Jul 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36) celebrates after scoring a run on a passed ball against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A's Win Pitchers Duel

Nothing exciting happened on Thursday at Oakland Coliseum.  Just a good ol’ fashioned pitchers duel between Dan Straily and Travis Wood.  The A’s would take the rubber match 1-0.

Wood and Straily were both spectacular for their respective teams.  Wood went six innings and gave up only three hits.  Straily went seven innings and gave up just one hit.  Both starters were clearly on top of their games, but Straily would take the win to make his record 5-2.  Grant Balfour earned his 21st save of the year.

Newly acquired Matt Guerrier gave up the only run of the game on a passed ball.  Pedro Strop also got an inning in, he gave up no hits and no earned runs.

Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro were the two Cub hitters that had hits for the team, neither of the hits were for extra bases.  The A’s were able to managed five hits, but that’s about it for either squad.

The Cubs had a chance to take the lead, but Castro was gunned down by Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.  That was the only real scoring chance the Cubs had on the day.

The Cubs will now head home for Chicago after finishing their road trip above .500 at 5-4.  They will take on the first place Pittsburgh Pirates.

The series will being tomorrow at 3:05 PM CT.  The probable starters are, Francisco Liriano (7-3) for the Pirates and Jeff Samardzija (5-7) for the Cubs.  Hopefully the Cubs can turn things around during these three games at home before they go to the south side to take on the White Sox for one game because of the rain out earlier in the year.  The Cubs will look to make it a full sweep of the south siders, but they have to worry about Pittsburgh first.

Tags: Alfonso Soriano Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Dan Straily Francisco Liriano Grant Balfour Jeff Samardzija Matt Guerrier Oakland Athletics Pedro Strop Pittsburgh Pirates Starlin Castro Travis Wood Yoenis Cespedes

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