MLB Game Summary - Cincinnati at Oakland|
(Wednesday, June 26th)
Final Score: Oakland 5, Cincinnati 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - A.J. Griffin tossed his first career shutout
and Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer as the Oakland Athletics blanked the
Cincinnati Reds, 5-0, to complete a sweep of a brief two-game interleague
Griffin (6-6), who earned his first victory since May 25 and snapped a
five-start winless streak, shined in striking out seven and allowing just
two hits. The righty also surrendered two walks -- both coming in the first
inning -- but escaped by fanning Todd Frazier and cruised the rest of the
Donaldson also hit a three-run homer in Tuesday's 7-3 series opening win,
while Brandon Moss and Nate Freiman drove in a run each for the Athletics
in the finale.
Homer Bailey (4-6) absorbed the loss, tossing six frames of six-hit, four-run
ball while also striking out seven for Cincinnati, which has dropped five of
six. Xavier Paul had a double and Devin Mesoraco added a single to account
for the Reds' only offense.
Oakland opened up the scoring in the fourth, as Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes
smacked consecutive singles to open up the inning. Moss' double scored Lowrie
to make it 1-0 and Donaldson added to the lead by crushing the first pitch he
saw into the left-field bleachers for a 4-0 Athletics' advantage.
"It was down the middle and I was able to hit it pretty good. I was looking to
be aggressive with runners in scoring position and got a good pitch to drive,"
The Reds, meanwhile, struggled offensively and didn't register a hit until
Mesoraco's one-out single in the fifth. Paul doubled off Griffin in the
seventh with two outs, but Zack Cozart struck out to end the inning.
Oakland added another run off Tony Cingrani in the home half. The
pinch-hitting Freiman delivered a two-out RBI double scored Eric Sogard, who
doubled earlier with one out.
Cincinnati had a chance to open the scoring in the first after Griffin walked
two batters in the frame. Frazier, however, struck out looking with runners on
second and third and two outs.
The Athletics have won five straight home games versus a National League
opponent and improved to 7-2 in interleague play this season ... Griffin
tossed 108 pitches, including 73 for strikes ... Cincinnati right fielder Jay
Bruce struck out in all four of his at-bats.
06/27 03:11:12 ET