During the ninth inning, Rodriguez allowed one hit and struck two in route to a scoreless inning. He now has a 1.64 ERA.
Grilli opened the inning by allowing a single to left field, but he was able to get two quick outs to put the Phillies on the brink of a loss. They responded with a walk and a single to bring the potential winning run to the plate, but the closer was able to strike the batter out to end the game. Grilli owns a 4.50 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.
Boxberger has labored through his last few appearances; after needing 26 pitches and 19 pitches in his last two outings, he took 20 pitches to get three outs Wednesday. However, he didn't allow a run in any of those three outings, and even delivered a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts in his previous game. Boxberger wasn't as good Wednesday, but he still managed to grab his seventh save. He owns a 1.59 ERA and 17:6 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Chapman failed to record a strikeout in an appearance for the first time since April 12 in Wednesday's win, but he was still able to slam the door to preserve the shutout. He has yet to surrender a run in 12 2/3 innings while racking up 22 strikeouts.
"I was telling somebody earlier it's like I'm finally seeing a little bit of the light," Jones said. "I'm trying not to get too far ahead of myself, but I've been throwing off the mound without pain and that's a huge accomplishment from last year."
Jones suffered an elbow injury a year ago which required Tommy John surgery. He's still about two months away from coming back.
Wilhelmsen has been on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended elbow. This is a positive sign for Wilhelmsen, who will still need a minor-league assignment before re-joining the Mariners.
“It was good to see batters and how my stuff looks with a batter in there from both sides,” Wilhelmsen said. “I felt free and easy today. I threw all my pitches and everything felt good. We’ll figure out the next step a little later.”
It is Despaigne's first start since April 20. In 21 1/3 innings, Despaigne has gone 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA.
Doolittle will throw to batters before Friday's game against the Mariners. He's recovering from a left rotator cuff injury. He's expected to return to the Athletics' bullpen sometime during the month of May.
Putkonen has been dealing with an elbow injury and there is no timetable for his return. Replacing Putkonen on the Mud Hens' roster will be right-handed pitcher Ryan Perry , who was promoted from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.
Fien is on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain, but he said he's been pain free the last two days.