Recap: Reds @ A’s Game 80
Wrap: Oakland 5, Cincinnati 0. A’s 46-34 (1st Place, tied)
Nearly halfway home and the A’s sweep the Reds with a decisive victory silencing the National League’s fourth best (as per wOBA) offense. Cincinnati managed to draw two walks in the top of the first and then the balance of their offense was a fifth inning Devin Mesoraco single and a seventh inning Xavier Paul double. No runs, two hits, 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, four runners stranded. Not a recipe for a victory and the Reds couldn’t cook up a win. A’s have an offday and then will face another NL Central foe in the St. Louis Cardinals.
The bottom of the fourth is where the A’s broke through and scored all the runs they’d need to win this (incidentally they’d need one, but they scored four which oftentimes seems sufficient for the A’s to win – when they score four or more runs Oakland has a 39-7 record for a .848 winning percentage). The inning was just a barrage off of Bailey: single (Lowrie), single (Cespedes), double (Moss), home run (Donaldson) before he regrouped. The A’s could have done more even as Sogard drew a walk later in the inning but was caught stealing to end it. The A’s would score another run in the seventh off of Reds prospect Tony Cingrani care of a double by Sogard allowing him to score on a double by Nate Freiman. For what it is worth Vogt still has yet to achieve his first MLB hit. He now stands at 0-for-31 to start his career in 34 plate appearances for a .000/.059/.000 and -0.8 WAR which seems amazing to accumulate so quickly in so few plate appearances.
Appearances: A.J. Griffin.
While with five runs as noted before the A’s batters essentially guaranteed victory (funny but with four runs or more their winning percentage is better than it is with five runs or more), the A’s have a 1.000 winning percentage when allowing no runs and that goes all the way back to 1901. Griffin took 108 pitches, 73 of them strikes to fell the Reds lineup, walking two (those batters being two of the first three he faced) and allowing just two hits. Countering that he struck out seven including getting a golden sombrero out of Jay Bruce.
108 pitch two-hit shutout. Is there anyone else it really could be? No doubter: Griffin.