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After the San Francisco Giants took the first two games of the Bay Bridge Series, the Oakland A’s had had just about enough. The visiting A’s stagnant offense finally found some life at AT&T Park this afternoon, swapping leads with the Giants all the way into extra innings. And despite the best efforts from the A’s and their bullpen, it was the two AAA call-up speedsters in Darren Ford and Emmanuel Burriss that won the game in the eleventh for the Giants, solidifying a 5-4 win and sweep of the Bay Bridge Series.
The pitchers duel that was expected turned into a battle of the bullpens as Gio Gonzalez and Jonathan Sanchez battled for six plus innings before the reliving core came in. Gonzalez lasted six and 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on eights hits with eight punch outs, while Sanchez only gave up one run on five hits with six strikeouts in his six innings of work.
The Giants offense struck first with a Freddy Sanchez RBI double in the first, and an Andy LaRoche throwing error scored Buster Posey in the third. The A’s offense woke up in the sixth after a Josh Willingham homer started the rally, his seventh of the year, knocking Jonathan Sanchez out of the game.
The A’s followed up with RBI’s from Coco Crisp and Daric Barton to take the lead in the seventh, then Hideki Matsui made it a 4-2 A’s lead in the eighth with a sacrifice fly. Nate Schierholtz stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, and hit a high drive into right field to tie the game at four apiece, his fourth of the year.
From there the game went extra innings, and in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Darren Ford singled and stole second, setting the scene for Emmanuel Burriss. Burriss lined a shot to right field, scoring Ford from second for the game winning fifth run for the San Francisco Giants. It was Burriss’ first walk of hit of his major league career.
In all each team used six pitchers, 12 in total, with Brian Funetes (L 1-6) getting tabbed with his second loss of the series while Sergio Romo (W 2-0) used his two innings of scoreless work in extra to get the win. It marks the third sweep in a row for the Giants at AT&T Park, and are now 13-5 on the season at home. It also extends the A’s losing streak to five, who are 11-13 on the road thus far.
Full box score can be found here.
The Oakland Athletics send out Gio Gonzalez on Sunday looking to salvage one game in their three game Bay Bridge Series with the San Francisco Giants. The A’s offense has been held to one run through two games against the Giants in 2-1 and 3-0 losses. On Sunday the A’s will send out a slightly different lineup as they try to figure out some way to get some runs on the board against the strong Giants pitching staff.
Conor Jackson gets the start in right field, while Josh Willingham is back out in left field. Andy LaRoche has also been plugged into the lineup but that would seem to be due more to the right groin strain Kevin Kouzmanoff suffered in Saturday’s game. LaRoche started 2011 on a solid note but he has struggled for most of the month of May and lost any semblance of consistent playing time. Third base continues to be a bit of a black hole for the A’s offense. Of course, given how the rest of the lineup is performing, the entire offense appears to be a black hole at times.
After the San Francisco Giants completed their fourth win in a row Saturday afternoon against the Oakland A’s, skipper Bruce Bochy felt that he put a pretty good lineup out on the field for the 3-0 shutout. In fact, he liked it so much that he decided to use the same exact lineup Sunday as well. Every player in every position and batting order is the same except that Jonathan Sanchez is on the mound instead of Tim Lincecum.
First pitch is set for 1:05 PT Saturday with coverage on CSN Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM, and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.
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Well, the first installment of the Bay Bridge Series 2011 is drawing to a close. And with it, the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s have found themselves within a battle of attrition, with the Giants grinding out the last few games on their home turf. Now the A’s must play for some Bay Area pride to keep the Giants from sweeping the series, which would be their third home sweep in a row, and get a win for the fans on the other side of the Bay.
Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson are serious pitchers, but the Giants still might have their toughest day against the A’s yet as Gio Gonzalez (5-2 2.31 ERA) is will take on Jonathan Sanchez (3-3 3.71 ERA) for the G-Men. This battle of lefties will likely be the third straight pitcher’s duel of this series, which means the A’s need to muster a few runs and keep away from the fielding errors if they want to get a win to stop their four game losing streak.
First pitch is set for 1:05 PT Sunday with coverage on CSN California, CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM, and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.
