A.J. Griffin took the mound for the Oakland A’s on Sunday and although he wasn’t brilliant, he pitched well enough to keep his team in the game. The A’s were able to get to the Kansas City Royals‘ bullpen and win 4-3 and complete a weekend sweep that brought their record over the .500 mark for the season.
Griffin trudged his way through six innings giving up seven hits, three walks and three earned runs. He allowed single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but didn’t let the Royals put up the dreaded crooked number in any inning. Griffin walked away from the day with a no decision.
The A’s won all three games by one run even though the offense was far from tearing the cover off the ball, batting just .230 for the series. The team got three decent starts from Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and Griffin and then turned things over to a bullpen that didn’t allow a run in eight innings pitched.
This is the formula that Oakland will need to use if they are going to rise to the top of the American League West. Going into the Sunday night game, the A’s are still six games behind the front running Texas Rangers. The A’s are catching fire at the right time because they start an important three game series with those very same Rangers on Monday in Arlington. If their pitching can do the same to the Rangers as it did to the Royals, the rest of the AL will need to take notice.