One year and two days after his major league debut, A.J. Griffin pitched his first career complete game. It was a gem, all right, the right-hander limiting the Cincinnati Reds to just two hits -- a Devin Mesoraco single that hit the heel of an onrushing Chris Young's glove in the fifth and a Xavier Paul double off the wall that Josh Reddick misread in the seventh -- while walking two, both in the first inning, and striking out seven in his 108 pitches, 73 of which were strikes. Really, the most surprising thing about Griffin's outing is that he had not won since May 25, going 0-3 in five starts since. As such, the A's pulled off a two-game interleague sweep of Cincinnati with the 5-0 victory, though the Reds have a shot at retribution in Cincinnati Aug. 6-7. One game shy of the midway point of the 162-game season, the A's (46-34) pulled ahead of Texas (44-33) by half-a-game in the American League West. The Rangers have a night game at the New York Yankees. Starting pitching report Griffin's career-worst three-game losing streak a thing of the past, he especially owned the Reds' Jay Bruce, striking him out four times. Griffin's previous career high in innings pitched was the eight-inning job he pulled at Anaheim on April 11. Bullpen report No one warmed up, though Ryan Cook did get something to drink after the eighth inning.
Griffin goes the distance as A's sweep Reds
CSN Bay Area | Jun 27