A’s Try To Remain Unbeaten Against Pirates With Straily On The Hill: Game Preview

Jul 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily (67) pitches the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After Monday night’s win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Oakland Athletics have the best interleague record (12-4) in all of baseball, and Dan Straily will go for his second straight win following his call up from Triple A Sacramento.

In his last start, he pitched a seven inning, one-hit gem against the Chicago Cubs on Independence Day. Straily has proved himself capable of performing on the big stage, but the next step for the right-hander is to do it consistently enough to seize the fifth spot in the starting rotation as Brett Anderson continues to rehab a lingering foot injury.

Opposing him on the mound will be 22-year-old rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole. Since making his Major League debut on June 11 against the Giants, Cole has accumulated a 4-1 record, losing his most recent outing on July 4 against the Phillies. He hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his starts.

Yesterday’s series opener was the competitive contest many expected, and the A’s prevailed thanks to two club specialties: defense and walks. Derek Norris drew a walk with the bases loaded in the seventh to give the A’s a 2-0 lead, and Coco Crisp made sure they kept it as he made a diving catch on a line drive by Andrew McCutchen to end a rally by the Pirates in the bottom half of the inning.

Josh Donaldson drove in Oakland’s first run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, giving him his 58th RBI of the year. That’s the eighth-best total in the American League, and he’s second among AL third basemen, with the best total belonging to the otherworldly Miguel Cabrera, who has 90.

The A’s have never lost to the Pirates, and they’ll try to improve their record against the NL Central club to 11-0 when they take the field at 4:05 PST tonight.

 

LINEUPS

Oakland Athletics

1. C. Crisp CF

2. J. Reddick RF

3. J. Donaldson 3B

4. J. Lowrie SS

5. Y. Cespedes LF

6. J. Jaso C

7. B. Moss 1B

8. E. Sogard 2B

9. D. Straily P

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. S. Marte LF

2. J. Tabata RF

3. A. McCutchen CF

4. P. Alvarez 3B

5. R. Martin C

6. G. Jones 1B

7. J. Mercer 2B

8. C. Barmes SS

9. G. Cole P

 

 

Topics: Game Preview, MLB, Oakland Athletics

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