BALTIMORE, Md. – Gio Gonzalez and the A’s might even have Mother Nature on their side.
Right after the Baltimore Orioles put runners on second and third base with no outs in the top of the seventh innings, a driving rainstorm followed by thunder and lightning hit Baltimore’s inner harbor. The delay began at 9:06 p.m. (EST) with the A’s leading 5-0.
Up until the seventh, Gonzalez had been dominant as he struck out five and allowed seven hits in six shutout innings.
A’s second baseman Mark Ellis also continued his impressive play by going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Ellis drove in two runs in the top of the fifth with a single to left field to give his team their five-run lead. Since July 19, Ellis, before Monday, had raised his batting average from .205 to .251.
Every Oakland batter in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
Gonzalez, a native of Hialeah, Fla., must have felt right at home in Baltimore’s warm climes. Before the delay, he had expended just 85 pitches with 57 strikes. If the game is resumed and the A’s hold or, if the game is called, he’ll have improved to 4-0 since early July.
Gonzalez has been a different pitcher since his first four appearances for the A’s from May to late June, when he allowed a combined 14 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings. In following six outings, Gonzalez has allowed 18 earned runs in 28 1/3 innings. Eleven of those runs came in a 14-13 A’s win over Minnesota on July 20.