 12-14 with their starters compiling a 0.89 ERA and limiting the White Sox to three extra-base hits -- all in the final game. Oakland has won 13 of the past 16 meetings while averaging 6.9 runs per game.
  2. Chicago made it four wins in five games with an 8-1 victory at Detroit on Wednesday. The White Sox batted .392 (31-for-79) with runners in scoring position on their seven-game road trip to Philadelphia and Detroit. That average with RISP is the team's highest in a seven-game road span since 2009 (.393).
  3. Mike Fiers, Friday's projected starter, is 8-0 with a 2.26 ERA in his last 16 starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in 18 straight starts. That's the longest streak by an Athletics pitcher since at least 1913 and the longest run in MLB since Justin Verlander's 18-start streak in 2016.
  4. Jose Abreu's next home run will be the 171st of his career and would tie him with Robin Ventura for sixth on the franchise list. Abreu is 10-for-22 (.455) with a homer and six RBI in his last five games overall but just 3-for-29 (.103) in his last seven against Oakland.
  5. Mark Canha is batting .438 (14-for-32) with three home runs and seven RBI during a nine-game hitting streak against the White Sox. Since 2018, Only Mike Trout (.600) has a higher average against Chicago (minimum 25 plate appearances) than Canha.
  6. The White Sox have lost eight of their last nine home games while scoring just 16 runs and batting .193. That run total is the team's lowest in any nine-game single-season span at home since 1989.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/9/2019 thru 8/11/2019

Oakland Athletics right-hander Tanner Roark, an Illinois native, will try to continue his impressive home-state pitching when he goes after his first career win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday against the host Chicago White Sox.

The A's, who spent the first three days of the week on the north side of town and lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, opened their three-game series against the White Sox in impressive fashion on Friday afternoon, winning 7-0.

Mike Fiers threw seven shutout innings while Matt Chapman, Stephen Piscotty and Chad Pinder hit home runs, sending the A's to their fourth straight win over the White Sox this season.

Acquired at the trade deadline from Cincinnati, Roark (7-7, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to make his second start for the A's. He pitched well in his Oakland debut last Sunday, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 while giving up one run over five innings.

Roark, who was born in Wilmington, Ill., and attended the University of Illinois, has enjoyed seven homecomings at Wrigley Field, going 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA.

He has never faced the White Sox.

The 32-year-old pitched brilliantly at Wrigley earlier this season for the Reds, striking out nine in five shutout innings in a 10-2 win on May 26.

He has allowed a total of just five earned runs in his last five Chicago starts, with his team winning four of the games.

Chances are Roark will be paired with catcher Chris Herrmann for Saturday's start after working with Dustin Garneau in his first A's outing.

Garneau has been an offensive weapon for the A's since being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels last week. He contributed a two-run double to Friday's win.

He has four hits and six RBIs in four games for Oakland.

"You get inspired going to certain places, and I think he really enjoys being here," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Garneau. "It was a great pickup at the time, and obviously he's paid dividends."

The left-handed-hitting Herrmann is expected to get the start against White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez (6-9, 5.41 ERA), who will be seeking a career-high-tying seventh win.

Lopez has pitched well in his past five starts, going 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA.

He left his start July 14 in Oakland with a 2-1 lead before the A's rallied against the Chicago bullpen to win 3-2. Lopez held Oakland to one unearned run and three hits in six innings.

Lopez's only other appearance against the Athletics came in April 2018, when he allowed two runs and four hits in six innings and struck out 10. He took the loss in Oakland's 8-1 victory.

The White Sox have played most of their best ball of late on the road. They completed a 5-2 trip earlier this week that has been sandwiched by nine losses in their past 10 home games.

"I try not to get too high or too low in any streak, positive or negative, because it's such a long season," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "There are too many variables involved in the successes a club has."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 10, 2019

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