A strange run of days, culminating with an odd game at the now Overstock.com Coliseum on Friday the 13th starts us off this time, because odd it was.
The White Sox did score four runs off Brandon McCarthy in the second inning thanks to consecutive walks (seven straight balls) to Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski after Paul Konerko led the frame off with a single.
A force out, double, sacrifice fly, and infield single pushed three runs across, but a wild pick-off attempt at first cost run number four, and that was all the White Sox needed.
But, Coco Crisp nabbed a walk to start the bottom of Oakland's eighth, and stole second, got moved to third, and then, with two outs, and pinch hitter Conor Jackson at the dish, the Oakland center fielder tried to swipe home.
Now, I have never seen a runner try to steal home live, but Coco came pretty close. In fact, had Jackson either, stayed in the box, or swung at the pitch, he might have protected just enough for the Athletics to tie things up.
C'est la vie.
But, two runs on wild pitches, and two innings that ended with batters still in the middle of plate appearances?