The San Francisco Giants' interleague campaign this season has gone less than stellar, owning a 5-7 mark in games against the American League so far this year, but are hoping to turn it around against a surging Oakland Athletics squad who look to hold serve on their home turf in the final installment of the Bay Bridge Series in 2012.
The Black and Orange have lost their last two series, but are still keeping it close in the NL West after the A's dismantled the Dodgers for a three-game sweep in their last series. In fact, Oakland has lost just one game of their last nine, out to keep the O.Co a place of nightmares for San Francisco, who have been swept by the A's in their last two series in Oakland, owning a 17-26 record across the Bay.
Overall the A's own the slight advantage of 46-43 since the birth of interleague in 1997, though Oakland hasn't won a series since 2009.
Friday will pit lefty Jarrod Parker (3-3, 2.82) against the struggling Tim Lincecum (2-8, 6.19). Lincecum has had some success at the O.Co, owning a 1-1 record and 1.80 ERA in his last two starts, maybe those good memories will shock him back to reality. As for Parker, he blanked the Rockies for seven innings in his last start, and is hoping to keep the good times rolling. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on NBC Bay Area and CSN California, as well as 95.7 FM and KNBR 680 AM.
Saturday's matuchup will have Tyson Ross (2-6, 6.11) squaring off against Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 2.92). Ross has been back-and-forth between Sacramento and Oakland this year, and has struggled in the big leagues, including L's in three of his last four starts. Bumgarner has been quite the opposite, getting the W in three of his last four outings, giving up eight earned runs in 29.2 IP over that span. First pitch is at 4:15 with coverage on the FOX Network, 95.7 FM and KNBR 680 AM.
Sunday matinee finale will have arguably the best two pitchers in the Bay at the moment as Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.54) takes on Mr. Perfect, Matt Cain (9-2, 2.34). First pitch is at 1:05 with coverage on CSN Bay Area, CSN California, KNBR 680 AM and 95.7 FM.