Updated: Aug 17
The San Fransisco Giants pitching staff came into today's series finale against the A's with an ERA of 5.25 (24th in MLB) and today made it worse. Logan Webb was done after 4 1/3 innings and allowed 3 runs off 3 hits with 5 walks and 5 strikeouts each. Brandon Belt launched his 2nd home run of the year with a game-tying shot in the bottom of the 2nd. The other Brandon (Crawford) doubled in the bottom of the 3rd and then scored on a Mike Yastrzemski 1 out single to tie the game at 2-2. Crawford hit his first home run of the year in the bottom of the 7th inning. His homer and Belts double were the clubs only extra-base hit on the day as the team finished with 9 nits. The Brandon's combined went 5-5 with a double, 2 homers, a walk and 3 RBIs on the day. The last time they both homered on April 4th, 2018 against Seattle and today was for the 11th time. San Francisco's bullpen was responsible for 14 hits, 12 runs, and struck out 3 batters with 2 walks over the final 4 2/3 innings. Catcher Tyler Heineman even pitched, a scoreless top of the 9th to preserve their bullpen. Their bullpen allowed 3 homers and have now allowed 21 home runs in 23 straight games The 15 runs the Giants gave up in the most to the A's since 2016, the most in their interleague history is 16 back in 2005. Donovan Solano had his 17-game hit streak snapped going 0-5 with 2 strikeouts, he came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th and grounded out. He hit .439 29-66 during the steak with 1 homer, 15 RBIs, and 9 doubles.
The Oakland A's came out swinging yet again and were determined to get the sweep of their Bay Area rivals. They had the bases loaded to open the top of the 2nd when Khris Davis grounded into a double play to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. Tony Kemp singled with 1 out in the top of the 3rd and then scored on a Matt Chapman double to break the 1-1 tie. Chapman went to 3rd base on a bad throw by center fielder Mauricio Dubon. The A's broke the game wide open in the top of the 5th when Sean Murphy walked and Chad Pinder hit a 2-run home run for his 2nd home run of the season. Matt Chapman and Matt Olson both singled and Mark Canha tripled to score both runners and put the A's lead at 6-2. Oakland wasn't done as Robbie Grossman walked and after Khris Davis popped out, Stephen Piscotty scorched a 3-run dinger to extend their lead to 9-2. Sean Murphy came up again and doubled to center field and then Marcus Semien homered to join the party as the game was out of reach at 11-2. Matt Olson singled to open the top of the 6th and after two quick outs, Khris Davis singled as Piscotty came up again. He doubled both runners in to collect his 4th and 5th RBI
s on the day and now has 17 on the season. Mark Canha singled in the top of the 8th and then scored on a Robbie Grossman ball dove for by Darin Ruff and got by him, Grossman reached by the error and wound up on 3rd base. Khris Davis grounded out to score Grossman and the A's piled on to their 15-2 lead. Matt Olson and Chad Pinder each had 3 hits as three other A's players had 2 apiece, the team finished with 17 on the day including 9 being extra base-hits. Matt Friers finally got a win against the Giants, he went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs off 7 hits with 4 walks and allowed 1 walk. Oakland improved to a league-best 16-6 and are 9-1 in their last 10 games.