The San Francisco Giants took the second game of the Bay Bridge Series, taking down the Oakland Athletics 3-0 before a sell-out AT&T crowd. Tim Lincecum threw a complete game shutout as he fired off a season high 133 pitches in holding the A’s to three singles, while striking out five. The fourth straight win moves the Giants to 26-19 and potentially two games up on the Rockies, pending the outcome of Colorado’s game in Milwaukee. The A’s dropped their season high fourth straight loss to fall to 22-24.
The game went as most people probably expected. Lincecum and Brett Anderson exchanged a lot of goose eggs and neither offense could get a whole lot of much going. The Giants scratched across a run early on a Buster Posey ground out. The Giants had a chance to add a run in the sixth against Joey Devine, but Aubrey Huff was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a double to left. The Giants finally managed two huge insurance runs in the eighth inning with big hits off of Brad Ziegler and Jerry Blevins.
At the end of the day the insurance runs really didn’t matter as the A’s could not get thing one going against Lincecum. They managed three singles and never advanced a runner past first base. Lincecum only struck out five as the A’s were fairly patient with him. However, it really didn’t matter because he threw just enough strikes to get the A’s swinging and they simply could not muster anything when they made contact.
The two teams square off in the series finale on Sunday as Gio Gonzalez faces Jonathan Sanchez. The game will be broadcast on CSN California and CSN Bay Area at 1:05pm pacific.
After their extra inning walk off win last night, the San Francisco Giants are looking to top themselves this afternoon against the Oakland A’s. The fireworks haven’t exactly been coming from either team’s offense in this Bay Bridge Series, but instead from their pitching staffs; and today likely will be no different.
Tim Lincecum and Brett Anderson will have it out for the second pitcher’s duel of the series in as many games, forcing skipper Bruce Bochy to make a slight adjustment to his lineup. Pat Burrell will get his first start in the last 3 games, putting Nate Schierholtz back on the bench, at least for a few innings.
The usual late inning defensive replacement hasn’t been dominating at the plate, but certainly has in right field, making the game winning catch in L.A. on Thursday and gunning out a runner at second yesterday. Both Burrell and Schierholtz have only had 2 carrer at bats against Anderson, with Burrell 1-2 with a double. Schierholtz is 2-2 with a home run and 3 RBI, but Bochy wanted to go with the veteran anyway.
Personally I would have gone with Nate today, especially since he’s been so hot with the leather as of late. But Bochy’s lineup hunches rarely are wrong, so I’m not going to argue.
Your San Francisco Giants:
The Oakland Athletics offense faces one of their toughest challenges of the season on Saturday as they battle San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum. Although Lincecum has a record of 3-4, he is pitching much better than any win/loss record would show. The A’s best chance to get him out of the game and get into the Giants bullpen is to run up the pitch count. The Rockies defeated him that way as they had him out of the game in the middle of the sixth inning. Lincecum had thrown 22 innings without giving up a run before the Rockies worked him into a jam.
The A’s have made a couple of adjustments in their lineup for Saturday’s contest. They’ve replaced Dave DeJesus and Josh Willingham in the lineup with Ryan Sweeney and Conor Jackson. Additionally, Landon Powell will start in place of Kurt Suzuki. Sweeney and Jackson have been two of the A’s better hitters this season, although both have struggled at times to get consistent playing time. In 31 games, Jackson has a line of .270/.353/.371. In 29 games, Sweeney has a line of .317/.414/.400. While those lines aren’t spectacular, they represent a sizable improvement over what the A’s normal lineup has done to date.
As the Bay Bridge Series continues on, the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s are going to have to try and top the exciting performance of last night in game two this afternoon. Today’s meeting between Tim Lincecum and Brett Anderson should prove to be another pitcher’s duel as the A’s try and even up the series at one game apiece.
Anderson (2-3 3.30 ERA) hasn’t won a game since April 24 against the Mariners, and got a no decision for his six and 2/3 innings of work against the Angels in his last outing. Brett has only pitched at AT&T Park once before where he got lit up for six earned runs in four innings of work, leading to a dismal 13.50 ERA at the home of the Giants. Hopefully he will fare better today.
