Editor's note: The above video is from March 21, 2016.
With his teammates keeping the scoreboard operator busy Friday night, Kendall Graveman made things short and sweet when it was his time to go to work.
The right-hander buzzed through the Chicago White Sox for a two-hitter that gave him his first major league shutout. That made it a triumphant night for Oakland in a 9-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field that snapped the A’s five-game losing streak.
Graveman (9-8) made it look awfully easy, finishing things off in a game that took just 2 hours, 23 minutes to complete.
The A’s got homers from Stephen Vogt, Khris Davis and Yonder Alonso and led 7-0 by the fifth inning. Incredibly, it marked the A’s first victory by more than three runs since June 29, when they beat the Giants 7-1. The offensive breakout was also much welcome for a team that was averaging just 2.8 runs per game doe the past 13 games.
Graveman struck out five, didn’t issue a walk and faced just one batter over the minimum, finishing things off in 98 pitches.
Starting pitching report
Graveman was incredibly efficient, working fast and delivering shutdown inning after shutdown inning as his teammates were busy doing damage against Sox starter James Shields (5-15).
Former A’s pitching prospect Michael Ynoa threw the top of the ninth against his former club. Ynoa, a native of the Dominican Republic,made headlines when the A’s gave him a $4.25 million signing bonus when he was just 16, setting a record for the biggest bonus the team has given to an amateur free agent. Marcus Semien singled home a run off Ynoa to pad the A’s lead in the ninth.
At the plate
The A’s continued the misery for Shields, who has allowed nine home runs in four starts during August. Davis pounded a two-run shot in the third, his 31st homer of the season, and he finished just a triple shy of the cycle. Stephen Vogt had a solo shot in the fifth and Yonder Alonso followed up with a two-run homer to right later that inning.
In the field
Marcus Semien, playing the team with which he broke into the majors, made a terrific backhand play at short to end the second. He went to his right to snag Todd Frazier’s grounder in the hole, then unloaded quickly with a strong throw across the diamond to first. Graveman was locked in and making it look easy, and his defense was responding behind him. First baseman Yonder Alonso added a sensational play in the seventh, diving to spear Tim Anderson’s line drive and tagging first in the same motion to double off Adam Eaton.
Tonight's attendance in Chicago was 20,011.
Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30) began this season with an Opening Night victory at the Coliseum, throwing seven innings of three-run ball in a 4-3 Sox victory. He takes the mound in Saturday’s 4:10 p.m. game, with Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15) going for the A’s.