Instant Replay: Graveman shines, pitches A's to win over Rangers

Instant Replay: Graveman shines, pitches A's to win over Rangers


ARLINGTON, Texas – Kendall Graveman flirted with a no-hitter Saturday, and given the way in which he dissected the Texas Rangers’ lineup, figure it won’t be the last time.

With the wind whipping wildly for most of the night at Globe Life Park, the A’s right-hander kept the Rangers grounded, literally. He recorded 12 ground-ball outs and glided through seven innings in Oakland’s **-*** victory that evened this three-game series at one apiece.

The Rangers had a zero in the hit column and Graveman was at just 73 pitches as he took the mound for the seventh. He struck out Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara before cleanup man Mike Napoli jumped on a first-pitch fastball and homered over the wall in left-center. Rougned Odor singled and Jonathan Lucroy lined out sharply to short to end the inning, and manager Bob Melvin went to his bullpen to stash away the A’s first road victory of 2017.

Graveman allowed two hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 85 pitches, winning for the second time in as many starts this season.

Rangers starter Yu Darvish (0-1) was game for a pitchers’ duel much of the night. He held the A’s off the board until the sixth, but Oakland scored a run that inning and another in the seventh, then robbed the night of its suspense with three more in the eighth for a 5-1 lead.

Starting pitching report

Graveman combined mid-90’s velocity with good movement and location, and that makes the righty a tough pitcher to beat. He faced just one batter over the minimum through the first six innings, with his only base runners up to that point coming on Odor’s walk and a throwing error from Graveman on Lucroy’s comebacker right after that. But Graveman promptly made amends by starting a 1-6-3 comebacker double play off the bat of Joey Gallo.

Bullpen report

Santiago Casilla handled the eighth and Ryan Madson, who hadn’t pitched since Tuesday, finished it off in the ninth.

At the plate

As Graveman was silencing the Rangers, the A’s weren’t solving Darvish with ease either. It was a scoreless game until the sixth. Matt Joyce opened the inning with a walk and moved around to third on Ryon Healy’s double down the left-field line. After a Khris Davis grounder to first, Stephen Vogt managed to get Joyce home with a dribbler to second. The A’s got some help in making it 2-0 in the seventh when Yonder Alonso singled and moved around to third on Napoli’s throwing error that sailed into left field. Rajai Davis’ sacrifice fly brought Alonso home.

Leading 2-1 in the eighth, they added three more runs with help from the Rangers’ outfielders. Carlos Gomez never seemed to have a good read on Khris Davis’ drive to the center field wall that went for a double. Then Jed Lowrie was credited for a double on a fly ball that Mazara misjudged in odd fashion in right, allowing Davis to score. Alonso then added some cushion with a two-run homer to straightaway center off Dario Alvarez — just his seventh career homer against a lefty — putting the A’s up 5-1.

In the field

Rajai Davis, who was 2-for-21 entering the game, had a nice night with two doubles and a sacrifice fly. He added an outstanding catch in the eighth, leaping to snare Ryan Rua’s deep drive to center.


A crowd of 44,410 was on hand.

Up next

This series wraps up with a 12:05 p.m. game Sunday, as Sean Manaea (0-0, 6.00) matches up against lefty Martin Perez (0-1, 4.50).

Report: A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


Report: A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they reportedly reached an agreement with a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year, Major League deal with Trevor Cahill pending the results of a physical, according to's Jane Lee. 

Cahill, a 2006 A's second-round draft pick, pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. 

A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season


A's Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss 2018 season

The A's will be without starting pitcher Jharel Cotton for the entire 2018 season as he is set to undergo Tommy John surgery. 

Cotton, 26, went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 2017 after a rookie season in which he went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. Leading up to the injury, he was 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA over four appearances in spring training.

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