It was a special day in Oakland today for A.J. Griffin. Going against the Cincinnati Reds, a team with one of the best records in baseball at 45-33, Griffin pitched one of the best games of his career.
Things started out rough for Griffin, as he walked Shin Soo Choo to start the game. After retiring Derrick Robinson on a ground ball, he walked Joey Votto. However, he was able to strike out Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier to end the threat. That was the Reds’ biggest scoring chance on the day.
Griffin was simply masterful after that, allowing just 2 hits (1 of which was a dropped ball and should have been ruled an error) and 2 walks while striking out 7. This marked a big game for the righty, who had never thrown a complete game before at the major league level. He hadn’t won in 5 starts, so this was a nice bounceback for him.
The 25 year old Griffin lowered his ERA on the season to 3.56 after this performance. One of the better young and upcoming pitchers in the game, Griffin is enjoying a solid season in Oakland, with a 6-6 record and 81 strikeouts compared to 25 walks.