Athletics: 4 Angels: 1
For the first time since 2006 the Oakland A’s will finish the season with a winning record. This is a big step for the A’s, who were once thought to be a 90 game (or more) losing team.
Last night’s win against the Angels marked their 12th win in a row on the road, tying a franchise record for consecutive road wins.
A.J. Griffin was the story of the night, throwing 8 shutout innings against the Angels. He allowed only 6 hits, walked none and struck out 6 and improved his record to 6-0. In last night’s game, Griffin became the first pitcher, since at least 1918, to allow 3 runs or less and walk 2 or less over his first 11 starts.
The A’s scored in the first inning off of an Erick Aybar error, scoring Josh Reddick, who reached base off a double. They would not score again until the sixth inning, when Yoenis Cespedes lead off the inning with a home run, it was his second in two days. After blowing their chance to extend their lead in the seventh, they would go on to score 2 more in the eighth. Josh Donaldson lead off the inning with a double and scored after a double by Derek Norris. Norris would score off of an RBI single by Coco Crisp.
Sean Doolittle came in to replace A.J. Griffin in the ninth inning and the shut out was immediately broken by a lead off home run from Albert Pujols. He then got Kendrys Morales and Howard Kendrick to ground out, but was replaced by Ryan Cook after he gave up a double to Erick Aybar. Ryan Cook recorded the last out by getting Vernon Wells to ground out, officially making the A’s a winning team.