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Straily Promoted to Sacramento06/18/2012 10:04 AM ET
By Bob Hards / Midland RockHounds
It is often said that (almost) everything "evens out" in baseball. A line drive is caught; a blooper drops for a hit. Dan Straily's first half with the RockHounds (his first season at Double-A) saw two of the more excruciating "no decisions" in recent (and not so recent) memory:
On May 18, he struck out 15 Corpus Christi batters (a Minor League Baseball season high and a probable franchise record) ... departed with a 4-1 lead ... and finished with a no decision after the 'Hounds relinquished the lead, then came back to win.
Last Friday (vs. San Antonio), Dan took a perfect game into the seventh, and retired the first 20 batters he faced, before surrendering a solo home run to the Missions' Jonathan Galvez. Straily goes 8.0 innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out nine. He leaves with a 2-1 lead and, again, finishes with a no decision as San Antonio scores five times in the ninth.
Things "evened out" for Dan yesterday, when he was called up to (AAA) Sacramento. He joins the Pacific Coast League RiverCats on the strength of a first half in which he was 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA (ninth in the league) and 108 strikeouts. The "K" total is remarkable. At the time of his promotion, Straily had TWENTY-NINE more strikeouts than any other Texas League pitcher.
The A's have not announced a replacement for Straily at this time. The promotion will open a spot in the rotation on Wednesday against Frisco (also the start of the 2nd Half of the Texas League season).