2011 Bay Bridge Series: A's Sweep Giants In Oakland For Second Straight Season

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's are set to begin the second half of their 2011 Bay Bridge series. The Giants are in first in the NL West, while the A's are in last in the AL West. We'll be here with news, previews, and recaps all weekend long at the O.Co Coliseum. For more discussion and analysis of the A's and the Giants head over to Athletics Nation and/or McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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2011 Bay Bridge Series: Are the Oakland A's 'Back' Or Was It Right Opponent, Right Time?

The Oakland Athletics wrapped up their strongest run of the season with a sweep of the San Francisco Giants in the second half of the 2011 Bay Bridge Series. Over the past week the A’s have won a season high five straight games including the sweep of the Giants and a pair of wins over the Kansas City Royals. The five straight wins have allowed the A’s to regain three games in the standings as we approach the final ten days of June.

The A’s will be heading off on a six game road trip to face the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies and are hoping they’ve rediscovered the play that had them in first place at one point in May. The question is how much five straight wins over the Royals and Giants can count in terms of finding their groove. Nobody will turn down five straight wins, but in terms of the bigger picture, the wins came against two teams that are flawed in ways that helped the A’s.

The Royals are struggling mightily after a hot start as they have dropped into last place in the AL Central. The Giants remain in first place in the NL West, but their offense has quickly grown abysmal with the loss of Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez. I’m ecstatic the A’s grabbed the wins, but I also don’t want to get ahead of myself as the team looks to continue this strong run.

This upcoming six game set will tell us a lot about this Oakland A’s team as it currently stands. They’re awaiting pitching reinforcements but in the meantime they need to find ways to win with what they’ve got. If they can at least secure a split of the next six road games, they could find themselves in a more stable position as the All Star break approaches. Road trips are always tough, but the A’s need to find ways to gut out some wins this coming week to prove this current streak has a little more substance to it.

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series: Giants Continue Terrible Play at Oakland Coliseum

Well, the 2011 Bay Bridge series is in the books, and the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s once again have swept each other at their home ballparks. Things were looking up a bit for the G-Men heading into this series with Pablo Sandoval’s return to the lineup and the Giants maintaining their lead in the NL West over Arizona the series before. But the Oakland Coliseum continues to give San Francisco fits offensively, and has for some time now.

The Giants haven’t won in Oakland since 2009, and I went back and looked up the scores from last year at the Coliseum. They scored one total run last year in their sweep at the Big O, getting blanked twice during that series compared to the 10 runs put up by the A’s. They scored five during this series compared to 11 by the A’s, with only six extra base hits and one homer the entire series. Were the A’s pitchers that dominant or was the Giants offense that bad? In a word, yes.

Giants fans shouldn’t hold their head in shame though; the Bay Bridge series isn’t as do-or-die as say Yankees/Red Sox or Cubs/Cardinals. There’s no division title at stake, just some bragging rights. There isn’t a bunch of bad blood or smack talk either, Bay Area fans seem to respect each other’s clubs enough not to get blinded with rage by a loss. And both teams own three wins against each other this year, leaving a perfect tie and just enough to brag about on both sides.

Now all we need is another Bay Bridge World Series to take the stakes of this rivalry to another level.

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Athletics vs. Giants, Bay Bridge Series: Trevor Cahill Goes Eight, Landon Powell Powers A's To 2-1 Win

The Oakland Athletics wrapped up the interleague series sweep of the San Francisco Giants in the second half of the 2011 Bay Bridge Series. The A's won Sunday's series finale thanks to a return to form for Trevor Cahill and some timely hitting. Although the A's offense still has some issues to work out, timely hitting was the difference this weekend as the A's did just enough to sweep the first place Giants.

Matt Cain and Trevor Cahill gave the fans an old school pitchers' duel as they each gave up a single run on limited damage. The two starters combined for 12 strikeouts and two runs on eights hits and a walk over 15 innings pitched. For the Giants, the performance was a solid bounce-back effort from Cain after his struggles against Arizona. For the A's, it was a big bounce-back for Cahill who had really struggled over the last month. The victory for Cahill was his first win since May 9 as he improved to 7-5.

