After a stellar 2010 season for the Oakland Athletics, Trevor
Cahill’s strong start in 2011 should be no surprise.
The same can’t be said of the early success Cleveland’s Josh
Tomlin has enjoyed in his first full major league season.
Both Cahill and Tomlin look to improve to 5-0 when the Indians
try to match a season high with their eighth consecutive victory
Wednesday night in Oakland.
Cahill (4-0, 1.88 ERA) has not missed a step after going 18-8
with a 2.97 ERA in 2010, his second major league season. The
right-hander has allowed more than one run once in six starts. He
overcame four walks and seven hits to pitch seven scoreless innings
Friday in a 3-1 win over Texas.
“He throws the ball well,” Rangers outfielder David Murphy told
the Athletics’ official website.
Cahill is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA against the Indians, but is facing
them for the first time in Oakland. He allowed one run in seven
innings of a 6-1 victory at Cleveland on Aug. 25.
Tomlin (4-0, 2.45), who went 6-4 with a 4.56 ERA in 12 starts
last year, has never faced the A’s.
The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in four of five
starts. He gave up a pair of homers in six innings of a 7-2 win
over Kansas City last Wednesday.
“That’s my job,” Tomlin told the Indians’ official website. “I’m
supposed to go out there and give six, seven innings every
Tomlin has played a significant role in the stellar start the
Indians (20-8) are enjoying. Major league-best Cleveland followed a
6-0 homestand by scoring three times in the ninth inning Tuesday to
beat Oakland 4-1.
“They’re playing well and their record reflects that,” said A’s
reliever Brian Fuentes, who took the loss. “They’re just clicking
on all cylinders.”
Orlando Cabrera hit a tiebreaking single and Asdrubal Cabrera
added two RBIs in the ninth as Cleveland snapped a three-game road
skid overall and improved to 9-23 at Oakland since last winning a
series there July 29-31, 2002.
“We wanted to play good at home and we did, because the West
Coast is always tough,” said Indians manager Manny Acta, whose team
is 7-6 away from home.
After a three-hit effort in the series opener, Asdrubal Cabrera
is batting .345 with five RBIs in his last seven games. He is 2 for
6 with a double against Cahill.
Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 4 with a walk, one day after he was
arrested on suspicion of drunken driving when a breathalyzer test
showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .201 – more than double
Ohio’s legal limit of .08.
“I am hopeful that this incident will not be a distraction to
the Indians organization while we remain focused on continuing to
play winning baseball,” Choo said in a statement.
Choo is hitting .241 this season, but is 4 for 5 lifetime versus
Hideki Matsui had two of the five hits Tuesday for the A’s
(15-15), who lost for the second time in six games. Matsui, who hit
a walkoff homer in Monday’s 5-4, 10-inning win over Texas, is 10
for 23 in his last seven games versus Cleveland.