Oakland, CA – In front of their first sellout crowd of the season, the A’s bats stayed quiet. After taking the Bay Bridge series before the All-Star break, Oakland struggled finding the hits needed against Dereck Rodriguez who pitched a solid game backed by two home runs from Pablo Sandoval and Ryder Jones.
The Giants 5-1 victory over the A’s came behind the long ball which is rare but what a start for the Bay Bridge series. Oakland known for usually making a comeback late in games, couldn’t add on to their only run of the that came in the second frame. The A’s lead the majors in runs scored in the eighth and ninth innings but failed to so tonight.
“There were times where we had chances to put a little more pressure on them, just didn’t do it tonight,” Oakland’s manager Bob Melvin said.
The A’s took a 1-0 lead when Khris Davis led off with a double to start the second. Mark Canha drove him in with a sacrifice fly. But that lead didn’t last long. Andrew McCutchen who made a few sliding catches in right field, doubled and drove in a run.
San Francisco tied the game 1-1 in the fourth after Buster Posey’s RBI single. Then Jones who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, recorded his first home run in the fifth and made it a 2-1 game.
Two innings later, Sandoval went yard with his ninth home run of the season extending the Giants lead 3-1. He knocked out Edwin Jackson who lasted 6 1/3 frames allowing four hits, three runs, two home runs and struck out six. It wasn’t his best night, he falls to 1-2 with an ERA of 2.93 through five starts.
“If we score some runs, we’re talking about how good of a game he pitched,” said Melvin said. “He made two mistakes, but has pitched really well every time out. We just haven’t scored him some runs recently.”
An impressive night by Rodriguez held Oakland to just one run on three hits, and no walks. The rookie star continues to impress for the seventh time in eight starts. By the eighth, the Giants broke open their bats and scored two runs. Back-to-back singles came from both Gorkys Hernandez and Steven Duggar.
While the A’s unloaded their bullpen San Francisco kept pace, McCutchen drove in Hernandez with a sacrifice fly and Brandon Crawford’s RBI single extended their lead 5-1. Oakland had an opportunity in the eighth but left runners stranded.
Marcus Semien doubled to left field, then advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. Jed Lowrie walked putting two batters on with two outs. But Mark Melancon forced Davis to line out to right field to end the threat.
Tomorrow Trevor Cahill will take the mound against Madison Bumgarner. Another rematch in the Bay Bay Bridge series is set for Saturday night. Arrive early as the A’s expect another sellout crowd.