On Tuesday, Reddick went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the A's offense, while Gray tossed 7.0 innings of three-hit ball with a careerhigh 12 strikeouts as Oakland was edged out by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2-0, at O.co Coliseum. Sonny, a Tennessee native, allowed a pair of runs (one earned) and walked three over 98 pitches in the loss. Reddick's three hits tied his season high. On Wednesday against the Halos, Reddick doubled among two hits with two RBI and a run scored, but the A's again fell to the Angels, 5-4. On Friday, Reddick, who hails from Georgia, continued his recent roll by going 2-for-4 with a homer and a two-run single as Oakland got back on track with a 6-2 triumph over the Texas Rangers in Arlington. The win helped the A's reduce their magic number to one to clinch the second slot in the AL Wild Card race behind the Kansas City Royals. In Saturday's tilt with Texas, the right-handed-hitting Reddick went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the Rangers edged out Oakland, 5-4, at Globe Life Park. In a must-win situation for Oakland on Sunday, Gray started and tossed a gem for the Athletics as the right-hander notched his second shutout of the season, striking out six and walking none while Reddick, a Middle Georgia College product, went 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple and a run scored as the A's defeated the Rangers, 4-0, to secure a playoff spot. The A's will face the Royals in the AL Wild Card Game Presented by Budweiser at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night at 8:07 p.m. on TBS.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Boston's Rusney Castillo (.400, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Minnesota's Eduardo Escobar (.304, 1 HR, 8 RBI); Baltimore's Nick Markakis (.381, 2 HR, 6 RBI); Chicago's Josh Phegley (.429, 3 HR, 5 RBI); New York's Michael Pineda (2-0, 0.66 ERA, 13.2 IP, 1 BB, 18 SO); and Seattle's Taijuan Walker (1st career CG in 1-0 loss on 9/24 at Toronto).
In recognition of their American League Co-Players of the Week Awards, Sonny Gray and Josh Reddick will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.