Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 7/4/13
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 Matt Guerrier to score catcher, Derek Norris, on a past ball. The A’s had chances to score with runners in scoring position but were unable to capitalize on those opportunities with designated hitter, Seth Smith, striking out in the second inning and left fielder, Yoenis Cespedes, grounding out in the sixth inning. Cespedes is now nine for 59 over the last 15 games and has been continuously shut down by dominant pitching dropping his batting average to .221. Cespedes however made up for his lack of power at the plate with his arm as he gunned down Starlin Castro at home on a throw made from left field to Norris in the fourth inning, saving what could have been the first run of the game. Reliever and set-up man, Ryan Cook, had a shut down inning in the eighth for the A’s, retiring all three of the Cubs hitters in a row and made way for closer, Grant Balfour, to close the door on this Cubs series. The Cubs didn’t go down quietly in the ninth as they had a two-out single from Castro and an error on throw from A’s short stop, Jed Lowrie, caused Nate Schierholtz to be safe at first. What could have been a rally by the Cubs luckily turned into Balfour’s 39th consecutive save as he was able to retire left fielder, Alfonso Soriano with a fly out to right field. The A’s 1-0 victory over the Cubs boosted their first place lead to one game over the Texas Rangers in the American League West. With a road trip on the horizon, Melvin said he team has to continue to play good ball. “I’d like to continue to play better baseball. We have a lot of confidence here at home but we’ve also shown we can play on the road,” said Melvin, “We have some pretty impressive roads here too and we aren’t afraid to play on the road.” The A’s will be on the road in Kansas City to face the Royals in three game series beginning tomorrow evening and are sending Tommy Milone (7-7, 4.17 ERA) to the mound to face the Royals’ Wade Davis (4-6, 5.55 ERA).   The post Straily Deals in a 1-0 Victory Over Cubs appeared first on BaySportsNet.com.
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