The Oakland A’s seem to have their mojo back, taking two out of three games against the Angels and now winning at the Yankees.
A.J. Griffin pitched seven dominant innings, shutting out the Yankees, and allowing the Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour to close things out.
The game started with a bang, as Adam Rosales hit the first pitch of the night out of the park, then sprinted around the bases as if it were a double off the wall. Rosales was starting his first game at the leadoff position in his career, and it looks like he may be staying there until Coco Crisp comes back from injury.
Their second run came in the sixth inning when Derek Norris knocked in Yoenis Cespedes with a single to left. Cespedes had drawn a leadoff walk and advanced to third via a Josh Donaldson hit.
However, the big story of the game remained the pitching of Griffin, who worked around a two-out double by Jason Nix in the seventh by striking out Brennan Boesch.
“A.J. pitched great,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It doesn’t really matter what else goes on when you get seven shutout innings from your starter in this ballpark, and you’ve got a fresh bullpen behind you. He was terrific.”
The two teams will play tomorrow at 10:05 PST, with former Yankee Bartolo Colon toeing the rubber for the A’s.