The A's lost a close one Saturday night after pulling within one on White Sox third baseman Ryan Goins’ two-run error in the top of the ninth inning but leaving the bases loaded on Khris Davis’ game-ending strikeout.
The 3-2 loss was the A's first against the South Siders all season, leaving the series in Chicago tied at one game apiece entering Sunday’s rubber match.
Lucas Giolito will have starting pitching honors for the White Sox as he seeks his second consecutive victory for the first time in a while. His last outing ended in a quality start against the Detroit Tigers, which also snapped a winless stretch across five starts.
July hasn't been friendly to Giolito. In five games, he's given up 28 hits and five long balls, and batters have a .255 average off him.
On the other side, Chris Bassitt will start on the bump against the team that drafted him in the 16th round eight years ago. He pitched in six games for the White Sox before being traded to the A's in December 2014 as part of the Jeff Samardzija deal.
Bassitt has been rather consistent this season, with certain outings that have you thinking the A's certainly won the trade (they also acquired Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley). In 2019, Bassitt boasts a 3.80 ERA with 101 strikeouts across 106.2 innings.
The A's will have a Davis-less lineup, with Chicago native Nick Martini receiving designated hitting honors. He’ll be in the second spot.
Another fun note from A's communications: Mark Canha has hit safely in each of his last 11 games against the White Sox, going 18-for-39.
Here are how the lineups look as the A's finish up the road trip. You can follow the action, starting at 11:05 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports California or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.
Oakland A's (66-51)
Marcus Semien, SS
Nick Martini, DH
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Mark Canha, CF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Chad Pinder, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Chris Herrmann, C
Chris Bassitt, P (7-5, 3.80 ERA)
Chicago White Sox (52-63)
Leury Garcia, CF
Jon Jay, RF
Jose Abreu, DH
James McCann, C
Tim Anderson, SS
Matt Skole, 1B
Eloy Jimenez, LF
Ryan Goins, 3B
Yolmer Sanchez, 2B
Lucas Giolito, P (12-5, 3.44 ERA)