Sonny Gray returns to form as he tames the Miami Marlins’ hitters for an A’s victory 4-1

May 24, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray works against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- What a difference a day makes. On Tuesday night, the visiting Miami Marlins wrapped out 19 hits and 11 runs. However, on Wednesday afternoon, the A’s ace Sonny Gray pitched his best game of the season as he went seven innings and allowed just run and three hits. Gray mesmerized the Miami hitters as he struck out eleven and 68 of his 88 pitches thrown were strikes.  His performance has to put a smile on A’s manager Bob Melvin’s face as he looked like the Sonny Gray of 2015. He got the A’s back in the win column as they downed the Marlins 4-1.

The A’s jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two out, Second baseman Jed Lowrie doubled to right center. Lowrie, who was hobbled last year with a foot injury, is on his way to comeback player of the year. Lowrie hit his 13th double of the year and scored ahead of Khris Davis who crushed an Edinson Volquez pitched over the 362-foot marker in right-center field for his 13th home run of the year.

The A’s jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two out, Second baseman Jed Lowrie doubled to right center. Lowrie, who was hobbled last year with a foot injury, is on his way to comeback player of the year. Lowrie hit his 13th double of the year and scored ahead of Khris Davis who crushed an Edinson Volquez pitched over the 362-foot marker in right-center field for his 13th home run of the year.

The Marlins put a run on the board in the top of the fourth. Sonny Gray, who had retired the first nine Marlins hitters he faced, gave up a single to Dee Gordon. Gordon went to third on a single by Giancarlo Stanton. With two strikes on Marcel Ozuna, Gray uncorked a wild pitch that Ozuna swung at. Ozuna was out, but the ball went off to catcher Josh Phegley’s left. Gray hustled home to cover the plate, but Phegley’s throw went awry. Gordon scored, and Stanton went to third on the error. Gray settled down and struck out the next two hitters.

The A’s added a run in the bottom of the fifth. With two out, Volquez walked Matt Joyce. The next hitter, Jed Lowrie continued his hot hitting as he wrapped a double down the right field line to drive in Joyce with the A’s third run of the game. Lowrie has two doubles and a single in three trips to the plate. The A’s lead 3-1 after five complete.

The A’s increased the lead to 4-1 in the seventh. With men on at first and second, Jed Lowrie singled to drive in Adam Rosales with the run. It was Lowrie’s fourth hit of the game and raised his season average to .300. It was the seventh 4-hit game of Lowrie’s career. The last 4-hit game was on April 19th, 2015 against the Yankees in New York.

Game Notes- Khris Davis hit his 14th homer of the year. Davis has homered four times in his last nine games after going homerless in each of his previous 12 games. Jed Lowrie extended his hitting streak to 6 games. It was his 16th multi-hit game of the year.

Oakland has homered in 16 of the last 17 games. They are 20-17 when homering. When they don’t homer, they are 1-8. Ryon Healy doubled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Sonny Gray improved to 2-1 and had a season-high 11 strikeouts. Gray went seven innings which is his longest outing this season.

The A’s made three more errors in Wednesday’s game against the Marlins. They lead the Majors with 46 and were very fortunate that the errors didn’t ruin Sonny’s game.

The A’s have an off-day on Thursday, and they open a three-game series with the AL East leader, the New York Yankees. After New York, the A’s go to Cleveland for four with the defending American League champs.

Time of game was 2 hours and thirty-eight minutes and 19,738 fans enjoyed the A’s victory.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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