The Stat Line of the Night – 8/24/10 – Gio Gonzalez
The Oakland Athletics have had some of the best pitching in all of baseball this year. Unfortunately their offense has been unable to come through when its needed most, or come through at all for that matter. Last night was a different story. With Gio Gonzalez on the mound dealing, the A’s bats finally came alive a bit, giving him 5 runs, more than enough to win 5-0 over the Cleveland Indians.
While Gonzalez was the star of the night, the offense coming alive with two home runs from Jack Cust and Jeff Larish snapped a 26 games streak without a multi-homer game for the A’s. Gonzalez, however, was dominant. He pitched 7 innings of scoreless ball. He only gave up 5 hits and one walk en route to the victory. He also had 7 strikeouts. He became the 22nd straight pitcher to go 6+ innings for the A’s, the longest such streak since the 1989 Angels did it. It took him 109 pitches to get through 7 innings, but his ratio of 10 groundouts to only 4 flyballs shows how much Gonzalez was in control of the game.
Unfortunately for the A’s, a playoff berth may be a prayer. While good pitching can take you far, you do need to score some runs to win. For now, Gio Gonzalez can take solace in his “Stat Line of the Night” award and hope that next year the A’s field a slightly more potent offense.