Gio Gonzalez Shuts Down Marlins To Tune Of One Hit
WP: Gio Gonzalez (7-5)
LP: Javier Vazquez (4-8)
S: Andrew Bailey (6)
If I told you before the game that the Oakland Athletics would get one unearned run on four hits and still win this ball game, you would probably think I'm nuts.
But that's exactly what happened at the Coliseum tonight as the A's shut down Florida Marlins 1-0 in a game that was delayed 1 hour and 23 minutes due to rain.
Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly in the second inning of the contest brought in Hideki Matsui for the games only run. It would be the only run Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey needed to get a victory for the A's.
Vazquez pitched a great 7 innings (1 run, 3 hits) while losing his eighth game of the season.
Gonzalez ran rapid through the Marlins line-up after Emilio Bonifacio singled to lead off the ballgame. That single ended up being the only hit in the game for the Marlins. Gonzalez threw eight innings of one hit ball and retired 13 batters in a row after that one hit. Striking out nine while winning his second straight decision after going 5 straight games without a win.
After a Scott Sizemore error on a high bouncer to lead off the ninth inning, Andrew Bailey kept Bonifacio on second base by striking out the side to earn his sixth save of the season.
Player Of The Game:
Gio Gonzalez: 8.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 9 K, 3BB
The Florida Marlins have lost 14 straight one run games. That's the longest streak in the Majors since the 1989 Detroit Tigers.
Game started after 1 hour 23 minute rain delay
Marlins first baseman Gabby Sanchez was ejected by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for arguing a check swing.