The Stat Line of the Night – 8/2/10- Trevor Cahill
Despite being a long shot to make the playoffs, the Oakland Athletics have had some amazing things happen to them this season. Last night was another such thing. Trevor Cahill is having a phenomenal year for a young pitcher, posting a 2.72 ERA and an 11-4 record. Last night, however, he did something he hasn’t done since high school: pitched a complete game. Not only that, but it was the A’s 3rd straight complete game from their starting pitchers.
With a little help from Rajai Davis, Cahill was able to overcome the Kansas City Royals 6-0 after 9 innings of stellar work. Although he only recorded three strikeouts, he managed to give up only 4 walks and 3 hits. He used his sinker ball all night to get out of trouble, recording 15 of his outs on groundballs. Only one batter got as far as second base and no one got further against him. After 109 pitches Cahill was the last man standing. The grounders were key to his success, inducing 4 double plays from the Royals hitters.
While the A’s are an outside shot to make the playoffs in the AL West, they are only 8 games behind the Rangers with two months to play. Crazier things have happened and if their starting pitching stays hot, they have as good a chance as anyone. For now the A’s can be proud that their young hurler Trevor Cahill gets the “Stat Line of the Night”.