Brazelton will take his 13th shot at his first career road win when the Devil Rays continue their three-game series with the red-hot Oakland Athletics.
Brazelton, who went 1-6 with a 6.89 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie last year, has shown flashes of brilliance since being recalled in June. The right-hander has won consecutive starts on three occasions, with the last two being his most impressive.
He ended the Devil Rays’ six-game slide by beating Anaheim 8-3 on Aug. 17, and followed it up five days later with one of his best performances of the season. The hard-throwing right-hander stopped the Rays’ four-game losing streak by allowing just one run and five hits over seven innings in a 2-1 victory over the A’s at Tropicana Field.
“That’s exactly what he pitched like … pitched like a stopper,” manager Lou Piniella said of Brazelton. “Two really nice ballgames. There’s a kid that last year was pitching in the California League at this time.”
Brazelton improved to 6-1 at home this year, but is still seeking his first career road victory. He is 0-9 with a 7.18 ERA in 12 career road starts, including an 0-3 mark and 8.06 ERA in five starts this season.
Brazelton will certainly have his hands full on Saturday as his counterpart, Oakland’s Tim Hudson, is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in eight starts at home this season.
Hudson has yielded just one earned run and 13 hits in his last two starts, spanning 16 1-3 innings.
Marco Scutaro also homered for the A’s, who have won five straight and 10 of 11.