Sonny Gray gets first MLB hit, knows better than to test Yasiel Puig's arm
Athletics ace Sonny Gray had one heckuva Tuesday night. The 25-year-old right-hander threw an absolute gem at Dodger Stadium. He had only allowed two hits through seven innings and his A's were up 2-0 when his spot in the batting order came up leading off the eighth.
He'd obviously earned the right to hit for himself.
Gray entered play 0-for-2 lifetime (AL gonna AL) with two sacrifice bunts to his credit. He had already struck out in the second and the fifth, but that only meant that he was due, apparently. Gray lined a ball just inside the first-base bag that caromed off the wall along the right-field line.
Even though it seemed to take an odd bounce and sit flat in the Dodgers outfield, Gray was smart enough to know he shouldn't tempt fate and try to sneak up to second with Yasiel Puig and his cannon out there.
Sadly, Gray never got to move off of first as the next three A's to step into the box hit into outs. Maybe one day young Sonny will get to experience the thrill of being in scoring position. Until then, we think he's happy to settle for a nine-strikeout shutout.