A.J. Griffin has struggled with the long ball, and his struggles continued on Friday.
Erick Aybar, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout for the Los Angeles Angels, powering them to a 4-1 win over Griffin and the A’s. Griffin only pitched five innings, and he took the loss. Jered Weaver, on the other hand, twirled a gem, as he pitched 6.2 scoreless innings.
Weaver didn’t give up a run, and he picked up his eighth win of the season. Ernesto Frieri picked up his 23rd save of the year, as he pitched a perfect inning. Kevin Jepsen got the Angels in some trouble in the ninth inning, as he surrendered an RBI double to Chris Young. However, Frieri lowered his ERA to 2.81 with a great outing.
Griffin, on the other hand, failed to throw well. Sonny Gray, Jerry Blevins and Pat Neshek combined to throw three scoreless, two-hit innings, and Gray pitched a two-inning gem. However, it wasn’t enough, as Weaver dominated and the Angels bullpen held the A’s.
Eric Sogard singled for the A’s, which piled up just seven hits. Four came against Weaver, who lowered his ERA to 3.30. The A’s are now 56-40, and they are two games ahead of the second-place Texas Rangers. The Angels are just 45-49, and they are 10 games back of the A’s.