San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto delivers a fifth inning pitch to the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri Jun 25, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
After a quick two-game road trip that saw the San Francisco Giants sweep the Los Angeles Angels, they returned home to face another American League West team.
Curt Casali, who was a late replacement for Buster Posey hit a big solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Giants defeated the Oakland As 2-0 before a paid crowd of 36,928 in the re-opening day for the Giants. This was the ninth win in 10 games for the Giants, who are now a Major-League best 49-26 on the season.
Johnny Cueto went seven strong innings, allowing just five hits, walking one and striking out six, as he raised his record to 6-3 on the season.
The Giants got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Brandon Crawford drove in Wilmer Flores with a single off of eventual losing pitcher Sean Manaea.
Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee came on in the eighth and ninth innings, to finish off the Giants 11th shutout, tops in the major leagues.
Rogers gave up a hit and struck out two before giving way to McGee, who struck out former Giants outfielder Skye Bolt for his 15th save of the season.
Manaea went six innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking three and striking out seven and allowed picked up a single and a double in his only at-bats, before he was replaced by Mitch Moreland, who flew out off of Cueto in the top of the seventh inning.
The double by Manaea was his first hit since the 2018 season.
The Giants could muster only five hits off of As pitching, as Mike Yastrzemski, Wilmer Flores and Mauricio Dubon picked up the other three hits on the evening.
When Crawford drove in Flores with the first Giants run of the evening, it was the 50th run batted in for Crawford on the season.
It was a tough night on the bases for the As, as they left nine runners on base and went `1-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
NOTES: Brandon Belt was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 24) with inflammation in his right knee. Lamonte Wade, Jr., was recalled from Sacramento to Belts place on the Giants roster.
Posey was scratched due to back stiffness.
The ceremonial first pitches prior to the game were thrown by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who threw to Giants manager Gabe Kapler and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf threw the first pitch to former Giants reliever and current As reliever Sergio Romo.
UP NEXT: Alex Wood takes the mound for the Giants, while the As will send Frankie Montas to the mound.