A's not concerned about down start by Gray

Opening Day starter allowed six runs over 2 2/3 innings against Brewers

A's not concerned about down start by Gray

PHOENIX -- Sonny Gray was knocked around by the Brewers on Wednesday, but the A's Opening Day starter was told to forget about the outing as quickly as he left it.

"You know what? Guy's got a lot of energy, he's very serious about what he does," said manager Bob Melvin, "and every now and then he's going to have a bad outing. I've never seen him get hit around, so we'll move on to the next one with him."

"Our approach is, 'Don't look into this one too much, and just put it on the backburner,'" added Gray.

The right-hander was touched for six runs on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings. The second inning, in particular, proved rather messy, with eight batters stepping to the plate and four runs scoring. The lengthy frame affected Gray's next one, as he walked three before departing with two outs.

"I think we had some things not go our way, and then me, personally, things just kinda got sped up and couldn't slow down," said Gray. "I started overthrowing and leaving the ball up, and they started to put some good swings on them and it went downhill from there. I was out there for a long time to my own fault those first two innings, and it just got to a point where I just couldn't throw a strike.

"I've got to be better than that, to not let the game speed up and be able to take a deep breath and get back in the moment instead of overthrowing and letting it snowball like it did."

Gray, though, said he felt great physically, and he'll look to finish the spring season on a high note in his final Cactus League outing next week.

"That's the last guy we're worried about," said Melvin.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.