Rain delay couldn’t come soon enough for A’s

We’re in our second rain delay in as many days in Arlington. The A’s will welcome this one. They’re down 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth, after Gio Gonzalez was tagged for seven earned runs in a nightmarish third inning. He walked four in the inning, including one with the bases loaded, and served up Mitch Moreland’s first career grand slam.

His final line: 2 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 7 earned runs, 5 walks, 1 strikeout. Gonzalez’s troubles finding the strike zone aren’t new — he entered the day averaging 4.12 walks per nine innings, sixth most in the AL. But no one saw this meltdown coming.

The rain is pouring down — way harder than in last night’s delay. The A’s have to be hoping this one just gets canceled. The umpires have the final say, and if the game doesn’t continue today, it will be replayed entirely at a later date. Both teams are off tomorrow, but because the A’s come back to Texas two more times, it’s very unlikely both teams would burn the day off and play tomorrow.

If the game resumes today, it’s shaping up as one extremely flat ending to the A’s six-game road trip.

Here’s a story about Dallas Braden’s upcoming shoulder surgery.

Could the the A’s news be any cheerier today???

Joe Stiglich