Neither offense did a whole lot of much on Sunday, but as was the case all weekend, the A's did just enough. The Giants jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an Aaron Rowand RBI double down the left field line. Cain looked like he was going to make the lead hold up as he retired 14 straight at one point. However, the A's got a rally started in the sixth inning by who else but rookie Jemile Weeks. In twelve games with the A's since being called up, Weeks has proven to be a spark for the offense. The heart of the A's order has really struggled this season so they've developed a bit of an NL-style attack with speed and small ball. Today, Weeks hit a double to the gap, advanced to third on a groundout to second, and scored on a single by Coco Crisp to tie the game at 1.

The game looked like it might develop into a battle of the bullpens as neither side could break through again against either starter. Cain threw seven strong innings and Cahill went eight with a career-high 118 pitches. However, Landon Powell quickly changed that in the bottom of the eighth as he hit a solo home run to left-center off Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt to give the A's a 2-1 lead. Brian Fuentes was brought on to close out the game as Andrew Bailey was unavailable due to three appearances in the previous four games. Fuentes has struggled at times but he got the 1-2-3 ninth to secure the series sweep.

The A's will take their season high five game winning streak on the road for six games at the Mets and Phillies as interleague play continues. The Giants will host the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians for six games of interleague action. Both teams are back in action on Tuesday.

To look back at the second half of the 2011 Bay Bridge Series, make sure and check out our story stream.

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series 2011: Aaron Rowand DH for Second Straight Day

The San Francisco Giants have already lost the second installment of the 2011 Bay Bridge series, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play for some pride. The Giants haven’t won a single game at the Coliseum since June of 2009, but hopefully that streak will be broken this afternoon.

As for the lineup, skipper Bruce Bochy is going with basically the same look as Saturday’s game, save for Eli Whiteside behind the dish and Matt Cain on the mound. Aaron Rowand will get his second straight DH stint at the Coliseum.

In a bit of team news, the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea reported that Giants utility man Mark DeRosa has begun hitting off of a tee, the first real sign that DeRosa might be able to still salvage some season/career. There is no timetable for his return, but hey, it’s a start…

Also, the team has decided not to use Pablo Sandoval as a backup catcher and may look to minor league prospect Hector Sanchez. Sanchez is batting .310 since being called up to triple-A Fresno, and has eight homers and 52 RBI’s so far in the minors this season. I think the Giants need a third Sanchez on the squad….

Your San Francisco Giants:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Aaron Rowand DH
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Eli Whiteside C

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Athletics vs. Giants, Starting Lineup Preview: Jemile Weeks Gets Second Straight Lead-Off Start

The Oakland Athletics wrap up their series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday and will be without Josh Willingham for the second straight game. Willingham aggravated an Achilles injury on Friday and was given the weekend off to recuperate. The A’s have made a couple of interesting changes to accommodate the absence.

For the second straight game, the A’s will go with a 1-2-3 of Jemile Weeks, Cliff Pennington and Coco Crisp. After Saturday’s game, manager Bob Melvin was asked about the change and he explained the reasoning behind it. According to Melvin, when Willingham went down it made sense to move Hideki Matsui into the cleanup role. In order to fill the third spot, Melvin wanted to go to his philosophy of having an every day guy in the spot. Coco Crisp is an every day player, although normally a leadoff hitter. It had to be between Crisp and Jackson, and Crisp was the guy.

Now that Crisp is temporarily out of the starting lineup, Jemile Weeks is taking his hot bat to the top of lineup while Cliff Pennington maintains the two role for which he seems permanently slotted. Daric Barton gets another day off with Conor Jackson playing first base. The big roster decision comes this Wednesday when Mark Ellis is eligible to come off the disabled list. The latest rumor is that the A’s will activate Ellis and send Barton down to the minors. We’ll see how that plays out in a few days.

