Game 77 wrapup: Straily’s time on the mound getting shorter, but pitching coach may have a fix

A’s starting pitcher Dan Straily had gotten, in the words of manager Bob Melvin “more rope’’ the better he pitched over the course of the last month or so.

That seems to have changed.

After letting a 6-3 lead slip away in Texas earlier in the week, Straily was pulled from the game after 4.2 innings.

    Then on Saturday he was ousted after just 3.1 innings. He’d only given up two runs, but six hits and three walks meant he’d allowed nine base runners while getting just 10 outs.

That’s not going to work.

Manager Bob Melvin came to the mound in the fourth to pull Straily and told him he through the pitcher “was out of bullets’’ for the night.

Straily said he didn’t think he was completely out of gas, but he says he respected the manager and pitching coach Curt Young looking out for their pitchers’ arms.

“I felt strong,’’ he said. “I didn’t feel I had thrown that many pitches. But they take care. They say they aren’t going to take any chance with injury.’’

After the second inning, when Straily gave up both of his runs and stranded runners on the corners, Young approached him. The pitching coach had picked up a mechanical flaw.

“It was a pretty simple fix,’’ Straily said. “Things felt better after that. The next inning things were back to normal.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.