Tom Milone gave the Oakland A's another fantastic start. This time, the offense provided just enough support to give him a win as the A's evened the three-game series against Chicago with a 2-0 victory at the Coliseum.
Milone went eight fantastic innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five. He was matched nearly pitch for pitch by Chicago's Gavin Floyd, who allowed only two hits in 7 1/3 innings. His only charged run came off the arm of White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, who allowed a left field double by pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki to break the deadlock. Eric Sogard provided insurance with an opposite field single in the eighth to make it 2-0. Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
The story again was Milone, who lowered his earned run average to an even two for the year. Just like his 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on April 9th, he went eight innings in under 100 pitches. And more impressively, no White Sox hitter reached second base. Floyd matched him for seven innings but takes a hard luck loss. With the win, Milone improves to 3-1.
Good: Tom Milone. More like great. On a night when Gio Gonzalez is pitching, A's fans are getting amnesia about last year's All-Star with each passing Milone start. He has simply been fantastic in this early season. Ninety-eight pitches, 67 strikes, and he completely had the White Sox under wraps tonight.
Bad: Luke Hughes. 0-3 with a strikeout and his second error in as many games. Scott Sizemore's loss may end up being the story of the 2012 season as the third base spot seems to be a huge void.
With the win, the A's improve to 9-10. They will attempt to win the series Wednesday afternoon as Jarrod Parker makes his first start for Oakland against Chicago's Chris Sale. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m.