A’s stomp the Giants again by a 6-0 final; Second A’s shutout against Giants by same score

Another tough game for the San Francisco Giants and Donavon Salano who slides back into third only to get tagged out by Oakland A’s third baseman Jack Lamb in the fourth inning at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

After sweeping the Seattle Mariners, the San Francisco Giants began their final road trip of the season against the Oakland Athletics and it seems nothing is going right.

Matt Olson singled in Mark Canha for the only run that the As would need in the bottom of the fourth inning, as they shutout the Giants 6-0 at the Coliseum. This was the second day in a row that the As defeated the Giants by the same 6-0 score.

Jesus Luzardo went six innings, allowing no runs on just five hits, walking no one and striking out seven to pick up his third win of the season.

Kevin Gausman went six innings in his first start since September 7, as he allowed just one run on one hit, walking three and striking out six; however, it was the usual solid Giants bullpen was hit hard, as Sam Selman gave up three runs on two hits, walking one and giving up a huge two-run home run to Jake Lamb.

Things went from bad to worse in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Sam Coonrod allowed two runs on three hits.

In all, the As scored five runs in that fateful seventh inning that saw the As break the game wide open.

The Giants, already without Mike Yastrzemski, who is day-to-day with a right calf strain were also missing Alex Dickerson, who was placed on the paternity list, as his wife is expecting their first child.

Without two of the biggest bats in the lineup, the Giants could muster only six hits on the afternoon, including two by Donovan Solano, who currently fifth in the National League in batting.

NOTES: Prior to the game, a moment of silence was held for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away on Friday at the age of 87.

The Giants fall to 9-17 on the road in the shortened season, including going 0-5 versus the As this season and have been outscored 42-16 in those five games.

Daniel Robertson and Wandy Peralta were recalled from the Giants alternate site in Sacramento, while Andrew Suarez was sent to Sacramento and Dickerson was placed on the paternity list.

UP NEXT: Tyler Anderson will start on Sunday afternoon, as Johnny Cueto, who was scheduled to start will now start on Monday against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park, while the As will Mike Minor to the mound.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants and A’s lockhorns this weekend at Coliseum

San Francisco Giants starter Tyler Anderson (31) was none too happy with the ball four call by plate umpire Edwin Moscosco in the third inning after the Mariners Kyle Lewis walked in last Thursday’s game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (photo from the mercurynews.com)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1  Michael how important was it moving the game from Seattle on Monday and the Giants hosting the Mariners on Wednesday and Thursday and taking the two game series as the visiting team at Oracle Park?

#2 Lets look at Wednesday’s game first, Giants pitcher Drew Smyly started the game and went 3.2 innings, gave up four hits and three runs but threw shutout ball for his first three innings until the Mariners had that three run fourth.

#3 On Thursday with the M’s once again the home team at Oracle Park the visiting Giants starting pitcher Tyler Anderson argued a ball four call that walked the Mariners Kyle Lewis in the third inning with home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso  and Anderson was ejected. Talk about the pitch and manager Gabe Kapler said the ejection put them in a tough spot.

#4 The Giants are in Oakland today at 1:10 pm, the Giants have won seven out of their last 11 games and the A’s have won seven out of their last 11 games do you see this today’s contest in light of getting shutout on Friday?

#5 The Giants are starting Kevin Gausman (3-2 ERA 4.50) and starting for the A’s Jesus Luzardo (2-2 ERA 4.32)  how do you see these pitchers matching up against each other for this afternoon’s start.

Join Michael Saturdays for the Giants podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com



Giants shutout by A’s 6-0 at the Coliseum

The San Francisco Giants Donavon Salano (right) takes strike three and a glance at umpire Alfonso Marquez (left) after striking out against Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt in the first inning of Friday night’s game at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

After sweeping the Seattle Mariners in a series that was moved to the Bay Area, due to the smoke in Seattle, the San Francisco Giants began their road series of the season.

Luckily, the road trip that the Giants are on is 15.6 miles away from Oracle Park across the Bay Bridge then down Interstate 880 to the Oakland Coliseum.

It’s nice that everybody got to sleep in their own beds last night,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “Considering that these are road games and we did just get to play two road games in our ballpark, there have been a lot of challenges throughout this season and so those are two things that we can point to as positives and pluses.”

