Jason Hammel went 5.2 innings en route to his first victory in an Oakland A’s uniform. Though he did not qualify for a quality start he certainly put together a great outing this evening.
By the time he left the mound partway through the top of the fifth Jason Hammel has allowed seven hits, but more importantly no runs. He did struggle at times, indicative of his four walks, but was able to get out of anything he got himself into. Eric O’Flaherty ended up finishing off the sixth inning.
Afterwards Ryan Cook, Luke Gregerson, and Sean Doolittle each pitched an inning with Doolittle picking up his 17th save of the season. The shutout was definitely a team effort tonight. Combined the four relievers didn’t allow a hit for the rest of the game and also added three strikeouts.
Offensively things were pretty dull until the Oakland A’s got things going in the fifth inning. Coco Crisp, who started his first game since July 26th, got things going in the bottom of the inning with a sing that brought home Alberto Callaspo. Crisp did have a plate appearance last night in a pinch-hitting effort, but tonight he got the start at DH and was the lead-off hitter.
The following inning the Oakland A’s would tag starting pitcher Drew Smyly –who was making his debut with Tampa Bay after being traded in part for David Price — for a second run before chasing him from the game on a Nate Freiman RBI double. Josh Reddick then welcomed new reliever Jeff Beliveau to the game by hitting a single and scoring Oakland’s third run of the game as Freiman scored from second base.
That would be all the Oakland A’s needed as the pitching was lights out this evening. They went on to win 3-0 and will now look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Righty Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.59 ERA) is set to go up against fellow righty Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 3.29 ERA).