Oakland Athletics
1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Cliff Pennington SS
3. Coco Crisp CF
4. Hideki Matsui DH
5. Conor Jackson 1B
6. Ryan Sweeney LF
7. David DeJesus RF
8. Adam Rosales 3B
9. Landon Powell C

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series 2011: A's Turn to Trevor Cahill for Series Sweep

The Oakland A’s certainly have gotten some retribution from their last meeting with San Francisco Giants, looking to return the favor of a sweep in the Bay Bridge series. But with Trevor Cahil’s struggles as of late, no one really knows just what sort of outing he might have. But something tells me that he will be getting up for this meeting with Matt Cain and the A’s cross-town rivals at the Coliseum.

Cahill (6-5 3.42 ERA) is winless in his past seven outings, including throwing a career-high seven walks against Kansas City on Tuesday. An All-Star in 2010, Trevor didn’t have a strikeout while yielding four runs in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday; He’s also allowed 15 runs in his past five starts, something the A’s ace has never done.

Then there’s Matt Cain (6-4 3.61 ERA) who is currently riding a three game win streak, including a 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on where Cain gave up five runs and struck out four, but still pitched well enough to get a victory. Cain did not pitch in the first Bay Bridge Series, but is 2-2 with a 1.45 ERA against Oakland in his last four starts against them.

The Giants are 41-44 all time in the Bay Bridge series now, and haven’t won a game at the Coliseum since June 24, 2009. Conversely, the A’s haven’t won at AT&T since 2008, so I’d say the home team has some advantages here. Maybe the cycle can be broken this afternoon…

Coverage begins at 1:05 PT on CSN Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM, and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.

We’ll be here all weekend long following the 2011 Bay Bridge Series. For more on the Giants and the A’s, head over to McCovey Chronicles and Athletics Nation to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series 2011: A's Top Giants 4-2, Win Series

As the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s began their second meeting of the Bay Bridge Series at the Oakland Coliseum, it was starting to look like a pitcher’s duel. But then came the fifth inning where the A’s took control, scoring all their runs for a 4-2 victory clenching the series.

Jonathan Sanchez (L 4-5) was cruising until the fifth inning rolled around, allowing all of the A’s four runs on four hits, including doubles by Chad Pennington and Daric Barton. Sanchez finished his night after that with 91 pitches in four and 2/3 innings of work along with three walks and three strikeouts.

Guillermo Moscoso also pitched four and 2/3 innings, allowing no earned runs and only three hits, along with three walks and one strikeout. But it was Brad Ziegler (W 2-0) getting the win for the A’s tonight with his relief appearance in the fifth, clinching the second installment of the Bay Bridge series of 2011.

Hideki Matsui and Nate Schierholtz were the only players for either team to have more than one hit, both finishing the night 2-4.

Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will send out Matt Cain (6-4 3.61 ERA) to close the series Sunday along with Trevor Cahill for the A’s (6-5 3.42 ERA). Coverage begins at 1:05 PT on CSN Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM, and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series 2011: Giants Looking to Bounce Back at the Coliseum

The second installment of the Bay Bridge series resumes this evening with the Oakland A’s taking the early advantage at the Big O. The San Francisco Giants are the models of resiliency though as Saturday night should have some excitement at the ballpark.

The Giants will go with Manny Burriss at second base today, while Nate Schierholtz will get a second straight start in right field. Aaron Rowand will DH batting seventh as Aubrey Huff will be back at first batting clean up. Pablo Sandoval moves back to third, Brandon Crawford will be at short.

As for the Athletics, they’ll have Jemile Weeks leading off playing second base with Hideki Matsui as the DH once again. Josh Willingham will sit as Adam Rosales will get the start in left field, and Daric Barton will get the start at first base, batting ninth.