As for Lincecum (3-4 2.36 ERA), he has had nothing but success against Oakland is his career, sporting a 4-0 record with a 1.45 ERA in those games. He will be looking to bounce back from giving up seven runs against the Rockies in his last outing, trying the most allowed ever in his career. The comfy confines of AT&T Park usually suit the two time Cy Young Award winner, especially in a game with this kind of magnitutde.
The people of the Bay Area love to watch these teams duke it out, especially when they are so evenly matched. Both Bruce Bochy and Bob Geren understand the importance of these games to the fans:
It’s exciting for us because the fans get into it. It’s exciting for them because we’re facing a good club with outstanding pitching, a similar type of club. It should be a good series. We’re glad to be home.
“It’s exciting for the Bay Area. I think it’s good for baseball, having two teams with history of a rivalry play each other. Obviously, the Giants are the defending world champions, so that brings an extra flair to a three-game series for sure.”
First pitch is set for 4:10 PT this afternoon with coverage on the Fox Network, KNBR 680 AM, and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.
The opener of the 2011 Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s came just as advertised, a straight up pitcher’s duel between veteran Ryan Vogelsong and the dominant Trevor Cahill. These evenly matched squads took their fight into extra innings where Aubrey Huff hit a walk off single to solidify the 2-1 win for the Giants at AT&T Park.
Vogelsong continued his streak as the Giants good luck charm, giving them six innings pitched, allowing four hits, one unearned run, two walks, and five strikeouts. He also extended his scoreless innings streak to 18. Javy Lopez (W 2-0) was slated with the win with his perfect tenth inning of work, but Vogelsong made it the five wins in his five starts for the G-Men this season.
On the other side of the bill was Trevor Cahill, who was just as effective as Vogelsong if not more. He also went for six innings, allowing only one hit, one earned run, two walks, and six strikeouts. Cahill would have stayed in longer except A’s Skipper Bob Geren decided to bring in a pinch hitter in the seventh, but wound up stranding Mark Ellis at third. Brian Fuentes (L 1-5) was tabbed for his fifth loss of the season for his work in the tenth.
Aside from Huff’s game winner, both teams plated their runs off of situational hitting. Freddy Sanchez grounded out in the first, scoring Andres Torres. Trevor Cahill grounded into a bases loaded double play in the fifth, scoring Mark Ellis. Needless to say, the lagging offenses in the Bay were on full display this evening.
Ellis made A’s history tonight after getting his 1,000th hit of his career, only the 12th player in A’s history to accomplish that feat. Ellis also was the only player to have more than one hit for the game for either team finishing 2-3 with a double and a walk.
Full box score can be found here.
The Bay Bridge Series continues tomorrow afternoon as the A’s Brett Anderson (2-3 3.30 ERA) is set to square off with Giants ace Tim Lincecum (3-4 2.36 ERA). First pitch is set for 4:10 PT tomorrow with coverage on the Fox network, KNBR 680 AM, and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.
After saving last night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a spectacular sliding catch, Nate Schierholtz will get his second start in a row in right field tonight against the Oakland A’s. With Nate in right and Cody Ross in left, that leaves veterans Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand on the bench. Nate brings a lot of value with his glove, athleticism, and left handed at bats to a club that desperately needs al three, and skipper Bruce Bochy is going with the hot hands as of late. There’s none hotter after that catch by Schierholtz last night.
This will be the first time Boch uses the same lineup in back-to-back games in a while, maybe all season.
Your San Francisco Giants:
First pitch is set for 7:15 PT this evening. Coverage can be found on NBC Bay Area and CSN California on the tube and KNBR 680 AM and Sports Radio 95.7 FM on the radio dial.
The Oakland Athletics head into AT&T Park Friday night to open their first interleague series of the 2011 season against the San Francisco Giants. One of the highlights (or lowlights depending on who you ask) is seeing American League pitchers attempt to swing the bat in National League ballparks. If a man is on base and there is less than two outs, odds are high that you’ll see a bunt.
Tonight, the A’s send out ace Trevor Cahill to face the Giants and he’ll get a few chances to stand in and face Ryan Vogelsong. The A’s have decided to sit Hideki Matsui to start this interleague series. A’s manager Bob Geren has indicated it is unlikely Matsui will play in the outfield this weekend. He will be available in pinch hit duty if needed late in the games.
