By once again sending Straily down — for the second time this season — the A's can call up an extra arm, as they plan to do Wednesday by promoting right-handed prospect Sonny Gray.
"It's not the first time," Straily said. "It's simple. I'm not needed until after the All-Star break.
“I could've gone out and thrown a perfect game tonight, and after the game I would've been optioned out. It's nothing personal. I'm just not needed until after the break."
"That's just the way it is, the life of a fifth starter," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "And when he performs in the fashion he does, it's quite the luxury, and he understands."
Straily has allowed just three hits total in his last two starts, spanning 13.1 innings, and limited his opponents to two runs or fewer in seven of his last nine outings.
His lone mistake in Tuesday's game was a leadoff solo shot to Pedro Alvarez in the second inning, a monster shot halfway up the batter’s eye in dead center, as if Alvarez was making a point.
You would believe he was, listening to the Pirates television broadcast crew and by the reactions and signs held up by Bucs fans on Tuesday night on Root Sports.
The Pirates announcers were outraged Alvarez, who is a New York native, was not added to the NL Home Run Derby team for Monday by the Mets David Wright, the National League captain for the game.
Wright, who will hit in Home Run Derby, also selected Carlos Gonzalez (leading the NL with 24 round-trip shots) and Michael Cuddyer (15) of the Colorado Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, who — like Wright — has only 13 homers, due to Harper missing over a moth of the season with injuries.
Cuddyer is a good friend of Wright’s, which is why he was chosen over Alvarez, who now has 23 home runs as does Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies or even Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who has 21 long balls.
Pittsburgh's 1-0 lead was wiped away for good in the fourth, when the A’s John Jaso laced a two-out double against Pittsburgh rookie righty Gerrit Cole (4-2) and scored on first baseman Brandon Moss' home run to right field on the first pitch after Jaso’s double.
For Moss, it is his team-leading 16th of the season but first against his former team.
Cole went seven innings for the Pirates, allowing five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
But as the first selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Cole’s effort was bettered by Oakland's 24th-round 2009 pick from the Thundering Herd.
"Straily was terrific again, mixing his pitches well, throwing his curveball, which he normally doesn't do, just had them off balance," Melvin said.
"The one pitch he probably takes back is the change-up that probably stays in the middle of the plate, but, other than that he was terrific."
"That strikeout to Alvarez," said Straily, referring to the fourth-inning whiff on a curveball, "that's the first time I threw (that pitch) to a right-hander in two years."
Straily had another first on this night, too.
He enjoyed his first Major League plate appearance — a strikeout, as well as his second, a walk on four pitches.
"Bob told me to take a strike," Straily said, "and he never threw one."
A’s Infielder Grant Green, called up Monday from Sacramento to make his Major League debut, quickly reminded him of something, something Straily was proud to relay to reporters: "I did reach base before Grant Green."
This story was a combination of an Oakland Athletics game story release, with additional information by HI's Woody Woodrum.