Oakland A’s Tuesday game wrap: The Giants score early and often, crush the A’s 10-4

August 1, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence, right, is greeted by Buster Posey after hitting a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Michael Brady during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The San Francisco Giants snapped a four-game losing streak as the downed the A’s by a score of 10-4. The A’s starter, Sean Manaea, just didn’t have it as he gave up six runs and nine hits in just three innings of work. The A’s manager Bob Melvin removed Manaea after the third inning. Michael Brady pitched the last six innings of the game, and he was roughed up for four runs and five hits. The Giants’ Jeff Samardzija, a former Oakland Athletic, won his sixth game of the year. He pitched eight innings and four runs, one of which was unearned, and allowed just six hits. He walked two and struck out five. His record is now 6-11 for the year and Manaea’s drops to 8-6. The game summary follows below.

The Giants jumped all over Sean Manaea in the first inning. The Giants scored five runs ( only one was earned) on five hits and one big error by Yonder Alonso. Gorkys Hernandez led off with a double to left. Kelby Tomlinson followed with a soft single to right field that plated Hernandez. Brandon Belt hit a grounder to first that Alonso usually handles with ease. However, he committed the error, and that opened the floodgates. Buster Posey singled to drive in Tomlinson with the second run. Brandon Crawford hit into a 3-6 fielder’s choice, and Belt scored on the play. The next hitter, Nick Hundley homered with Crawford aboard to give the Giants a 5-0 advantage.

The Giants batted around as they sent ten men to the plate in the inning. The A’s responded by getting on the board in their half of the first. Matt Joyce doubled to right leading off. Joyce, much to the dismay of A’s fans, made a base running blunder. With Marcus Semien at bat, the ball bounced in the dirt and appeared to get by Buster Posey. Posey spotted Joyce on the move and nailed him at third for the first out. Semien singled, and Khris Davis walked to put men on at first and second. Alonso singled to drive in Semien with the A’s first run. The A’s trail 5-1.

The Giants tacked on another run in the second on doubles by Belt and Posey. The A’s got the run back when Samardzija walked Bruce Maxwell. Maxwell went to third when Samardzija made a throwing error on a ball hit by Jaycob Brugman. Joyce hit a sacrifice fly to left. The Giants lead 6-2 after two.

The Giants increased the lead in the fourth. Michael Brady replaced Sean Manaea on the hill for Oakland. The first batter he faced, Brandon Belt, greeted him with a blast into the seats in right field. The A’s, to their credit, tallied two in the bottom of the fifth. Jaycob Brugman led off with a single and scored when Matt Joyce hit his 14th homer of the year. The A’s trail 7-4 heading into the sixth.

The Giants appear to have broken open the game. In the sixth, Kelby Tomlinson led off with a triple to right field. Brady retired Belt for the first out. The A’s gave walked Posey intentionally, but the strategy backfired as Hunter Pence slammed his eighth home run of the season to give the Giants a commanding 10-4 advantage.

Jeff Samardzija did not allow another run, and he left after the eighth inning. Josh Osich pitched the ninth for the Giants. Giants win 10-4.

Game Notes- The Giants’ Kelby Tomlinson, Gorkys Hernandez, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, and Nick Hundley all had key hits in the game. The A’s one bright spot was a two-run dinger off the bat of Matt Joyce. Belt, Hundley, and Pence all homered for the Giants, and it was the first time since June 22nd at Atlanta when the Giants had three homers in a game.

The A’s are finished the five-game homestand with a record of 3-2. The scene shifts to AT&T Park for the next two games between the Bay Area Rivals

There was another big crowd on hand to watch the game. Attendance was announced at 38,891.

The pitchers for Wednesday’s game will be between the A’s Daniel Gossett (2-6, 5.74 ERA) and Matt Moore (3-10, 5.74 ERA). Both pitchers are struggling and should be interesting to see if one or both can have a good game. The game in San Francisco will start at 7:15 pm and since it will be in a National League park there will be no designated hitter.

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