Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 171
Oakland0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 x 360
  W: S. Manaea (9-9)   L: R. López (3-2)   S: A. Chafin (3)
12:37 PM PT1:37 PM MT2:37 PM CT3:37 PM ET15:37 ET19:37 GMT3:37 12:37 PM MST2:37 PM EST3:07 PM VEN23:37 UAE1:37 PM CT, September 9, 2021
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 5,078

White Sox's Andrew Vaughn aims to shake slump in finale vs. A's

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics

  1. The White Sox won three of four at Guaranteed Rate Field back on August 16-19 against the A's. Oakland hit just .190 in the four games against Chicago, but five of their 24 hits were for home runs. The White Sox hit .288 with four home runs in the series.
  2. The White Sox lost two of three at Kansas City over the weekend but have won six of their last nine games. They own a plus-136 run differential this season, which is their highest since the 2000 season when they were +139.
  3. The Athletics were swept in three games at Toronto after winning four of their previous five games. Oakland is 19-8 against teams from the American League Central and 44-46 versus the rest of the AL.
  4. Jose Abreu has 103 RBI this season, tied for the major league lead with the Royals' Salvador Perez. He led the AL in RBI the previous two seasons. The last player to lead the AL in RBI three seasons in a row was Cecil Fielder (1990-1992).
  5. Matt Olson is third in the AL with a .917 OPS. The last A's player to finish in the top three of the league in OPS was Jason Giambi in 2001 (first, 1.137 OPS). Olson is hitting .143 (2/14) versus the White Sox this season but .371 (33/89) against the rest of the AL Central.
  6. Jimmy Lambert is making his sixth career appearance and his third career start. Three of his first five appearances have come against Cleveland. James Kaprielian has allowed 10 runs in last two starts (9.0 innings) after allowing six in his previous three starts (16.1 innings).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/7/2021 thru 9/9/2021

Chicago White Sox rookie Andrew Vaughn will attempt to give family and friends something to cheer about when his so-far-quiet homecoming ends Thursday afternoon against the host Oakland Athletics.

The lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident and former University of California star has gone 0-for-9 with three strikeouts in the first two games of the White Sox-A's series, which the teams have split.

After facing right-handed starters James Kaprielian and Frankie Montas in the first two games of the series, Vaughn will get a crack at lefty Sean Manaea (8-9, 3.91 ERA) in the final regular-season game between Chicago and Oakland this season.

Vaughn, a right-handed hitter, has batted much better against left-handers than right-handers this season. Despite getting far fewer tries against lefties (110 at-bats) than righties (282), he has hit more home runs against southpaws (8-7) while batting .291 against them, as opposed to .223 against right-handers.

The No. 3 overall pick of the 2019 draft, Vaughn made the Chicago roster this year out of spring training, but he is in the midst of a 1-for-21 slump. The trip to Oakland is the first of his pro career.

"It's been amazing," he said of his rookie campaign for a team leading the American League Central. "We have such a good club, such good guys, and we're playing good baseball. Winning is fun. We've just got to keep it rolling."

The White Sox have won four of six against the A's this year in a rematch of the 2020 playoffs, a first-round series Oakland won 2-1.

Manaea didn't pitch in that series, and his turn in the rotation didn't come up when the A's visited Chicago last month, so he has never faced Vaughn.

He has opposed the White Sox just once, in an 11-2 win at Chicago on June 22, 2018. Manaea worked seven innings in that contest, allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out seven.

Having gone to the bullpen a total of 15 times over the previous four games and watched his relievers serve up 21 runs and 26 hits in those 16 innings, A's manager Bob Melvin was happy to see just two pitchers handle the entire nine innings Wednesday in a 5-1 win. Frankie Montas went the first seven innings and Andrew Chafin handled the last two.

"It was nice," Melvin said. "It gives us another day (of rest) for the (Sergio) Romos and (Yusmeiro) Petits and Dieks (Jake Diekman). So it benefits a lot."

Manaea and Oakland's fresh bullpen are expected to be opposed in the series finale by Reynaldo Lopez (3-1, 2.08 ERA). The right-hander has pitched brilliantly in four career starts against the A's, going 2-1 with a 0.77 ERA.

One of those starts was Aug. 17 at home against the A's, when he threw five innings of shutout ball in a 9-0 win.

Lopez, who began the season in the minors, has been brought along slowly as a White Sox starter, never having thrown more than 75 pitches in a game this season.

He is coming off a no-decision at Kansas City on Saturday, when he allowed the Royals three runs in four innings.

Pitchers have gotten the better of the hitters in the first two games of the series, with Oakland having outscored Chicago 8-7. There has been just one homer in the two games, that coming off the bat of A's third baseman Matt Chapman on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 9, 2021