On Thursday afternoon Oakland Athletics rookie pitch Sonny Gray took to the mound and blanked the Houston Astros. The Athletics won by a score of 5-0 and Sonny pitched 8 innings of shutout ball en route to notching his 1st career MLB victory. Sonny was in command of his pitches as he allowed a mere 4 hits while striking out 9.
This was Sonny’s 4th appearance for the Oakland Athletics and only his second career start. On the season he is 1-1 with a 1.00 era and has 20 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.
The 23 year old is a former #1 draft choice of the Oakland Athletics out of Vanderbilt College in the 2011 draft. Sonny was called up to the big leagues for the 1st time in July and made his 1st relief appearance on July 10th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sonny’s 1st big MLB start took place on August 10th versus the Toronto Blue Jays. In that game Sonny took the loss while only allowing 2 earned runs.
The Nashville native was 10-7 with a 3.42 era in 20 games with the Sacramento RiverCats this year. Sonny was a PCL All-star selection and was chosen to start the game. However he could not because he was with Oakland at the time.
Hopefully Thursday’s start is what we can come to expect from Sonny Gray throughout his career. He is a young arm and only going to get better.