Josh Outman Continues to Impress, Oakland A's Win 5-3

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJune 4, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Josh Outman #55 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the New York Yankees on April 21, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Josh Outman the Oakland A's rookie pitcher continues to impress. His only blemish of the night was in the bottom of the first inning to Jermaine Dye who smacked a two run homerun off of him.

The Chicago White Sox were able to score another run off of Outman, but it had to do with the defense and not anything that Outman did, like miss with a pitch. With runners on first and second with one out Brian Anderson hit a double play ball, but Adam Kennedy threw the ball away and it allowed Paul Konerko to score and Anderson to get to second.  

He ended up throwing the most pitches of his young career tonight in going 6.2 innings and that was 113 and he lowered his ERA on the season to 3.02 and improved to 3-0 on the season.

He did give up seven hits, but really had no trouble with the White Sox lineup. He struck out two and more impressively walked only one batter.

Michael Wuertz came into the game and got Jayson Nix to ground to end the seventh inning. Wuetz came on to start the eighth inning and he got Scott Posednik to ground out to him on a nice play where he was able to knock the ball down and get the speedy Posednik.

Unfortunately for Wuertz he wasn't able to get Ramirez out and instead walked him. That's when Bob Geren replaced him with Aaron Bailey who got Dye to fly out to center field. Bailey then got Jim Thome to hit a hard hit ball into left center, but Rajai Davis made a great sliding catch to rob Thome of a hit and end the inning.

Bailey finished the bottom of the ninth for his third save of the season. He got Konerko to fly out to center, struck out both Fields and DeWayne Wise.

On the offensive side the A's got on the board in the second inning with the bottom of the order taking advantage of Clayton Richard. Matt Holliday walked to start the inning. Jason Giambi then flew out, the next batter Bobby Crosby walked putting men at first and second.

Landon Powell continues to drive in runs with runners in scoring position and on a 3-2 pitch was able to sneak a grounder past Alexei Ramirez scoring Matt Holliday from second.

Aaron Cunningham then hit a single to right field scoring Bobby Crosby. Rajai Davis singled to left field loading the bases. The A's had a chance to break the game open, but weren't able to do that.

The next batter was Orlando Cabrera who hit a hard hit grounder to third which Josh Fields would not have been able to throw him out at first so he threw home instead because Powell is only about 80 percent due to his injured hamstring.

Adam Kennedy the next batter up with the bases loaded still was not able to drive anyone in either, he grounded slowly to Konerko to end the inning, but the A's were able to tie the game at two.

Next scoring opportunity for the A's came in the fourth inning. Crosby with the first fastball he saw from Richard hit a home run. The next batter Powell on the first pitch also hit a home run. The A's went back to back in that inning putting the score at 4-2.

The bottom of the fourth is when the White Sox scored their third run of the game on Kennedy's throwing error.

And the last score of the game came on a solo home run by Jason Giambi his seventh of the year.

There's two noteworthy things about the game. First was the fact that Kenny Williams the White Sox was not on the field for the infamous call of "the band is on the field" H claims he was on the sideline.

The second noteworthy thing that came out of the game was the bad day first base umpire Dan Bellino had. He missed balks on Richard three or four times during each throw to first base on Davis and twice on when Richard was throwing to first when Kennedy got on base with a walk.

Bellino also flat out missed a call in the ninth inning when Cabrera beat out an infield hit, but he was called out on a play that wasn't even really close.

Even with those three issues with Belinno the A's took the second game in a row from the White Sox. Now, hopefully they can do some damage against a really good pitcher in Mark Buehrle.