San Francisco Giants Lineup:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Manny Burriss 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
4. Aubrey Huff 1B
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Aaron Rowand DH
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Chris Stewart C

Oakland A’s Lineup:

1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Cliff Pennington SS
3. Coco Crisp CF
4. Hideki Matsui DH
5. Conor Jackson RF
6. Kurt Suzuki C
7. Scott Sizemore 3B
8. Adam Rosales LF
9. Daric Barton 1B

We’ll be here all weekend long following the 2011 Bay Bridge Series. For more on the Giants and the A’s, head over to McCovey Chronicles and Athletics Nation to get in on the action.

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Athletics vs. Giants, Bay Bridge Series 2011: Jonathan Sanchez, Guillermo Moscoso Meet In Middle Game

The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants square off in the middle game of their AL-based Bay Bridge Series matchup. The A’s won the series opener 5-2 behind a strong pitching performance from Graham Godfrey and another off night from Giants starter Tim Lincecum. The Giants will look to bounce back on Saturday as they face A’s starter Guillermo Moscoso for the first time.

The A’s batters have faced Jonathan Sanchez in the past, with Conor Jackson finding the most success against Sachez. In 25 total plate appearances, Jackson is 10-for-21 (.476) with two home runs and five RBIs. Jackson will most likely be in the lineup tonight even if Daric Barton gets another start. Josh Willingham left Friday’s game after aggravating his Achilles injury and is expected to sit out the rest of the series. Ryan Sweeney might get some ABs along the way, but it won’t happen frequently against lefties.

The Giants themselves will look to get something going in their first game against Moscoso. The Giants bats can come and go much like the A’s and facing a pitcher for the first time can often be troublesome. While Moscoso has not been dominant in his four starts for the A’s, he’s had two very solid starts and two starts that weren’t awful, but weren’t particularly good. In his last start against the White Sox, Moscoso gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings. The prior start he gave up two runs on five hits and one walk over five innings.

The A’s were able to save their bullpen last night as Graham Godfrey went seven innings. If the A’s get an early lead on Saturday, I wouldn’t be surprised if the team was a little more aggressive in going to their bullpen early.

First pitch is at 7:05pm in Oakland with the game being broadcast on NBC and CSN California.

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Athletics vs. Giants, Bay Bridge Series Results: Graham Godfrey Earns First Win As A's Win 5-2

The Oakland Athletics took the first game of this weekend's Bay Bridge Series, dropping the Giants 5-2 on Friday night. Starter Graham Godfrey earned his first career win and Andrew Bailey earned his third save as the A's won their third straight game. The A's received rare timely hitting throughout the lineup, gaining two key insurance runs in the eighth to set up an easy ninth inning for Bailey.

The victory followed the formula the A's were planning to follow entering the season. The only difference was the players involved. Graham Godfrey went seven innings, holding the Giants to two runs on six hits. Conor Jackson and Josh Willingham got big hits to give the A's their leads, but it was recent additions Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks who added the key insurance runs in the eighth.

The one constant from day one was the dominant bullpen. The A's won't get seven innings from their starter every night, but when they do get seven innings and a lead, they expect the bullpen to lock it up. Friday night saw Grant Balfour and Andrew Bailey each pitch 1-2-3 innings to slam the door on the Giants.

The victory gives the A's their first three game winning streak since they won four straight in late May. The A's lost 13 of 14 following that and subsequently made numerous changes, adding a new manager and several new bats to the lineup. Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore do not bring the big bombing bats, but they do spring speed, energy and timely hitting to a lineup that was devoid of all that. In 17 combined games, Weeks and Sizemore are hitting a combined .375 (21-for-56). It's a small sample size, but for now the A's will take the positives.

The teams meet Saturday night in game two of the series at 7:05pm. Jonathan Sanchez will face Guillermo Moscoso with the Giants broadcast available on NBC and the A's broadcast available on CSN California.

We'll be here all weekend long following the 2011 Bay Bridge Series. For more on the Giants and the A's, head over to McCovey Chronicles and Athletics Nation to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series: Starting Lineups for Friday Night

With the Bay Bridge series only hours away now, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s fans get ready to step up their smack talk game. The Giants currently own the bragging rights, but the A’s could steal it back and in a hurry at the Big O, starting tonight.

