Oakland A’s Wednesday game wrap: Daniel Gossett has the best start of his career as the A’s down the Giants 6-1

August 2, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) hitting a tick in the eighth inning, during a MLB game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Valerie Shoaps/CSM (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

by Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO– The scene shifted to San Francisco for game three of the four-game series. Daniel Gossett started for Oakland, and the Giants countered with lefty Matt Moore. Moore was hoping to have a good outing as he entered the game with a record of 3-10 and has had a disappointing season so far this year. Gossett, on the other hand, also had a slow start in his first year with the A’s. He was hoping to improve on his record of 2-6. Gossett had allowed eleven homers in 47 innings of work. Gossett accomplished both goals as he was superb Wednesday night in San Francisco, Gossett went seven innings and allowed just three hits and one run. His effort had to please Bob Melvin as the A’s won 6-1.

The A’s scored twice in the second inning. Ryon Healy led off with a walk. Matt Moore walked Chad Pinder to put men on at first and second with no out. Matt Chapman followed with a booming double to deep center field that hit off the wall. Healy and Pinder held up as they weren’t sure that the ball would be caught. As a result, only Healy scored. Moore then walked Matt Joyce to load the bases. Ryan Lavarnway hit into a double play and Pinder scored on the play. Moore struck out Gossett to end the inning.

In the third inning, with two out, Moore walked Jed Lowrie. A’s first baseman, Ryon Healy, hit his 20th homer of the season into the seat in left field. There was no doubt about it when it left Healy’s bat. The A’s lead 4-0 midway through the third inning.

The Giants got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Brandon Crawford started the rally by working Gossett for a free pass. Hunter Pence followed with a double down the left field line to advance Crawford to third. With one out, Gorkys Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Crawford with San Francisco’s first run of the game.

The A’s plated two more runs in the seventh inning, Marcus Semien led off with a single, and he scored on a Jed Lowrie double that went into the gap in left-center field. For Lowrie, it was his second double of the game and 32nd of the season. Lowrie advanced to third on a ground out and scored the A’s sixth run when Chad Pinder singled.

The A’s bullpen did the job to preserve the win for Oakland. The A’s used Ryan Dull and Daniel Coulombe in the eighth and Santiago Casilla, the former closer for the Giants, finished the job in the ninth. He retired the first two hitters but then issued a walk to Brandon Crawford. With the A’s fans chanting ” let’s go Oakland” and the remaining Giants’ fans in the stands chanting “let’s go Giants,” Santiago struck out his former teammate Hunter Pence to end the game. Final score 6-1 in favor of Oakland.

Game notes- The A’s improved to 48-60 and the Giants dropped to 41-68. The Giants lost a golden opportunity to pick a game on the Dodgers as LA lost to Atlanta 5-3. The Giants remain 35 games behind LA.

Jed Lowrie and Ryon Healy were the hitting stars for the A’s. Healy had a single and a homer while Lowrie came through with two doubles. The Giants had four singles and a double in the loss.

On a more serious note, the Giants lost a member of their family yesterday when they announced the passing of longtime clubhouse assistant  Daniel Lowenstein. Lowenstein was just 60 years old. He was a very popular figure in the clubhouse, and he will be missed.

The A’s and Giants conclude the four-game series Thursday night at AT&T park Thursday night. Game time is at 7:15 pm.

The A’s Kendall Graveman will start for Oakland. Graveman was on the 10-day DL and will be making his first start since May 19th. The Giants will counter with lefty Ty Blach.

Time of game was two hours and forty-one minutes and the two teams played the third game in a row before a big crowd. Attendance was 40,635.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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