Recap: Giants @ A’s Game 73
A.J. Griffin made his Major League debut, but it was an MLB first home run off the bat of Derek Norris that won this one for Oakland 4-2 in dramatic fashion. The three run shot off of former Oakland Athletic Santiago Casilla salvaged the series for the A’s who now sit at 35-38 for the year. Last night, I got to see some of Griffin’s former teammates with the River Cats play in Las Vegas. The game was a terrible loss for the Sacramento nine and featured what may have been the worst defensive outfield I have ever seen in my lifetime live with Kila Ka’aihue in left field, Michael Taylor manning center and Luke Hughes patrolling right.
- Griffin had a strong major league debut. After a rough first inning, in which he recorded his first career strikeout, K’ing the first batter he faced Gregor Blanco, before allowing a Ryan Theriot single followed by a Buster Posey two run shot, he settled in for a good six inning outing. Overall he would go six, allowing those two runs on the Posey home run, on a grand total of three hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Not bad for a spot start debut.
- Griffin was relieved by Sean Doolittle, who continued his out of this world strikeout numbers by throwing one and two thirds innings and striking out three while allowing two hits. His numbers on the year across eight and two thirds innings now are a very strange: 17.7 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 so along with his 4.15 ERA, he had a -0.17 FIP. Wild. Jim Miller finished the final inning and a third of the game so Norris ended up giving him the win, as Miller faced the minimum while striking out one.
- Big hit came from the A’s rookie catcher Norris. On the day he went 1-for-4, but the one was the one that won it so that’s all that matters. Coco Crisp and Brandon Hicks both had the only other extra base hits in the game for Oakland, with both notching a double with Crisp’s coming off of Matt Cain and Hicks’ coming off of Jeremy Affeldt.