Bridge-ing the gap…for now: Giant’s get the last blow in with a 11-2 laugher over the A’s

August 3, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants



San Francisco Giants’ Jarrett Parker, center, celebrates with teammates after a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. The Giants won 11-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–When it’s all about next season for both, downtrodden Bay Area baseball teams, it’s still competition.

So on Thursday, the Giants dialed up a response to Wednesday’s embarrassing 6-1 loss to the A’s. Call it, we see your Daniel Gossett and Ryon Healy, and will raise you a Ty Blach and a Ryder Jones.

Nothing resonates when your 35 games out of first place in August, but young, promising faces come the closest. Jones and Jarrett Parker combined for five hits and four RBI.  Blach pitched eight innings, won for the seventh time, and hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

“I think he surprised us all, how far he hit that ball,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It was the Ty Blach show tonight.”

Kendall Graveman was a washout for Oakland, lasting just two innings and departing with the Giants leading 7-0 on their way to a 11-2 win. Graveman hadn’t pitched since May due to a shoulder issue that sidelined him, and he looked healed, but out of sync.

The Giants didn’t ease up when Graveman departed. Blach’s three-run shot came in the fifth, and it was the first Giants’ round tripper with two aboard all season at AT&T Park. It also put the Giants up 11-1 through five innings, a lead so rare it might wind up in a Smithsonian exhibit at some point.

The four-game set didn’t quite produce a competitive game, the first, an 8-5 win for the A’s came closest. But this is what last place clubs do, look good one minute, and dreadful the next. The goal for both the Giants and the A’s is to build on what appears promising, and get a preview during this season-closing stretch.

To that point, the Giants announced that Chris Stratton will replace Matt Cain in the starting rotation, and veteran Denard Span will play extensively in left field as the club prepares for a younger outfielder–maybe Jones, Parker or the injured Austin Slater–to take the reins in center.

Brandon Belt homered in the second, his team-leading 18th of the season. The Giants had 13 hits, one night after they managed just two hits opposite Oakland’s 6-1 lead in the fifth.  Blach threw at least six innings in a start for the sixth, consecutive outing.

The Giants continue their home stand Friday night with Madison Bumgarner facing Arizona’s Anthony Banda at 715pm.


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