Straily's Run Of Dominance Continues
Dan Straily lowered his Pacific Coast League ERA to 0.96 with six more dominating innings for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Monday. Straily breezed through six frames against the Tucson Padres, striking out nine and walking only one while allowing three hits and no runs. The River Cats defeated the T-Pads by a score of 6-0.
With the start, Straily now has 171 strike-out this season, most in affiliated professional baseball by a wide margin. In seven starts with the River Cats, Straily has allowed only five runs in 47 innings. He has 63 strike-outs and has allowed only 20 hits and 14 walks. For the season, Straily has a 2.52 ERA and opponents are batting .192 against him in 132.1 innings pitched.
Straily has struck-out at least seven batters in each of his seven starts with the River Cats. Even if he were to strike-out "only" seven in each of his next few starts, Straily should surpass the 200 strike-out threshold in early August.
Despite allowing only two runs over his last two starts, Straily didn't earn a win in either of those outings thanks to quiet River Cats' bats. History didn't repeat itself on Monday, as Sacramento tallied 13 hits and six runs. Jermaine Mitchell had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs from the top spot in the order. Mitchell has an 828 OPS in July and an 891 OPS since the All-Star break.
Michael Taylor reached four times via a basehit and three walks, while Anthony Recker had three hits and Josh Donaldson and Grant Green each had two hits. Green split his time in the game between shortstop and left field. The starting left-fielder, Shane Peterson, left the game with a lower leg injury. He missed a month with Double-A Midland earlier this season with a high ankle sprain. He has 12 hits in 37 at-bats and nine walks in 13 games with the River Cats (.457 OBP).
The River Cats (61-42) currently hold a two-game lead in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern Division.
Stassi Takes Home Honor
It was an off-day for the High-A Stockton Ports, but catcher Max Stassi received some good news. Stassi was named the California League's Player of the Week for the week of July 16. Stassi hit four homeruns last week.
The Yuba City, Calif., native missed nearly all of last season with a right shoulder injury that resulted in surgery. He has been healthy this year and he has a .259/.317/.448 line in 69 games. The 21-year-old is two homers shy of matching his career-high, which he set in 2010 with Low-A Kane County.
Stassi is the sixth member of the Ports to be recognized as either a pitcher or player of the week this season.
Other News And Notes
- The Rockhounds lost the game late, but starter Sonny Gray had a memorable outing on Monday. Gray carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in what was one of his best starts of the season. The A's 2011 top pick ended up allowing three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings pitched. He struck-out five and didn't walk a batter. Gray has allowed only five runs over his last 24 innings after giving up 10 runs in his previous 12 innings. For the year, Gray's ERA sits at 4.35 and he has a 67:46 K:BB ratio in 103.1 innings pitched.
- In that same game, Midland third baseman Miles Head hit a three-run homer. It was his third homer since being promoted to Double-A. Head now has 21 homers on the season. He has a .266/.333/.431 line in 109 at-bats with the Rockhounds.
- Midland reliever Trey Barham will miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury. The left-hander will undergo Tommy John surgery. Barham had a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings with Midland last season.
- The A's released 2011 20th-round pick Kurt Wunderlich on Sunday. He had a 7.64 ERA in 17.2 innings for short-season Vermont this season. Wunderlich had a strong last outing with the Lake Monsters, striking out seven in 4.2 relief innings.
- Stockton third baseman Tony Thompson was activated from the seven-day disabled list. He had been on the DL for nearly two weeks.