The Giants are going with a bit of a different lineup this evening (what’s new) with Pablo Sandoval getting his first start at first base of the season. Aubrey Huff will get the night off from glove work but will bat fourth as the DH. Bill Hall will get his second start as a Giant batting second, while Miguel Tejada will move back to third giving Brandon Crawford the start at shortstop.

As for the A’s Hideki Matsui will DH once again, putting Josh Willingham in left field. Conor Jackson will be at first, Scott Sizemore at third, and the A’s newly added spark plug Jemile Weeks will be at second batting ninth.

San Francisco Giants lineup:

1. Andres Torres CF
2. Bill Hall 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval 1B
4. Aubrey Huff DH
5. Cody Ross LF
6. Nate Schierholtz RF
7. Miguel Tejada 3B
8. Brandon Crawford SS
9. Chris Stewart C

Oakland A’s Lineup:

1. Coco Crisp CF
2. Cliff Pennington SS
3. Hideki Matsui DH
4. Josh Willingham LF
5. Conor Jackson 1B
6. David DeJesus RF
7. Kurt Suzuki C
8. Scott Sizemore 3B
9. Jemile Weeks 2B

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.

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Giants vs. Athletics, Bay Bridge Series: Rivalry Renewed at the Oakland Coliseum

It’s that time again folks; it’s time for another installment of the Bay Bridge series. The San Francisco Giants got the best of the Oakland Athletics during their last meeting in end of May at AT&T, but the A’s will be looking to return the favor at the Coliseum starting Friday night.

The A’s will start the series with the young righty Graham Godfrey (0-0 10.38 ERA), making only his second start in the Green & Yellow. He gave up five runs in four and 1/3 innings in his first start against the White Sox June 10, and will have quite the opposition this evening in two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (5-5 3.41 ERA).

It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Lincecum lately though. In his past three starts Timmy is sporting a 9.39 ERA while allowing 15 runs in 15 1/3 innings. Batters are also hitting .349 off him during that span, but if history tells us anything, it’s that Timmy loves to face the A’s. In six career starts he is 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA against Oakland, something Bob Melvin and his squad will look to change.

Oakland was really struggling for the last few weeks, going 1-13 and in desperate need of some offense. But a visit from the Royals in their last series may have been the start of their turnaround, putting up 8 runs against them Thursday. The Giants haven’t exactly been smacking the leather off the ball either, but have still found a way to win and stay atop the NL West.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.

We'll be here all weekend long following the 2011 Bay Bridge Series. For more on the Giants and the A’s, head over to McCovey Chronicles and Athletics Nation to get in on the action.

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MLB Standings Update: Giants Hold on to First Place After Arizona Series

With June in full swing and the All-Star break coming up fast, the NL West continues to look like a two team race between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants have been seriously besieged by injury but have still managed to find ways to win, most of the time via their exceptional bullpen, or something short of an act of God. But let's take a closer look at the standings and see where this division in heading. 

The Giants fell in extras to the D'backs on Thursday, leaving them with only a 1.5 game lead instead of a possible 3.5 game lead. The Rockies remain in third place looking to make a charge, 5.5 games behind the Giants but winners of their last two. The Dodgers continue to struggle after losing their last three games, dropping 8.5 games back and eight games under .500 at 31-39. And unlike the magical 2010 Padres, the 2011 Padres 'are who we thought they were' as Denny Green would say, a full ten games under .500 and 9.5 games back of the Giants. 

Interleague play could really throw a wrench in the works of the NL West with the Rockies taking on the Tigers, Diamondbacks taking on the White Sox, Dodgers taking on the Astros, Padres taking on the Twins, and of course, Giants taking on the A's.  Should be a great weekend of baseball. Can't wait!

