Melvin was especially pleased that one of his most experienced pitchers, Bartolo Colon, was on the mound on Sunday as the A's tried to get the series win. Righty Tyson Ross was roughed up in a 10-1 loss to the Orioles on Saturday, allowing nine runs on 11 hits with one strikeout and one walk over four innings, ballooning his ERA from 2.13 to 6.48.
"I think we feel good about everybody who's pitching right now," Melvin said. "Tyson, up until last night, had two really good outings for us. I actually like everybody we send to the mound. But certainly, the way Bartolo has pitched, just his whole demeanor and what he's done for us this year, lends to our team feeling good when he takes the mound."
As the offense has continued to struggle, the A's pitching has carried the team so far this season. The A's entered Sunday's game having compiled a 2.78 ERA over the last 10 games, and have an ERA of 3.02 on the season -- second best in the American League. The A's also lead the Majors with four shutouts this season.