Sweep averted as Irwin picks up sixth win for the Athletics; A’s stop Giants 6-2

Oakland A’s hitter Matt Chapman gets around on a pitch for a two run single in the first inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco as the A’s avoided a sweep on Sun Jun 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-After taking the first two games of the Bay Bridge Series, the San Francisco Giants were looking that rare sweep of the Oakland Athletics; however, that would not be the outcome.

Matt Chapman drove in the only runs that the Athletics would need, as he hit a two-run single in the top of the first inning that scored Elvis Andrus and Matt Olson and the Athletics salvaged the finale of the series with a 6-2 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 35,920 at Oracle Park. The loss by the Giants put an end to their five-game winning streak.

Cole Irwin won for the sixth time on the season against seven losses, as he went eight innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, walking two and striking out eight This was the first ever appearance for Irwin against the Giants.

The eight innings pitched by Irwin tied his career high that was previously set on May 4,2021 against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Coliseum. In that game, Irwin went those eight innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out nine and the Athletics won 4-1.

Sammy Long lasted just five innings for the Giants, as he allowed four runs on four hits, walked three and struck out three.

The Athletics blew the game open in the top of the sixth inning, as they scored three runs all against Long. Chad Pinder was hit by a pitch to start the inning, Tony Kemp singled and then Aramis Garcia drove in Pinder with an opposite field single. After Skye Bolt struck out for the first out of the inning, Irwin helped out his own cause, as he dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt that Kemp score underneath the tag of Buster Posey, as Darin Ruf was unable to complete the nifty ball toss from the glove.

Ramon Laureano was then hit by a pitch, and then Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Garcia to score from third base.

The Athletics tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh inning, as Chapman scored on a Garcia single to left field and slid into home plate just underneath the tag of Buster Posey, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the first two games of the series with back stiffness.

Down to their final inning, the Giants began a quasi-comeback, as Mike Yastrzemski was hit by a pitch, then Posey lined a single off the right field wall that sent Yastrzemski to third base; however, Darin Ruf then grounded into a double play that scored Yastrzemski from third base.

Steven Duggar, who scored the winning run in Saturday nights 11-inning 6-5 thriller doubled to centerfield that scored Donovan Solano, who doubled after Ruf grounded into the double play.

Brandon Crawford, who did not start the game for the Giants came off the bench and struck out to end the game.

NOTES: Logan Webb threw a simulated game prior to the game, and threw 20 pitches. He will pitch at an affiliate this week, according to Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

In regards to the Giants becoming the first major league team to reach the 50 win plateau, and since the Wild Card era began in 1995, only three teams who were first to win 50 in a season have gone on to win the World Series, the 1998 Yankees, 2005 White Sox and the 2017 Astros.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani goes for his ninth win of the season on Monday night, as the Giants head back to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium for a brief two-game series, who will send Trevor Bauer to the hill, as he looks for his eighth win of the season.

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