Miley (7-10) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks across six innings to earn the win Monday against the Athletics. He struck out six.
Miley allowed a run as three consecutive men reached in the third inning, but he cruised through the next few frames and was only scored upon via a solo home run. He threw just 53 percent of his pitches for strikes, but eight groundball outs and some timely put-aways propelled him to a quality start. Miley has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five starts and will look to keep up his solid form next Monday against the Mariners.
The Pirates desperately need left-handed relief help, so this may be an effort to both limit Brault's innings and fill that major league roster hole at the same time. He threw a career high 155.2 innings in 2015 and just 108.2 in 2016. He's already at 128.1 innings between Triple-A and the majors this season, so a move to the bullpen would allow the Pirates to make him useful while keeping him from putting undue stress on his young arm. The plan is for Brault to throw one inning Tuesday, take a day off, throw on consecutive days Thursday and Friday, and likely come up to the majors shortly afterwards.
Smith (0-3) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks across 4.1 innings while earning the loss Monday against the Orioles. He struck out three.
Smith struggled with the long ball in this one, allowing three home runs over the fourth and fifth innings to account for five of the runs on his ledger. He routinely fell behind, throwing just 56 percent of his pitches for strikes, and was victimized in predictable counts. Smith, who has allowed 20 earned runs over his last 24.2 innings, will need a better showing in his start Sunday against the Rangers if he wishes to keep his place in the rotation.
A day after closing out a win over the Rangers, Minaya needed just 14 pitches to sit down the side in order. He had allowed three runs in his previous four innings of work, so this outing was a step in the right direction. Minaya, who has converted saves in each of his last three appearances, but those have all come in the last four days and could see him rested if a save situation arises Tuesday against the Twins.
Semien is dealing with irritation of the scar tissue in his surgically repaired wrist and will be out Tuesday as a result, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Semien isn't expected to miss more than the one game. He was out from April 15 through July 5 with the injury, so the A's will gladly take it safe to avoid a aggravating the injury. Semien is hitting a .280/.329/.400 in August over 18 games.
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