It had largely been a disappointing week for the Giants until Thursday.
Finishing a four game Bay Series, the last two of which were at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants (29-25) manage to beat Oakland Athletics (31-24) by a final of 5-2. Oakland had won the first three between them and the Giants, even the first of this two game series at AT&T. But a 4-run 6th inning allowed the Giants to take one game from this Bay Area match up.
The Giants win also snaps the A’s 6 game winning streak.
As for that 4-run 6th inning, Pablo Sandoval started off the scoring for the Giants with a single to center allowing Brett Pill and Brandon Crawford to score from 3rd and 2nd. That made it 2-1 with the Giants taking the lead for the first time in 23 innings. Sandoval would go 2-4 on the day but only had three hits in this four game Bay Series with the A’s.
Then later in the inning with two runners on and A’s starter A.J. Griffin out of the game, Brandon Belt doubled to left allowing Sandoval and Hunter Pence to score to make it 4-1.
All four runs would be counted against A.J. Griffin (L, 5-4) as he went 5 2/3 innings with 5 strikeouts.
Oakland did start the scoring off in the 2nd inning when Coco Crisp singled in Derek Norris from 2nd base. It was the A’s only run of the inning and the only run against the former Oakland starter Barry Zito (W, 4-3) who lasted 6 innings for the Giants allowing 3 hits and 6 walks, a season high. Despite that, Zito was the solid start that the Giants needed from their starters.
“He was just being Zito out there,” Brandon Belt said. “We needed it.”
The A’s would get one run back in the 7th inning as Yoenis Cespedes would hit in John Jaso on a single to right to make it 4-2. San Francisco would let Ramon Ramirez get one more out before bringing in Jeremy Affeldt to strikeout Brandon Moss to end the side.
San Francisco would get another run in the bottom of the 7th on a throwing error by A’s shortstop Adam Rosales. On a fielder’s choice to first, Adam Rosales made the out at second and then threw the ball over everyone’s head in attempt to get Brandon Crawford out at 1st. The ball went out of play allowing Nick Noonan to score from 3rd. Pablo then popped out to 2nd to end the inning.
The Giants had another scoring opportunity in the 8th with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. However, they failed to extend the lead as A’s reliever Pat Neshek would strike out Andres Torres and then Brett Pill after intentionally loading the bases to face Pill rather than Nick Noonan.
Sergio Romo would come in to get a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th earning his 14th save of the year.
The first game between these two at AT&T Park had the A’s winning 9-6. Tim Lincecum (L, 3-5) allowed 6 runs, 5 earned, as he failed to make it beyond the 5th inning. The Giants did come back a bit to make it a one run ball game after 8 innings but a couple more runs from the A’s in the 9th, large part because of an error by left fielder Andres Torres, made a last inning comeback improbable at best.
The Giants now leave the Bay Area and head for the mid west to take on the St. Louis Cardinals (35-18) in a three game series. San Francisco’s probables are Matt Cain (4-2), Madison Bumgarner (4-3), and Chad Gaudin (0-1). St. Louis’ probables are Shelby Miller (5-3), Adam Wainwright (7-3), and Tyler Lyons (2-0).
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Written by Daniel Trucios