Originally written on Valley Bay News  |  Last updated 9/18/14
The Oakland A’s finished off their dominance of teams from the National league Central on Monday with a 1-0 win  in a pitcher’s duel over the Chicago Cubs. The A’s finished off the NL Central by going 6-2 against the Cincinnati Reds (2-0), St. Louis Cardinals (2-1) and the Cubs (2-1). The Cubs’ Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) went six strong innings and allowed three hits and zero runs. A’s pitcher Dan Straily was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make the start for Oakland on Sunday. Straily made a good case to stick around for a while as he logged his fifth win (5-2, 4.52) of the season and was masterful doing so with seven strong innings allowing one hit with six strikeouts. The A’s received all the scoring they would need in the bottom of the seventh.  It wasn’t pretty, but it secured the win for the A’s. The newly acquired Matt Guerrier took the ball in the top of the seventh for the Cubs after the solid start by Wood. Guerrier gave up a single to Chris Young after inducing a pop-up by Brandon Moss for the first out of the inning. Young was eventually caught stealing for out number two.  Seth Smith singled off Guerrier with two outs, moving Derek Norris to third after he walked.  Norris eventually scored on a passed ball by Cubs Catcher Wellington Castillo giving the A’s a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish. The A’s bullpen finished Straily’s strong day. Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour combined to pitch two innings of one-hit shutout ball.Tweet
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