Matt Olson hit a three-run home run, helping the Oakland A’s to a 6-0 victory over the Giants, as the A’s clinched their sixth playoff spot in the past nine seasons.

Newly acquired Jake Lamb put the A’s on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a run-scoring single that gave the A’s a lead that they would never give up.

Chris Bassitt went 6.2 innings, striking out seven, as he won his third straight start for the American League Western Division Leading A’s.

Both Tommy La Stella and Marcus Semien each added run-scoring singles for the A’s, who were coming off a day off on Thursday and the Giants played a two-game series.

Logan Webb went just 3.1 innings, as his record fell to 2-4 on the season and his streak for winless starts is now at five. Since defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on August 21, Webb is now 0-2.

Not a good performance from our offense. I think all of our players will tell you that,” Kapler said. “We have to play better baseball than that down the stretch if we’re going to get into the postseason.”

The Giants could manage just three hits on the evening, as their 6,7,8 batters of Brandon Crawford, Darin Ruf and Joey Bart went a combined 3-for-11, while the other six batters in the lineup went a combined 0-for-19 with five walks and 11 strikeouts against four A’s pitchers.

NOTES: Mike Yastrzemski missed the game after he left Thursdays game with tightness in his right calf. Yastrzemski underwent an MRI on Friday that revealed a mild calf strain and is listed as day-to-day and will not be placed on the injured list.

Yaz is important enough to this club where we really don’t know how long it’s going to be, whether it’s one, two, three days or more and we want to ensure that we have (options) there,” Kapler said.

Prior to the game, the Giants sent Rico Garcia and Wandy Peralta to the alternate site, while both Shaun Anderson and Andrew Suarez were recalled from the alternate site. Peralta threw a career-high three innings in Thursdays 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

This was just the fourth time this season that the Giants have been shutout and just the fifth time that they picked up five hits or fewer in the same game.

All four shutouts have been by teams in the State of California, as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut them out twice, the San Diego Padres on Sunday and the A’s tonight.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman will take the mound after missing his start on Sunday after the Colorado Rockies due to elbow soreness, while the A’s will send Jesus Luzardo to the mound, as they look to clinch their first AL Western Division Championship since 2013, as their magic number is 2.

Flores, bullpen bail Giants out of an early hole in 6-4 win over the Mariners

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Forgotten in the Giants’ chaotic week of uncertainty and inactivity: the team’s bullpen is showing improvement and becoming a reliable force.

Trailing 4-1 after two innings, and reeling from starting pitcher Tyler Anderson’s ejection, and Mike Yastrzemski’s calf injury, just one of the things on manager Gabe Kapler’s wish list was scoreless innings from his relievers.

When it was all done, Kapler got seven of them, and a huge, offensive rally to squeeze past the Mariners, 6-4. Anderson, who drew Kapler’s ire for his ejection, received a huge reprieve as well.

“We were put in a really bad situation because of me, and our guys fought, and that was really great,” Anderson said . “I felt really terrible inside leaving them out to dry like that. But to see everybody step up and have big performances, that was huge for the team.”

Wandy Peralta pitched the third, fourth and fifth innings in the lengthiest and most effective outing of his big league career. Peralta threw 49 pitches while maintaining his velocity throughout, allowing no hits, one walk while striking out three. The reliever’s 207th big league appearance came and went without a hold or a win–or a change on the scoreboard–but it definitely made an impression.

“As tough as (Anderson’s ejection) was, it was equally rewarding, and in some ways inspiring, to see him come out and give us the length that he did and battle. He gave us a chance to climb back into the game,” Kapler said of Peralta.

Rico Garcia, Tony Watson, Tyler Rogers and Sam Selman followed Peralta, giving the Giants a scoreless frame each. None had it easy in terms of numbers of pitches thrown, but the strikeouts piled up. The Giants recorded 12 on Thursday, and 29 strikeouts in the two-game series.

Evan Longoria’s RBI single kicked off the Giants’ comeback in the sixth. Luis Basabe, the rookie inserted into the game when Yastrzemski departed, gained his first big league hit and scored for the first time on Longoria’s hit. Later in the inning, Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice fly scored Wilmer Flores and the Giants trailed by one, 4-3.

In the seventh, Flores tripled home a pair to give the Giants the lead, and Alex Dickerson’s run-scoring, sacrifice fly gave the Giants some insurance.

