OAKLAND— The White Sox haven’t had too many efforts like Tuesday’s in 2014.
Awful might be a generous description.
Starting pitcher Scott Carroll struggled and his offense and defense didn’t offer any help as the Oakland A’s routed the White Sox 11-0 in front of 13,825 at O.co Coliseum.
Carroll allowed six earned runs as Brandon Moss homered twice and Josh Reddick also went deep for Oakland, which outhit the White Sox 17-4. The White Sox have lost four straight, including the first two games on a 10-game road trip.
“We were just outplayed all the way around, offensively, defensively,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “One of those nights. Nothing went right. Scotty probably in the middle of the zone too much and they swung it. They swung it all night against everybody.”
The A’s didn’t immediately jump all over Carroll (1-3).
Oakland scored in the first inning on a Moss two-out, RBI double that left fielder Dayan Viciedo misplayed. Carroll then retired nine of the next 10 he faced into the fourth inning. But Reddick kept the fourth inning alive with a two-out single, and after a walk, Craig Gentry singled in a run to make it 2-0.
Oakland then took control in the fifth inning.
Doubles by John Jaso, Yoenis Cespedes and Derek Norris made it 4-0. Reddick, who has wowed the home crowd after changing his walkup music to Wham’s “Careless Whisper,” made loud noises with his bat when he launched a two-run shot to right-center to put the A’s ahead by six.
Carroll allowed 11 hits and six earned runs over five innings.
“I thought I made some pitches but that fifth inning particularly I made some bad pitches deep in the count which you can't do,” Carroll said. “I left some pitches over the middle and what's frustrating is it's two outs and two strikes. Things we can work on and correct, but it's leaving me a little salty because I know I'm better than that. Deep in the count as good a hitting team as they are you have to put them away and make quality pitches.”
His counterpart, Drew Pomeranz, spent the better part of five innings blowing high fastballs by White Sox hitters. He struck out the side in the first and fifth innings, including rookie Marcus Semien with two on to end the latter.
The White Sox had only one batter reach second base all night as Pomeranz and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout.
Pomeranz struck out eight over five innings and allowed three hits and two walks. Dan Otero, Fernando Abad and Joe Savery then set down 11 of the 12 batters they faced over the final four innings.
“I just chased a lot of pitches up,” Semien said. “Fastball up, the breaking ball. He did a good job of changing our eye level. There were pitches out of the zone too that we swung at. He had a two-pitch mix and kept us off-balance with that. He did a good job with his stuff.”
The White Sox didn’t do any good aside from Leury Garcia’s home run-saving catch in the sixth inning when he robbed Cespedes.
Afterward, Ventura was blunt about the performance.
“We just got outplayed all the way around tonight,” Ventura said. “It’s pretty simple.”