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.