Oakland starter Mark Redman is more than happy to get out of Oakland.
Redman looks to rebound from a pair of disastrous home outings as the AL West-leading Athletics conclude their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Redman was pounded for seven runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-9 loss to the Texas Rangers in Oakland on Tuesday. That start came seven days after he gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox at home.
“We’ve gone through the Redman thing (at home) a bunch of times,” A’s manager Ken Macha said. “You just never know with Red. He could come out here and pitch a dandy.”
Redman, who tried to reverse his luck by switching his uniform number from 55 to 18 for Tuesday’s start, is 3-6 with a 7.81 ERA at home this season. However, he has fared much better on the road, going 7-6 with a 2.98 ERA.
Redman will face Seattle rookie Bobby Madritsch, who turned in his second straight dominating performance on Tuesday. He allowed two runs and six hits in 8 1-3 innings of a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Angels. Madritsch, who threw eight scoreless innings in a 7-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 9, took a shutout into the ninth inning against Anaheim, mixing his fastball with a deceptive changeup.
“All of these games I pitch like World Series games because you never know,” said Madritsch, who has made 12 appearances, including eight starts, since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on July 21. “Things can be taken from you in a hurry. The success I’ve had up here, I’m really enjoying it, but I’m just staying focused. I can’t live off one game.”
The A’s beat the Mariners 7-4 on Saturday to move two games ahead of Anaheim in the AL West. Oakland has six games left against the Angels, who lost 2-0 to Texas on Saturday.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 with his 200th single, one night after breaking the major league record for singles. Suzuki has 236 hits, 21 shy of George Sisler’s 1920 record with 14 games left.