We've now completed four innings in Oakland and this game is no sprint. It's taken almost two hours to complete not quite hlaf the game. The A's have uncharacteristically used big bats to jump all over the White Sox. They lead 7-2, riding a big first couple innings and knocking Freddy Garcia out after recording only four outs. Vin Mazzaro has pitched masterfully, escaping a first inning jam. He did leave a breaking ball up to Ramon Castro, who made Mazzaro pay with a two-run shot.
Daric Barton has hit the ball hard in each at-bat and Kurt Suzuki and Jack Cust have flexed their muscles with back-to-back with quite different blasts. Zook's blast was originally called a double until an umpire meeting ruled it to have cleared the left field wall. Cust's on the other hand was a no-doubter deep into the Oakland sky.
Speaking of Oakland sky, the sun has been brutal as ever today. It has already resulted in a dropped fly ball in foul territory by usually sure-handed Omar Vizquel and near misses by Coco Crisp in center field.
The broadcast by Fox has been extremely painful. Chris Rose and Mark Grace have created a broadcast laden with bad jokes and subpar knowledge. Mispronunciations of many players names and ill-informed facts have made this slightly frustrating to listen. If I have to hear Mark Grace say, "That's a pretty picture isn't it?" one more time...