Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 6:33 pm
By Evan Brunell
Royals rookie catcher Salvador Perez broke up a no-hitter attempt by Oakland's Guillermo Moscoso with a two-out single to right with two outs in the eight inning of Wednesday's game at McAfee Coliseum.
In just his 18th Major League start, Moscoso took a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings, walking just one. He didn't walk a batter until he had two outs in the sixth inning, meaning he retired his first 17 batters on Wednesday. That coupled with the 13 consecutive batters he retired to finish his start against the Mariners on Friday, meant he retired 30 consecutive batters, setting an Oakland record for most consecutive batters faced. The previous record was 29, shared by Catfish Hunter (1968) and Dallas Braden (2010). Both Hunter and Braden had a perfect game during their stretch.
It wasn't a question of Moscoso blowing hitters away ala Justin Verlander -- he's only struck out four, so the defense has been strong behind the right-hander. One of those strong defensive plays came on the first batter of the eighth inning when Jemile Weeks snagged a liner by Jeff Francouer for the first out of the inning.
Mosoco has never thrown more than eight innings in the majors, and did that just once, in a tough loss to the Blue Jays on Aug. 21. In that game, he allowed just three hits and a run in eight innings, striking out seven, but his offense didn't score for him. That wasn't a problem on Wednesday as the A's gave him a seven-run lead behind 11 hits.
After giving up the single to Salvado Perez, he got Mike Moustakas to fly out to left to end the inning.
Moscoso went 8 2/3 innings, giving up another hit to Alex Gordon in the ninth inning before leaving in favor of Fautino De Los Santos following an error by third baseman Scott Sizemore that put runners on second and third. De Los Santos got Eric Hosmer to pop out to Sizemore to end the game. Moscoso picked up the win, evening his season record at 8-8 and lowering his ERA to 3.34.
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Posted on: May 20, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 7:26 pm
By Evan Brunell
The Oakland A's made a blizzard of moves Friday, playing starters Tyson Ross and Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list as the most notable transactions.
Ross (pictured) suffered an oblique strain (surprise!) and could miss over a month, while McCarthy has a stress reaction in his shoulder that has bothered him for a few years and apparently has flared up. That's 40 percent of the rotation -- gone. And those were some pretty valuable members, too.
Ross had a 2.75 ERA in six starts and three relief appearances, with the rookie backing up his production with a 3.66 xFIP. McCarthy, meanwhile, had revitalized his career in Oakland out of the No. 5 spot in the rotation, throwing up an identical 3.39 ERA and xFIP although you wouldn't know it from his 1-4 record.
Josh Outman, Bobby Cramer and Guillermo Moscoso are potential replacements in the rotation, although Outman has been hit around in Triple-A as he returns from Tommy John surgery; Cramer has his own injury concerns to work through; Moscoso seems to be the one most likely to get the call -- or at least one of the two calls. There isn't a need for a No. 4 or 5 starter until Monday, so the A's will delay a decision until then.
Reliever Trystan Magnuson was also optioned after coughing up six runs over two innings Thursday. To replace the three open spots, Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins and Fautino de los Santos were recalled. De los Santos, acquired in the Nick Swisher trade way back in 2008, was converted to relief for the 2010 season and is making his major-league debut after coughing up just three runs in 15 1/3 innings split between Double- and Triple-A. The 25-year-old added 21 punchouts and eight walks. Blevins, meanwhile, was with the team just last week before being sent down to work on control problems, but events necessitated his return. Blevins gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A, so he's really nothing more than filler and can be expected to be sent back down shortly.
Devine will return to the majors for the first time since 2008, when he had a sterling 0.59 ERA in 45 2/3 innings. Injuries have robbed him of the years since, only returning to a mound this season for Triple-A and contributing 12 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out 17 and walking one. In other words, looking just like the Devine of old. It's been a long road back for the 27-year-old.
And here's what McCarthy had to say about his DL trip on Twitter:
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Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:53 pm
Texas made the move to ship out Moscoso as the righty had been designated for assignment to make room for newly-signed Adrian Beltre. Rather than lose the 27-year-old for nothing, Texas opted to send him to Oakland for Kelly.
Moscoso had a 5.18 ERA in 123 1/3 innings in Triple-A, but that drops to a career 3.46 mark in the farm. He pitched 14 innings for the Rangers in 2009 and just two-thirds in 2010 with a cumulative 4.30 ERA, whiffing 14 and walking eight. Moscoso will join the battle for the No. 5 starter's gig along with Tyson Ross, Bobby Cramer, Josh Outman, Brandon McCarthy and Rich Harden.
As for Kelly, the 22-year-old has spent four years in the Pirates' system, posting a 4.20 ERA in 75 relief innings for Class A in 2010, walking just 14 and punching out 75. He was shipped to Oakland in December and now lands in Texas.
"We have a lot of history with this kid going back to junior college," Josh Boyd, the Rangers' director of pro scouting, told MLB.com. "We like his arm. He touches 95, 96 in relief and shows flashes of a power breaking ball. We like the strikes and feel there is some upside there."
-- Evan Brunell