American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 16th
(All times eastern)
Houston Astros (4-9) at Oakland Athletics (10-4), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Brad Peacock (1-1, 4.82)
Oakland - A.J. Griffin (2-0, 1.93)
(Sports Network) - A.J. Griffin eyes a third straight win on Tuesday when the
Oakland Athletics continue their three-game series with the Houston Astros at
Griffin has been terrific in the early going, as he has allowed just three
runs in 14 innings this season. He earned the win against the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday, yielding just a run and five hits in eight
innings of work.
The right-hander improved to 9-1 in 17 career starts and is tied with Tim
Hudson for the best record in Oakland history through 17 starts.
"He looks the same almost every time out there," Oakland manager Bob Melvin
said. "He keeps the ball down, throws strikes, has good subtle movement.
Mechanically, he's real sound. It's pretty consistent with what we've seen
from him since he came to the big leagues last year."
Oakland's bats exploded in the opener of this set on Monday, as Nate Freiman
smacked a three-run homer as part of a six-run first inning in an 11-2 rout.
The A's had lost back-to-back games coming in on the heels of a nine-game
Tommy Milone (3-0) fanned six and surrendered two runs on eight hits over 6
2/3 frames, while Jed Lowrie tallied two hits, four RBI and a run scored for
"He's not going to beat himself. He's going to make his defenders work. He
works quick ... He's been the model of consistency," A's manager Bob Melvin
Erik Bedard (0-1) lasted just one-third of an inning in the start for Houston,
which has dropped three straight contests. He allowed all six of the first-
inning runs on four walks and two hits.
Hoping for better results on Tuesday, Houston will rely on 25-year-old righty
Brad Peacock, who is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA. Peacock picked up the win on
Wednesday in Seattle, as he surrendered three runs and four hits in five
He had lost his season debut to Oakland.
These teams met up in Houston from April 5-7, as Oakland earned a three-game
sweep after outscoring the Astros, 23-9, behind seven homers.
04/16 10:54:06 ET