On Saturday Oakland A’s reliever Ryan Dull saw his streak of not allowing an inherited runner to score end at a record setting 36 runners.
Starter Kendall Graveman had pitched eight beautiful innings but found himself in a bit of trouble in the bottom of the ninth Saturday, when he allowed back to back singles to the Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez. He was relieved by Dull, obviously a pitcher used to entering the game to help other pitchers out of their jams.
Jose Altuve then grounded out to Tyler Ladendorf who tossed the ball to second baseman Jed Lowrie getting Gonzalez out but allowing Marisnick to score from third, thus ending Dull’s streak. Dull offered up one more run when Luis Valbuena singled in Altuve but he struck out Carlos Gomez to get his very first big league save, and preserved the very deserved win for Graveman.
Regarding his streak ending, Dull didn’t mind a bit,
“You knew it was going to eventually happen, and especially in that situation, I was going to do anything,” the rookie reliever said after the game. “A double play was going to help us more than that one run. I’d gladly sacrifice it to get the double play there.”
Dull has been a bright spot in a what hasn’t been the best first half for the A’s to say the least. The Athletics have been plagued by injuries, using the disabled list a league high 20 times and their offense has been very streaky to say the least.
After scoring upwards of ten runs twice during their 3-1 series win over the San Francisco Giants, the A’s offense simply stopped, again. It’s a pattern and it has not helped the team much.
However on Saturday they were victorious over the Houston Astros thanks to Kendall Graveman, Ryan Dull and A’s back-to-back all-star catcher Stephen Vogt.
The A’s did end up losing two last minute heart breakers on Friday and Sunday, but still split the four-game series with Houston.