OAKLAND -- For as many pitching greats that have made their way through the historically rich confines of the Oakland Coliseum, none have combined for the type of stretch the current staff has managed.
Vida Blue wasn't around for something like this. Neither was Catfish Hunter or Blue Moon Odom. But the not-so-much household names of Tommy Milone, Tyson Ross and Travis Blackley, along with Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon, are.
Together, the five pitchers entered Saturday having allowed just 22 hits over the last six games, fewest by A's hurlers over a six-game span since at least 1918. They've allowed just 10 runs in that time for a 1.67 ERA.
"It's obviously impressive," Jonny Gomes said. "I don't even think it matters what level you do that at. If you did that in the College World Series, it would be impressive. If you did it in Triple-A, it would be impressive. So it obviously stands out a little more doing it in the big leagues, especially when you've just played the best team in baseball, record-wise. I think the story only gets better with that."
It's true. The A's trio of McCarthy, Milone and Blackley, along with a handful of bullpen arms that combined for three innings, surrendered just eight hits to the Dodgers over the last three games -- all wins that gave Oakland its first home sweep of the season.
"They start feeding off each other," manager Bob Melvin said. "Each starter takes it upon himself to go out there and keep it rolling.
"For Blackley, we haven't seen a performance out of him like that. I think he's gaining confidence each and every time he goes out there. Now it's [Friday starter] Jarrod [Parker]'s turn to go out there and do his thing."