White Sox waste Dylan Axelrod’s gem in loss to A’s
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2013 11:37PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 31, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Updated: June 1, 2013 12:11AM
OAKLAND, Calif. — Dylan Axelrod couldn’t have done much more in his 11th and best start of the White Sox’ frustrating season.
The right-hander stood toe-to-toe with Oakland Athletics veteran Bartolo Colon on Friday night, retiring 21 of 23 hitters before John Jaso and Josh Reddick got to him with back-to-back doubles to open the eighth inning, breaking a scoreless tie and sending the Sox to a 3-0 loss.
The loss was the Sox’ fourth in a row, following three against the Cubs and dropping them to four games below .500.
There was little blame for Axelrod (3-4), who lowered his ERA to 4.04 while watching his personal three-game winning streak halted. Axelrod allowed four hits in seven-plus innings, striking out a season-high seven and walking none.
Coco Crisp’s two-run single in the eighth against Jesse Crain made it 3-0. One of those runs was charged to Axelrod, the other to Matt Thornton.
Colon improved to 6-2.