Oakland Athletics’ (50-36) starting pitcher, Dan Straily (5-2, 4.52 ERA), was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento today and he was back with a vengeance. Straily gave up one hit, three walks, six strikeouts and no runs over seven innings for the win in today’s start against the National League’s Chicago Cubs (36-47).
Straily impressed A’s manager, Bob Melvin, who made the difficult decision of pulling him out of the game with only 87 pitches in the eighth inning.
“He was very impressive. You can see him after a couple innings really get on a roll with all his pitches and you could see his confidence elevate,” said Melvin, “It’s really tough taking a guy out of the game when he goes seven innings with one hit but he had done his job when we have two guys rested in the bullpen. You couldn’t have asked him more than that.”
After a pitching duel against the Cubs’ Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69 ERA) for six complete innings, the A’s were the first to get on the board in the seventh against reliever M