By Kahlil Najar
SAN FRANCISCO – Tonight just wasn’t the A’s night. Oakland pitchers gave up 17 hits over 8 innings and lost to the San Francisco Giants 9-3.
Jesse Chavez (5-10) went a season-low three innings as he gave up four runs on eight hits, walked a pair and struck out one. Prior to tonight’s game Chavez was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA against San Francisco on five career appearances.
“They put great at-bats together,” Chavez said. “They didn’t give in, they didn’t chase down, they didn’t expand the zone. You have to tip your hat to them on that point.”
The Giants worked through a total of six Oakland pitchers tonight including tagging Fernando Rodriguez, Eric O’Flaherty and Edward Mujica for 5 runs combined. San Francisco’s bats were so on fire tonight that through 8 innings A’s pitchers threw 174 pitches total.
The Giants Hunter Pence had a spectacular game as he went 4 for 5 including a pair of doubles, two RBI and six total bags.
Offensively for the A’s Billy Butler went 3 for 4 with each hit counting for a single. Excluding the pitchers each Oakland player tonight had a hit except for Stephen Vogt and Billy Burns.
Burns left after the third inning with a testicular contusion which happened because of an errant foul ball that hit the ground and smacked him in the groin. It took him several minutes to recover and finish the at-bat however after the at-bat he was pulled form the game and is probably for tomorrows rubber match against San Francisco.
“That pain was pretty terrible,” said Burns. He complained of discomfort in his stomach and feeling a bit nauseous.
The A’s send RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.93) to the mound on Saturday to face the dangerous LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-5, 3.27).
A’s Recall RHP Angel Castro from Nashville; Option RHP Arnold Leon
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s recalled right-handed pitcher Angel Castro from Triple-A Nashville and optioned right-handed pitcher Arnold Leon to Nashville, the club announced today.
Castro joins the A’s for the second time this year as he was 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and .462 opponents batting average in four games during his first stint from May 8 to 25 when he made his Major League debut. He went 2-1 with a save and a 3.40 ERA and .242 opponents batting average in 21 games, including two starts, with Nashville. The 32-yearold right-hander logged a 3.09 ERA in 15 games following his May 26 option and allowed just one home run in 23.1 innings over that stretch.
Leon was recalled yesterday for his fourth stint with Oakland this year and tossed 3.1 innings against Toronto, allowing a run on three hits. He is 0-0 with a 3.72 ERA and .300 opponents batting average in seven relief appearances overall with the A’s. The 26-year-old right-hander is also 1-4 with a save and a 3.42 ERA in 15 games, including six starts, with Nashville.