Look for Brandon Moss to be back in the A’s starting lineup Saturday.
Moss left Thursday’s game to be with his wife, Allison, as she went into labor. And he was going to stay with her if the baby was on time.
If not, the plan apparently was for him to rejoin the team.
The A’s brought up outfielder/first baseman Shane Peterson from Triple-A Sacramento to have backup in Houston just in case, but he was told he wasn’t being put on the active roster right away, and he wasn’t.
After Saturday’s 8-3 win over the Astros, Peterson was told he was heading back to Sacramento and that Moss was very likely due to fly from the Bay Area to Houston.
Peterson hit up a storm this spring after saying it was his goal to make such an impression that he’d be the first player the A’s would turn to in a time of need. And while Oakland only used him as an outfielder, first base is his natural position, and he’s been taking ground balls there in case versatility is needed.
“They took me out of the game opening night (in Sacramento against Las Vegas) and I was wondering what it could be,’’ Peterson said. It could have been a trade, but it wasn’t. “They told me what was going on, and here I am.’’
Peterson’s parents, Brad and Sue, had been in Sacramento for the opener, but they were able to scramble to get a flight to Houston to be on hand just in case Peterson gets activated and makes his big league debut.
Dan Straily’s 11-strikeout, zero-walk effort against the Astros was the first time any A’s pitcher had 11 or more strikeouts without walking anyone since Gio Gonzalez did it to the White Sox back on Aug. 1, 20120
That comes to you from A’s PR whiz Adam Loberstein, as does this one: The 11 strikeouts were the most by an A’s pitcher since Gonzalez struck out 11 Mariners on Sept. 28, 2011.
And one more from the Loberstein files: The seven runs Oakland scored in the fifth inning Friday was the most in any inning by an A’s team since the club pushed nine runs across in the seventh inning of a 20-2 win over the Red Sox last Aug. 31.