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White Sox vs. Athletics – Game Recap – September 8, 2022

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OAKLAND, California — — Yoán Moncada went 5 for 6 with two home runs and five RBI, Dylan Cease put out nine in six scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox hammered the Oakland Athletics 14-2 on Thursday night.

Chicago had 21 hits, including 10 extra-base hits, in the highest scoring game of the season. It has won seven of its last nine games.

“It feels good,” Moncada said through a translator. “It’s nice to see everyone contributing and contributing to the team.”

Romy González hit 4 for 5 with a homerun and three RBI’s. Elvis Andrus, released by the A’s in August, and Eloy Jiménez also homered.

“It was nice to see those bats,” said White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo. “Moncada, Gonzo, everyone had good at bats.”

Cease (14-6) struckout 206 this year to become the seventh White Sox pitcher with multiple seasons of 200 strikeouts. The righthander gave up three hits and two walks after coming in from a no-hitter in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.

“It’s definitely a big achievement, something I’m proud of,” Cease said of the milestone. “We know that every game, every inning, every pitch matters now. So to get out there and make a statement, both on the pitching and the offensive side, is important.”

Oakland has lost three in a row and seven of the last eight.

Andrus and Moncada started the game with back-to-back homeruns off JP Sears. Andrus singled out another run in the second, followed by Moncada’s second homer of the evening, a three-run shot.

Sears (5-2) gave up a career-high six runs on eight hits and a walk in two innings, leading A’s manager Mark Kotsay to believe he would have knocked over his pitches.

“We definitely saw something that could have led to the results,” Kotsay said. “It definitely makes it easier at this level when you know a change is coming or an off-speed is coming and you know a fastball is coming. But that’s a good team and they play very well.”

Jiménez skipped on a two-run homer in the fourth. Adam Engel singled in another run in the fifth, followed by an RBI double by Moncada two batters later.

The White Sox added four runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Andrew Vaughn and a three-run homer by González to make it 14-0.

The A’s eventually scored in the eighth inning on a sac-fly by Shea Langeliers. Sheldon Neuse followed with an RBI groundout.

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