Luis Perdomo allowed three runs on four hits over five-plus innings in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.
Perdomo had not seen the mound since he was forced out of his regular-season debut due to shoulder inflammation. In his return on Sunday, the 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three. He kept the Marlins off the scoreboard completely through the first five innings, but was unable to record an out in the sixth in what eventually developed into a six-run frame for Miami. Perdomo will try to truly get into the swing of things in a road start against the Giants next time he takes to the mound. In 35 appearances (20 starts) last season, he pitched to a 5.71 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 105/46 K/BB ratio over 146 2/3 innings.
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, five RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the A's.
Monster showing from Cruz in this one. He started off his RBI binge in modest enough fashion, driving home a run via a bases-loaded walk in the third inning. He opted to forego the modesty a few innings later, slugging a three-run home run in the seventh to boost the Mariners to a 9-1 advantage. Just for good measure, he tacked on an RBI double in the ninth. The veteran slugger has yet to go on a power tear, but that could be coming soon. Cruz has picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games, with all three of his home runs coming in that space. He has crushed at least 40 in each of the last three seasons.
Taylor Motter went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and a double in Sunday's 11-1 win over the A's.
Motter unloaded for the grand slam against the previously-untouchable Andrew Triggs in the third inning. That gave the Mariners a 6-1 lead, one which the A's were unable to ever challenge to any serious degree. The 27-year-old shortstop owns a .255/.321/.667 triple-slash to pair with five home runs and 12 RBI across 51 at-bats. His start has been one of the more surprising in the bigs to date.
Ryon Healy went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.
Healy has been killing the ball of late, as Sunday's two-hit game was his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games. He is not just getting by on singles, either, having picked up four extra base hits in this four-game weekend set against the Mariners. Since April 15, the 25-year-old has raised his average from .170 to .279.
Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.
Alonso doubled off Evan Scribner in the ninth inning, but the A's were unable to bring him around to score. And even if they had, they were trailing 11-1 at the time he hit that two-bagger. The 30-year-old first baseman is off to a nice start this season, hitting .292/.370/.563 with three homers and 10 RBI through his first 48 at-bats.
Yovani Gallardo surrendered one run on four hits over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's win over the A's.
Gallardo struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. The only run to score against him came when Matt Joyce lofted a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The veteran right-hander will bring a 4.84 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 16/7 K/BB ratio (four starts) into a road date with the defending AL champion Indians next time out.
Andrew Triggs struggled mightily in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, yielding six runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Triggs entered action on Sunday working on a 17 2/3 innings streak of not allowing an earned run. That came to an end in the first inning against the Mariners, courtesy of a Robinson Cano single. Considerably more damage would befell Triggs in the third, when the M's put up a five-spot. Four of the five runs in that frame scored on a grand slam off the bat of Taylor Motter. Even with this rough showing, the 28-year-old right-hander still holds a 2.42 ERA and 0.99 WHIP through his first four starts. Sunday's performance was his first allowing more than two runs. He will try for the rebound in a road start against the Astros next time he toes the rubber.
Joc Pederson (groin) will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Pederson was lifted from Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after injuring his groin while lunging for first base in an attempt to beat out a grounder in the sixth inning. It doesn't sound as though the injury is too serious, but he'll get checked out on Monday before the club makes a determination on his availability.