Lou Trivino was essentially unusable for the Oakland A. Their closest had not only hit a wall, but collapsed and fell on him. He missed two saves and lost three straight outings in a five-game streak where he allowed 13 runs on eight hits and five walks over his 3.2 innings. Whether it was from overwork over the season or quickly approaching a career high in innings, Trivino had suddenly become a handicap.
It seems all he needed was some rest. The A’s went six days without using Trivino, sliding Andrew Chafin into the closest role. Trivino returned to low leverage outings, the A’s being careful in his use, making sure he was ready before sending him back into the fire.
Lou Trivino back in highly leveraged roles
After recovering a pair of catches, manager Bob Melvin turned to Trivino in a really important situation on Sunday. The Angels tied the game against Sergio Romo, with a hit and error bringing in a pair of points. Trivino entered the game with a winning run in the second and an out – a test to see if he was ready to return to his previous role.
Trivino was up to the challenge. He struck out Max Stassi and Jack Mayfield on strikes to end the threat late in the ninth, then easily handled the end of the tenth after the A’s scored early in the inning. He’s only thrown 14 shots to register those last five strikeouts, the type of performance Oakland had grown used to seeing.
This outing also indicates that Melvin is ready to trust Trivino again. It’s one thing to get into a clean run and perform; it’s another to have to clean up a mess and escape with the game in play. Trivino was able to do just that, not only by ending the threat, but also taking the win for his. efforts.
It is still too early to declare that he is ready to take over the closest role. Just as Trivino has been playing lately, he has yet to regain that place. If he keeps throwing and can string together a few more dominant performances, it can happen before the end of the season.
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Lou Trivino has started to gain the confidence of the Oakland A’s again. He’s back in high-leverage situations and is ready to be what they need.