3B Josh Donaldson homered for the second straight game Wednesday against the Reds, launching a three-run shot in the fourth inning off RHP Homer Bailey in a 5-0 A's win. He hit a two-run homer off Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo in a 7-3 win Tuesday. Donaldson now has 12 home runs, third most on the team, and leads the A's with 51 RBIs. He's hitting a team-best .308.
C Stephen Vogt, who was behind the plate Wednesday for RHP A.J. Griffin's first career complete game and shutout, went 0-for-3 against the Reds and has yet to notch his first major-league hit. He went 0-for-25 last year with Tampa Bay and now 0-for-31 to start his career.
LF Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-4 and scored a run Wednesday against the Reds, extending his hitting streak in interleague games to 11, dating to last season. He's had at least one hit in all nine interleague games this year, going 12-for-38 (.316) with two home runs, two doubles, on triple, nine RBIs and nine runs scored.
RHP Bartolo Colon will take a seven-game winning streak into his next start Friday night when the A's open a three-game interleague series at home against St. Louis. In his past seven starts, Colon is 7-0 with a 1.41 ERA, improving to 10-2 overall. The seven-game streak is one shy of his career high. Colon has won all six of his starts since turning 40 on May 24. In three career starts against the Cardinals, Colon is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA.
CF Coco Crisp was out of the starting lineup Wednesday against Cincinnati because he had to deal with a "family issue" that kept him away from the Coliseum until after the game was underway, A's manager Bob Melvin said. According to Melvin, the issue was resolved and was not an emergency. Melvin said he knew Tuesday night that Crisp would miss the start of Wednesday's game. Crisp joined his teammates in the dugout early in the game and was available to play but did not make an appearance in the A's 5-0 win.
RHP A.J. Griffin pitched the first complete game and first shutout of his major-league career Wednesday, allowing just two hits in a 5-0 victory over the Reds. Griffin snapped a career-long three-game losing streak. He struck out seven and walked two. He blanked the Reds on no hits through 4 1/3 innings before C Devin Mesoraco singled.
RHP Pat Neshek, who made his first relief appearance Tuesday night since June 19, had been dealing with a "minor strain" below his shoulder that "kept him out of some games," A's manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "But here recently he's been fine the last three of four days." Neshek entered Tuesday's game against Cincinnati with two outs and the bases loaded in top of the fifth and struck out Chris Heisey. He pitched a scoreless inning and earned the win, improving to 2-1.