 


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 39 30 .565 0 Lost 1
Arizona 38 32 .542 1.5 Won 1
Colorado 33 35 .485 5.5 Won 2
Los Angeles 31 39 .442 8.5 Lost 3
San Diego 30 40 .428 9.5 Lost 2

(updated 6.17.2011 at 10:33 AM PDT)



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MLB Standings Update 2011: A's Creep Back In AL West

After dropping 13 of 14 games the Oakland Athletics found themselves eight games back of first place in the AL West. The only reason they weren't further back was the fact that the Texas Rangers were not exactly blowing up at the top of the standings. However, Oakland's recent series victory over the Kansas City Royals came at an opportune time as the Rangers are in the midst of a five game losing streak. After entering the week eight games back of first, the A's have quickly moved to six games back heading into their weekend Bay Bridge Series with the San Francisco Giants.

The Rangers struggles have allowed the entire AL West to climb closer to the top. The Mariners have climbed to within 1/2 game of the Rangers in spite of losing two of three to the Angels. The Rangers were swept by the Yankees and thus the Mariners picked up a game. The Angels picked up a game and a half with their series victory over the Mariners and now trail Texas by three games.


AL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Texas 36 34 .514 0 Lost 5
Seattle 35 34 .507 0.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 33 37 .471 3 Lost 1
Oakland 30 40 .428 6 Won 2

(updated 6.17.2011 at 10:35 AM PDT)



American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 39 28 .582 0 Won 3
Cleveland 36 31 .537 3 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 36 33 .521 4 Lost 2
Seattle 35 34 .507 5 Won 1
Toronto 34 35 .492 6 Lost 1
Los Angeles 33 37 .471 7.5 Lost 1
Chicago 33 37 .471 7.5 Lost 2
Baltimore 31 35 .469 7.5 Won 1
Kansas City 30 39 .434 10 Lost 2
Oakland 30 40 .428 10.5 Won 2
Minnesota 28 39 .417 11 Won 4

(updated 6.17.2011 at 10:35 AM PDT)



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Athletics vs. Giants, Bay Bridge Series: Oakland Looks To Avenge Interleague Sweep

The Oakland Athletics host the San Francisco Giants in the return series of their 2011 six-game interleague schedule. The Giants swept the A's at AT&T Park in the first half of the annual Bay Bridge Series, winning two of the games in extra innings. Since that series wrapped up, the Giants have hung around in spite of an ugly spat of injuries to remain in first place in the NL West. On the other side of the Bay, the A's have fallen apart, losing 13 of 14 games at one point and now sitting in last place in the AL West.

Since their last interleague series, the Giants have lost Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez to season-ending injuries and seen Brandon Belt and Darren Ford both go down with more short term injuries. Tim Lincecum has also struggled since the A's series after seeing his starting catcher go down. Lincecum and Bochy blame it on some basic pitch location issues, but one has to wonder if losing Posey has affected him. The good news for the Giants is that Pablo Sandoval is back off the disabled list and Ryan Vogelsong has been fairly dominant in replacing the injured Barry Zito.

Since being swept by the Giants, the A's have fired Bob Geren, seen more of their pitching staff get injured, and generally fallen into series disrepair. The team finally got back into the swing of things with a series victory over the Kansas City Royals this past weekend, but have plenty of work to do to right the ship. The most successful move they've made in the last two weeks was promoting Jemile Weeks from AAA when Mark Ellis injured his hamstring. In nine games, Weeks has a line of .344/.364/.594 and is providing a spark in the ninth spot. Throw in the strong performance of Scott Sizemore at third base since coming over via trade and the A's might have something going for the first time since early May.

The best pitching matchup this weekend will probably be Sunday when Trevor Cahill meets Matt Cain. Of course, Cahill finds himself in a bit of a tailspin, so we'll see if he can bounce back against Cain. The A's scored five runs in three games against the Giants and even those were tough to come by. Both teams have struggled to score runs this season so we could once again see some close, low-scoring ball games.


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San Francisco Giants
@ Oakland Athletics

Friday, Jun 17, 2011, 7:05 PM PDT
Overstock.com Coliseum

Tim Lincecum vs Graham Godfrey

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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