Straily beats Pittsburgh, gets demoted to minors
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Marshall pitcher Dan Straily is having a hard time impressing the Oakland Athletics.
Despite running his record to 6-2 with a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Straily was sent back down to Triple-A Sacramento for a second time this season.
The Athletics demoted Straily and called up Sonny Gray, another right-handed pitcher. Gray, the Athletics' first-round draft pick in 2011, will work out of the bullpen.
Because of an off day Thursday and next week's All-Star break, the Athletics won't need a fifth starter until July 23 at Houston. They want Straily to stay in the rotation at Sacramento.
"I knew it before the game," Straily said. "I could have thrown a perfect game and I was going to get optioned out. It's nothing personal. It's the situation we're in. It is what it is."
Straily allowed only one run and two hits in six and one-third innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He struck out seven and walked three. In his last three interleague starts, Straily has allowed only two runs and seven hits in 19 and one-third innings pitched, for an earned-run average of 0.93.
For the season, Straily is 6-2 with an ERA of 4.28. He's started 14 games, and pitched a total of 80 innings. He has struck out 66 batters and walked 26.
Despite his success, Straily remains Oakland's fifth starter, behind Bartolo Colon, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin.
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