A.J. Griffin was sensational on Wednesday afternoon, pitching his first career complete game, which also happened to be a shutout in a 5-0 Oakland Athletics’ win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Griffin took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and wound up allowing just two hits and two walks. He struck out seven, including Jay Bruce to end the ballgame.
The right-hander had never gone past the eighth inning in his career, but he was at his absolute best this afternoon, shutting down one of the top offenses in the league.
After being kept off the scoreboard for the first three innings, the A’s struck rather quickly in the fourth. Back-to-back singles by Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes set things up with nobody out.
Brandon Moss then doubled to deep right, and Lowrie was called safe at home plate, despite missing the plate on his original slide and having to go back to touch the base.
The big tater came off the bat of Josh Donaldson, who launched a three-run bomb into the left field seats to cap off a string of four consecutive hits for the A’s, and they held a 4-0 lead, just like that.
The past two home games were just what the doctor ordered for the A’s, coming off a horrific road trip to sweep the Reds in a short two-game interleague series.
The Rangers have yet to play today, so for now, the A’s have a half game lead atop the AL West.