Welcome back fans, tonight served as the Oakland Athletics Opening Day. The first game of the season is always special. As a team you are undefeated! Winning the first game of the year is the way every team wants to get started! Tonight Sonny Gray gave A's fans every reason to have unbridled optimism going into the 2015 season. Typically this time of year is a time when the hitters have the advantage. Usually the starters haven't got up to the point where you can assume 100 plus pitches. But that did not seem to be the case tonight at o.Co Coliseum. Sonny Gray came out of the bullpen and was dominant! He had a no-hitter through 7 innings. Ryan Rua came up to lead off the eighth and sent a solid single through the infielders and into the outfield for the hit that broke up Sonny's no-no. Gray ended the game with 8 full innings, throwing 98 pitches. Even Scribner came in for a 1-2-3 ninth with 2 strikeouts to close the game out.
The offense came through with plenty of support, giving Gray two runs to work with in the first inning on a two run shot to right by off-season acquisition Ben Zobrist and the A's never looked back. Sam Fuld, Eric Sogard and Stephen Vogt all had two hits to stay as hot as they have been in the Spring. Vogt delivered a three run shot in the seventh to end any suspense that might have been left to this game.
If you would like to see the box score for this game you can click here.
Sonny Gray and Stephen Vogt at Fanfest 2014
I know this picture has nothing to do with the game but it was a good picture of two of the keys to the game tonight.
I hope you had the chance to enjoy the athletics opening day performance. Tomorrow night's game will feature Jesse Hahn getting the start for the A's. Colby Lewis will take the ball for the Rangers as they try to get back to .500 for the season. If you are planning on going to the Coliseum you should know that it will be the first installment of free parking Tuesday, but be sure to get there early for that deal. I don't know why, but I heard a conversation between a fan and one of the parking attendants, and I think the cost for parking will suddenly change from free to $35 at 7PM. I don't know why, but I know what I heard. If you are going, enjoy the game, but don't be late!