Otherwise the A’s lineup does not see any significant changes as they look to find some level of consistency. They’ll be facing a very strong Giants pitching staff, which could mean a lot of scratching and clawing for runs. The A’s may play in the American League, but NL style bunting and hit-and-runs might be the only way they can get some runs against the Giants.
Until recently the Oakland Athletics had done a good job keeping their players healthy. However, starting with the shoulder injury to Dallas Braden, the injury concerns have quickly reverted back to the norm of the past few seasons. Earlier today the A’s placed starting pitchers Tyson Ross and Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list. Ross injured his left oblique on Thursday, while McCarthy has had a stress reaction in his right shoulder. The A’s also demoted relief pitcher Trystan Magnuson to AAA after he gave up six runs in two innings against the Twins on Thursday.
To replace those three pitchers, the A’s recalled Jerry Blevins, Joey Devine and Fautino De Los Santos from AAA-Sacramento. Blevins had spent the early part of the season in Oakland but was demoted after struggling with control issues. He has struggled a bit at Sacramento, but the A’s need arms after running through much of their bullpen on Thursday.
Devine has pitched quite well in Sacramento this year while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. The A’s have a solid bullpen so they won’t necessarily need back-to-back performances from him for now. In 2011 he’s made 11 appearances for Sacramento, throwing 12 1/3 innings and giving up no runs in that time. Throw in a 17 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio and he will be an intriguing presence in the A’s bullpen.
However, the most interesting addition was the promotion of Fautino De Los Santos who the A’s acquired from the White Sox in the 2008 Nick Swisher trade. De Los Santos was originally brought over as a starter but was moved to the bullpen at the beginning of 2010. In 13 appearances this year between Midland and Sacramento, De Los Santos has an ERA of 1.76 in 15 1/3 innings with a K/BB ratio of 21/8.
This infusion of arms gives the A’s bullpen a bit of a respite. Blevins last pitched on Tuesday, while Devine and De Los Santos last pitched on Monday. However, with Trevor Cahill starting Friday night against the Giants, the A’s are hoping for a limited bullpen need.
When it comes to pitching matchups, it doesn’t get much better than the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. Both of these teams are stocked with young cannons that have been dominating opposing hitters the last few years, but this year in particular, Trevor Cahill has been outstanding.
Cahill (6-1 1.82 ERA) currently is tied for the lead in all of baseball with six wins, and is fifth in ERA at 1.82. He gave up his first loss in his last start to the Chicago White Sox as they roughed him up for 10 hits in seven innings of work, but they still plated only two runs off of all those hits. Cahill has nasty stuff, and the days he doesn’t, he still manages to pitch an excellent game.
For the Giants they will send out veteran Ryan Vogelsong (3-0 2.36 ERA) who’s feel-good story and excellent results so far this year have quickly made a place for him in the hearts of Giants fans. If it wasn’t for a rain out in Chicago a few days ago, it would have been Lincecum pitching today. But as it is I’m sure Vogelsong can hold his own against anyone he’s up against right now. He has a 21/8 K/BB ratio and the Giants are 4-0 in games that he’s stared.
First pitch is set for 7:15 PT this evening. Coverage can be found all over the Bay Area: CSN California as well as NBC Bay Area on TV and KNBR 680 AM and Sports Radio 95.7 FM on the radio dial.
The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants square off in the latest iteration of the Bay Bridge Series. Each year the two teams square off six times, with each team hosting three of them. The interleague series dates back to 1997, although the A’s do hold the ultimate bragging rights thanks to their World Series sweep back in 1989.
Over the past 14 years of interleague play, Oakland leads the series 42-38. The series was split down the middle through 2004, before the A’s took four of six and five of six in 2005 and 2007. The Giants bounced back in 2009 taking five of six before the two teams split the series last year.
The A’s-Giants rivalry actually dates back well before the current Bay Bridge incarnation. Before moving to San Francisco and Oakland (and Kansas City as well for the A’s), the New York Giants and Philadelphia Athletics squared off in three World Series battles between 1905 and 1913 featuring some fairly amazing players.
In 1905, New York defeated Philadelphia in the second ever World Series, taking four out five games. Christy Mathewson dominated the series, winning three games and throwing complete game shutouts in all three victories. It is a feat that likely will never be matched again.