The Mariners dropped all four games with the Giants by an aggregate score of 31-13. Playing all four in San Francisco didn’t help, neither did the team’s offense which stalled at critical junctures.

“The Giants had our number this year,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I can’t really put my finger on it. They swung the bats very, very well against us and we struggled to close out innings against them.”

The win was the Giants 10th in their last 15 outings, a sign of team’s ability to stay locked in despite the team’s just completed week long odyssey which resulted in three, consecutive losses and confinement in two hotels. Now, they’ll finish the season with 11 games in 10 days, first in Oakland against the A’s then the final eight at Oracle Park against the Rockies and Padres.

The Giants are above .500 at 25-24 and the Rockies’ loss to the Dodgers Thursday night increased the Giants lead to three games in the important race to finish third in the NL West. The two other third place clubs in the National League–the Phillies and the Cardinals–also lost on Thursday enhancing the possibility that the Giants could finish seventh in the playoff stack and avoid the Dodgers in the postseason’s opening round.

Giants acclimate quickly as Oracle Park visitors, whip the Mariners, 9-3

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants’ offense this season has shown less pop when they’re the visitors than it has when they play at Oracle Park.

Following that equation, Wednesday’s return to McCovey Cove was just what the Giants needed to get things rolling–on the road.

With the Mariners the designated home team for the game originally scheduled for Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, but moved due to poor air quality enveloping the Northwest, the Giants didn’t assume a secondary role as the visiting team. Batting first in each inning, the Giants immediately made themselves at home by blasting to an 8-0 lead midway through the fourth inning, then cruising to a 9-3 win.

Give the Giants the win, and bonus points for improvisation, according to manager Gabe Kapler.

“We knew there would be situations we haven’t had to deal with in Major League seasons past,” Kapler said. “We have to be good within the construct of whatever the season hands us.”

“It’s definitely a lot easier to deal with this stuff when you’re at your own place,” Brandon Belt said. “It’s definitely a lot more comfortable here for us. We get to go to our own house or whatever it may be. We get to use our own facilities when we come to the ballpark. I think that definitely plays a role.”

The first 31 games of this unusual season went off as planned. Since then, the Giants have experienced it all: social activism, virus outbreaks–and false positive tests–and now poor air quality due to the plethora of wildfires. And the adjustments weren’t initial successes: the Giants were listless in dropping hastily-scheduled doubleheaders to the Dodgers and Padres. But this time, they were ready, and their home park helped in that regard.

Belt, Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford each homered in the win, and Crawford added two doubles to his big night, part of the team’s 15-hit parade, seven of those for extra bases. Seattle starter Ljay Newsome was hit hard, allowing eight hits and eight runs– five of which were earned.

Giants’ starter Drew Smyly recorded the first 11 outs–eight via strikeout–in an abbreviated appearance, his first start since landing on the injured list August 1 with a sprained finger. The short outing opened the door for Trevor Cahill, who picked up the win by pitching two innings in relief.

Smyly and six Giants relievers piled up 17 strikeouts, a real measure of the misery suffered by the Mariners, who needed a win to boost their postseason aspirations. Instead the Giants got that win, along with a Rockies loss (to the A’s, 3-1) to get them back to .500 with 12 games remaining.

The Giants returned home having played just three of six scheduled games, losing all three. The silver lining is all three cancelled games are late additions to the Oracle Park schedule, and part of the finishing kick that has the Giants in the Bay Area for the last 13 games of the regular season.

Series between Giants and Mariners moved from Seattle to San Francisco for Wed and Thu

This is how T Mobile Field looked like on Monday night and on Tuesday the Seattle air quality level was 285 and the Seattle Mariners and MLB decided Tuesday’s game should be moved to San Francisco with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday and Thursday nights (photo from sfchronicle.com)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO–After seeing two of their four games in San Diego postponed, the San Francisco Giants are seeing it happen all over again.

Due to the smoke levels reaching the high 200s, major league baseball decided to move the series between the Giants and the Seattle Mariners from T-Mobile Park in Seattle to Oracle Park in San Francisco.

“We appreciate the Giants’ willingness to work with us on this challenge, and we look forward to returning to T-Mobile Park on Friday to host the Padres,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said.

The Mariners, who split a doubleheader with the Oakland As on Monday night much to the dismay of As staff and players.

