Bullpen records 6 2/3 shutout innings as A's nearly come back
By Trevor Hass
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kendall Graveman allowed nine of the 13 batters he faced to reach base Sunday, lasting just 1 1/3 innings and yielding four earned runs in the A's 4-3 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.
Matt Duffy made Graveman pay on a poorly located cutter, launching the ball over the fence in left to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the first. Graveman never bounced back, needing 50 pitches to record four outs.
Scribner even made a nifty behind-the-back snag in the fourth inning to retire Duffy.
Pomeranz, who was initially scheduled to start Wednesday but will no longer be making that start, made sure he was ready when called upon despite the uncertainty of when he would pitch.
A's manager Bob Melvin credited his bullpen for doing its job and not letting the margin increase.
"[The Giants] were swinging the bats great, got seven hits and a couple walks in an inning and a third," Melvin said, "and then to come in and shut them down like that was terrific. We just couldn't get that one last run."
Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.