What do you know, another two horrible decisions by Oakland A's manager Bob Geren costs the Oakland A's! One decision cost the A's the lead, the other one cost the game.
It makes you wonder, why the heck is he still around? Even with the A's playing much better baseball, it still doesn't take away the fact that in close games, Geren's choices in certain situations are just costly for the A's.
The first mistake by Geren was not having a reliever ready to start the top of the sixth inning. There was no way that Brett Anderson should have been on the mound once the A's claimed the 7-6 lead from the White Sox.
Anderson did his job after giving up six runs in the first two innings. He settled down and gave the A's a chance to score some runs for him. His sixth inning didn't start well when he gave up a leadoff single to Jayson Nix and then another single to Ramon Castro.
Jay Marshall was then brought into the game, and got Scott Posednik on a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners over. Brad Ziegler was able to record the final two outs, but the runner from third scored, tying the ball game.
Geren's second mistake proved more costly. This time it was in the top of the 10th inning, Geren decided to use Craig Breslow to face Alexei Ramirez who is one of the more dangerous hitters in the White Sox lineup.
Thanks to the decision, even though Breslow got ahead in the count, he hung a slider right in the wheelhouse of Ramirez to lead off the 10th inning and give the White Sox the lead and the win.
Yet, the A's had other options in the bullpen to face the dangerous Ramirez. Pitchers such as Santiago Casilla, Jeff Gray, or even Edgar Gonzalez stood a better chance at taking on Ramirez then Breslow. Alas, the A's got burned again by another terrible decision by Geren.