Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
The A’s got back on track this week by taking four out of five games from the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The team’s efforts were buoyed by strong performances from two recent callups, Zach Logue and Adrian Martinez, each winning their respective starts with scoreless performances.
Zach Logue was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Matt Chapman trade and made his MLB debut in April pitching in relief against the Orioles. He was called back up on May 6 to replace an injured Cole Irvin and has made two starts since then. Logue lost the first one against the Twins last week, though he only gave up two runs despite giving up two homers among five hits and two walks through five innings.
The 26-year-old lefty fared considerably better in his second start against the Tigers on Wednesday. He got plenty of run support from the A’s but only needed one from the offense, as he shut out the Twins through seven innings and relievers Sam Moll and Justin Grimm contributed a scoreless inning apiece to seal the victory for Logue. Zach fanned six and didn’t walk a single batter. He presently ranks 19th on the A’s prospect list.
- Logue, MLB 2022: 1.35 ERA, 13⅓ IP, 12 K, 3 BB, 3.95 FIP
Adrian Martinez came from the Padres in a two prospect package for Sean Manaea. Martinez was called up for his big league debut on May 10 to fill out the A’s roster for a doubleheader. The 25-year-old right hander delighted fans and teammates alike in his first MLB start, going 5⅓ scoreless innings for the win. Adrian swelled with joy in the sixth inning when he handed the ball to manager Mark Kotsay and accepted his well-deserved congratulations for a job well done. He’s currently ranked 21st among A’s prospects.
Martinez, MLB 2022: 0.00 ERA, 5⅓ IP, 3 K, 0 BB, 2.56 FIP
Presumably, Logue will give up his rotation spot upon Cole Irvin’s return, and Martinez is already back in the minors, having only occupied the extra active roster spot on a doubleheader day. But it’s encouraging to see these young prospects show their stuff and demonstrate readiness to fortify the A’s pitching depth. Congratulations to both on their first big league wins!
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Best of Twitter:
Puk continues to impress and regain velocity.
A.J. Puk worked two scoreless innings on 24 pitches, 16 strikes. He has used his slider a lot this season but today threw 19 fastballs. He sat 96-97 mph and touched 98.— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 12, 2022
It will be interesting indeed to see how Puk’s role evolves.
They seem to be pairing him with the highest leverage innings in terms of who will be up in the order, which is the old Hader treatment that worked really well for MKE.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) May 12, 2022
Irvin on the mend.
Cole Irvin threw a flat-ground session yesterday that "went well" and will throw a bullpen session on Friday, Mark Kotsay said.— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 12, 2022
Bad BABIP luck.
Tucker Barnhart promptly rendered this meaningless with a 102.3 mph RBI double. A's lead 3-1 in the fifth. https://t.co/Ngmv2rI5i1— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) May 12, 2022
Happy birthday to the oldest living Athletic!
Felipe Alou played for the Oakland A's in 1970 and 1971 and is the oldest living Oakland Athletic. https://t.co/cXX0dIXi5M— Mike Selleck (@MikeSelleck) May 12, 2022
This would be an excellent bleacher sign. https://t.co/yoGHZACwx8— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) May 13, 2022
From the farm:
A's Minor League Report - May 12, 2022: @stocktonports catcher CJ Rodriguez reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two walks to help the Ports beat Rancho Cucamonga, 7-6. pic.twitter.com/zKOzMFtDwv— Oakland A's Communications (@AthleticsPR) May 12, 2022
Calling aspiring journalists!
Holy Toledo! There's a scholarship named after Bill King!— Daniel Brown (@BrownieAthletic) May 12, 2022
Do you know a Bay Area college student interested in a journalism or broadcasting career?
The A's are accepting applications through June 6. (No handlebar mustache or Van Dyke beard required)https://t.co/aIMVnXHNYk