The bullpen combined for 61/3 scoreless innings, and newcomers John Axford and Ryan Madson threw scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth.[…] the A’s failed to overcome Chicago lefty Chris Sale (except in the third inning when all seven runs were scored) and their defensive woes.
With some crisper play by the A’s, the White Sox might not have scored at all.
Subbing for scheduled starter Sonny Gray, newcomer Rich Hill made an errant pickoff attempt, and center fielder Billy Burns took a questionable route on a ball.
Later in the inning, shortstop Marcus Semien, who made a nice play to field Melky