Clayton Kershaw surrendered only an unearned run across eight innings, striking out 10, in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Rockies.
Kershaw scattered six hits and walked two. The left-hander has now worked seven innings or more in 14 straight starts. He's given up more than three earned runs just once all season, remarkable consistency that is summed up in a gorgeous 1.73 ERA. Kershaw (16-3) welcomes the Nationals to Southern California next time around.
Wade Miley allowed three runs while striking out six over six innings of Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers.
Miley walked four and gave up seven hits. His bend-but-don't break brand of pitching works against some, but it most certainly doesn't work against Clayton Kershaw. Miley has posted a 4.30 ERA, but his 1.34 WHIP and solid 163/62 K/BB ratio in 176 innings reveals a pitcher who's been a little more effective. Miley travels to San Diego on Tuesday.
Sam Fuld went 3-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth as the A's beat the Astros 5-4 on Wednesday.
Eric Sogard singled in Craig Gentry to tie the game at 3 in the ninth, and Fuld hit his third homer of the year to give the A's the lead before the Astros rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth. Fuld also doubled in the contest. He had been hitting just .231/.286/.292 with no homers and three RBI in 65 at-bats since being reacquired by the A's on July 31.
Drew Pomeranz allowed just an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings and struck out seven against the Astros on Wednesday.
It wasn't enough to get Pomeranz a win, but it was a performance that could earn him more starts in September, depending on how things go with Jason Hammel. He'll probably be optioned back to Triple-A now, but he'll be worth playing in mixed leagues if he's needed again.
Despite giving up a homer to Chris Carter, Eric O'Flaherty finally recorded his first career save Wednesday against the Astros.
Fortunately, O'Flaherty was able to erase Robbie Grossman on a double-play ball before the homer, since a two-run shot would have tied the game at 5. After that, O'Flaherty got Dexter Fowler to line out to end it. The outing certainly wasn't quite what the A's were hoping for when they made the surprising decision to have O'Flaherty replace the injured Sean Doolittle. However, since he got the job done, he'll likely continue to close.
Brad Peacock pitched around five walks to hold the A's to one run in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday.
Peacock also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch, but the A's couldn't get to him. In fact, their lone run off him came only after he left the game in the sixth, with Jonny Gomes delivering a sac fly. Peacock struck out six before departing. The no-decision was his fourth in a row, but since he had three consecutive losses prior to the current streak, this is better.
Chad Qualls gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to take his fifth blown save and fourth loss Wednesday against the A's.
Mere hours after the Astros declined to trade him to the Tigers. Qualls has had a nice year, but he's a 36-year-old with a career 3.74 ERA; if the Astros could have gotten value for him, they should have done so.
Hector Noesi surrendered two runs in seven innings Wednesday in defeating the Indians.
We wouldn't necessarily say that Noesi outpitched Corey Kluber -- that was an awfully depleted Cleveland lineup he was facing -- but he did come away with the win after allowing six hits, walking one and striking out five. It was his first career win in four starts against the Indians, and he improved to 8-9 with a 4.75 ERA for the season.