After taking game one of the series thanks to a walk off home run delivered by Brandon Moss and Jarrod Parker’s first career complete game, the Oakland A’s send out Sonny Gray (1-1, 1.00 ERA) to face the Seattle Mariners.
Gray, who picked up his first MLB win in his outing last Thursday, dealt nine strikeouts over eight shutout innings. Before his second career start at the O.co Coliseum manager Bob Melvin said: “His stuff is as good in the eighth inning as it is in the second. His bite on his breaking ball and presence on the mound stays the same.”
The skipper added: “It was wise to get his feet wet,” referring to his first call-up as a reliever. “The organizations handled him well.”
Left-hander Joe Saunders (10-12, 4.87 ERA) meanwhile takes the hill for the Mariners. The veteran is 1-4 in his last five starts with a 7.77 ERA. He’s also only made it past the fifth inning in three of those outings.
Josh Donaldson, who is a career .179 (15-for-84) hitter against the Mariners, is swinging at a clip of .500 (7-for-14) off Saunders. Nate Freiman, who gets the nod against the lefty, is 3-for-7 (.429) in his brief career off the 32-year-old Saunders.
Melvin also noted that the rehabbing Brett Anderson will likely throw about 65 pitches in his next start for the Single-A Stockton Ports. Melvin suggested that the outing on Thursday night could be his final tuneup before returning to Oakland. He said that what he needed to see from Anderson is “health” and “crispness in his pitches.”
Of the sidelined Bartolo Colon, who was in uniform and on the field for batting practice, Melvin said he in unsure what to expect until he sees the 40-year-old right-hander back on the mound.
Coco Crisp, who is not in the lineup tonight for the A’s, took batting practice and appeared to be unbothered by his troublesome left wrist.