Oakland, already without two starting pitchers for the rest of the season, got a scare on Friday night when a line drive by Endy Chavez in the fourth inning struck right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the lower right leg.
McCarthy crumpled to the ground in pain, tried to get up and could not, and he grimaced as a trainer examined his leg. He left the game under his own power, however, and the A's later announced that McCarthy had sustained a right-knee contusion.
Going into the game, McCarthy was pitching as well as anyone on Oakland's staff, winning all four of his decisions since the break. However, he did not pitch well against his former team, the Rangers.
Before exiting, McCarthy allowed a career-high tying seven runs, five earned. He gave up eight hits and he did not walk or strike out a batter.
There was a little more spotlight on the game than usual, because McCarthy's former teammate, C.J. Wilson, had said earlier in the week that the mound in Oakland "(stinks) and the fans (stink)." Though Wilson went on the praise the fans who do attend the games, he did also say he would not sign with Oakland as a free agent and that the A's players hate him.
McCarthy told the San Francisco Chronicle that the best thing to do would be for the A's to stick up for themselves and the fans Friday night, but as it turned out, the Oakland mound seemed to be just fine as far as Wilson was concerned -- he allowed four hits, three walks and one run and got the win. He struck out seven.
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