In 1911, Philadelphia defeated New York 4-2 in a series that developed the nickname for A’s slugger Frank “Home Run” Baker. In two pivotal moments, Baker hit a game-winning home run off Rube Marquard in Game 2 and a game-tying shot off Christy Mathewson in the ninth inning of Game 3.
In 1913, Philadelphia once again defeated New York, this time by a margin of four games to one. This series once again featured battles between Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender and Eddie Plank. The Giants had won their third straight National League pennant but were unable to convert any of those three into World Series titles.
The Oakland Athletics head into their weekend interleague series with the San Francisco Giants now sitting one game back of first place in the American League West. The A's enjoyed a day in first place on Wednesday when they sat tied with the Texas Rangers. However, a pair of losses to Minnesota dropped Oakland back into second place. They've benefitted from the Los Angeles Angels recent free-fall as the Angels have dropped five straight and eight of their last ten. Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners find themselves quietly hanging around an AL West division in which nobody is ready to run away with anything quite yet.
As the division and wildcard standings show, it's probably unlikely that the wildcard will be coming from the AL West. There is still a whole lot of baseball left to be played, but given AL West performances in recent years, one team will be coming from the West and the battle will rage into September.
As we make our way through the end of May, Memorial Day is the first big marker of the season. Normally if a team is 20 games over .500 at that point, they generally are in excellent shape to make the playoffs. The closest team to that "magic number" would be the 26-15 Cleveland Indians. However, the Indians have gone .500 in May while gaining a half game in their overall division lead. Several teams find themselves with solid single digit division leads as we enter the summer. Some of these division leads will explode into double digits, but I think we'll see a lot of tight division battles down the stretch.
|New York||23||19||.547||0||Won 3|
|Kansas City||21||22||.488||2.5||Won 1|
|Los Angeles||22||23||.488||2.5||Lost 5|
(updated 5.20.2011 at 11:52 AM PDT)
The NL West always seems to be a topsy-turvy battle that takes until the last few days of the season to decide a winner. Well, this year is shaping up to do the same, only as of now, it's just a two team race.
The San Francisco Giants are winners of their last two against the Dodgers, putting them at 24-19 for the year and half a game above the Colorado Rockies at 23-19. The Rox have spilt their last two games in Philadelphia, but can easy take the top spot back basically on a day-to-day basis. With these teams so close, possession of first place will be back and forth like a ping pong ball.
At 20-23 the Diamondbacks are four games back of the G-Men, while the Dodgers sit a game behind them at 20-25. The Padres are bringing up the rear at 19-25, five and a half games back, but like the rest of the NL West can put on a run at any time. The Giants once again aren't in the Wild Card as of now, but have one more loss that the Marlins (24-18) and would be half a game behind them.
|New York||21||22||.488||3.5||Won 2|
|Los Angeles||20||25||.444||5.5||Lost 2|
|San Diego||19||25||.431||6||Won 1|
(updated 5.20.2011 at 11:10 AM PDT)
It's that time of year again folks. It's interleague play in MLB. And with that comes the return of the Bay Bridge series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's. This year should prove to be a great matchup between these teams, highlighting their excellent pitching staffs on both sides of the bay, while finding both teams hovering around the tops of their respective divisions.
The A's have a slight advantage in the series with a 42-38 record in interleague play against the Giants, but both teams recorded three game sweeps on their own turf last year. The Giants drew home field in the first series between these teams this season as San Francisco has won 10 of their last 14 meetings with the A's since 2008, but with each of these pitching staffs it literally is anyone's game.
Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, and Gio Gonzalez will square off with Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, and Jonathan Sanchez during this series, not exactly a group of lightweights in the pitching department. The A's currently have the lowest team ERA in baseball at 2.86 and have a league leading 30 quality starts from their pitchers. The Giants are fourth in ERA at 3.32, 26 quality starts, and have the second lowest batting average against them at .227. Saying there might be a pitchers duel could be a ridiculous understatement this weekend.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:05 PT
Brett Anderson (2-3 3.30 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (3-4 2.36 ERA)
Gio Gonzalez (5-2 2.31 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (3.3 3.71 ERA)
FRI: Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.
SAT: Partly cloudly. WInds blowing to center field at 15-30 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 58.
SUN: Partly cloudy. Winds blowing to center field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 57.
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