“I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I shouldn’t be gasping for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,” said Jesus Luzardo, who started the opener for Oakland.

As manager Bob Melvin said that several players began to complain about the air as the game got into the later innings.

According to Mariners manager Scott Servais, he thought that the visibility and playability were fine on Monday night.

The Giants and Mariners will begin their two-game series on Wednesday night at 6:40 with the Mariners being the home team, and the two-game series will conclude on Thursday afternoon with the game beginning at 1:10.

Former Giants star Pablo Sandoval signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves and will report to the teams minor league site in Gwinett

Sandoval, who was released by the Giants last week, his second stint with the team after he hit just .220 with one home run and six runs batted in this season.

Finishing Kick: Giants hope conclusion of their schedule carries them to the postseason

By Morris Phillips

Alex Dickerson’s wife is expecting the couple’s first child any day now. Complicating matters, his positive COVID test shut the Giants down Friday and Saturday as follow up testing procedures exercised the utmost caution for both the Giants and the Padres. At some point, Dickerson allowed the Giants to release his name, connecting him to the previously anonymous test within the team’s traveling party.

Then a false report printed by the USA Today claiming Dickerson contracted the virus from a family member while in San Diego (a meet up that is prohibited by the strict rules instituted by MLB for traveling clubs) caused the player–and his wife–a myriad of issues.

“When you’re dealing with pregnancy and COVID-19, it is not a good thing to make the assumption that I came in and went and broke protocol and saw family and friends when I’m only permitted to see my wife and she is the only person I saw, and she has been quarantining and on bed rest,” Dickerson said. “It caused a lot of problems, a lot of hate to come towards you and it was kind of unwarranted.”

The Giants had benefitted tremendously from avoiding issues and disruptions from the virus. Just maintaining their schedule as written was big, for them and the rest of the NL West. After all, makeup doubleheaders–regardless of the reduced length in innings–aren’t momentum builders.

That Dickerson’s positive test morphed into a false positive with no other positive tests was frustrating as well. The conclusion? Being a big league club on the road in 2020 isn’t the best. Nine of the 15 National League clubs have losing road records. Isolation and testing are a big contributor to that.

So as the Giants settle into their Seattle hotel on Monday night, two things stick out: the Mariners spent a day/night in the smoke-filled air on Monday, splitting a pair of makeup contests with the A’s. That’s 14 innings for the hosts and none for the Giants, who were idle. Even bigger, with 13 games remaining, these two will be the last two outside the Bay Area involving a hotel and the stringent protocols.

Starting Friday, the Giants play three games in Oakland, then eight at Oracle Park to end the regular season.

That schedule may be enough to keep the Giants from losing their grip on the eighth and final playoff spot, and possibly sending them to Dodgers Stadium for a best of three-game series that would generate a great deal of interest. It also would be their first postseason berth since 2016.

The Giants are 14-9 at home, while averaging better than five runs per game. They’ve struggled with the A’s and the Padres, but might be poised to take advantage of the Rockies.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Padres give Giants the false positive in sweep

The San Diego Padres Wil Meyers (center) gets in on all the fun with a home run of his own and is greeted by teammates Abraham Almonte (left) and Manny Machado (right) Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 After the Giants had two days off having Friday and Saturday off because a player had tested false positive on Thursday night they turned around and lost a Sunday doubleheader at Petco Park 6-0 and 3-1.

#2 Morris in the front game the Giants were shutout by the pitching of Mike Clevinger 6-0, Clevinger who went seven innings and gave up just two hits and the Giants looked like they couldn’t lay any lumber on him.

#3 The Giants held the Padres slugger Fernando Tatis Jr to 0-3, Manny Machado got a hit and run, Austin Nola and Jake Cronenworth both scored twice in the front game. The Padres seem like they get a different hero everyday.

#4 The Padres took the second game Padres starter Garret Richards pitched 4.1 innings gave up only one run and two hits and the Padres pitching staff of Tim Hill, Drew Pomeranz, and Trevor Rosenthal kept the Giants off balance shutting them out for the rest of the way. Padres win 3-1.

#5 The Giants have Monday off which means it’s the Morris Giants day off report and play the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Field for a two game series starting Tuesday night. Pitchers for Tuesday for the Giants a pitcher to be named later and for the Mariners Ljay Newsome (0-0 ERA 3.24).

Catch Morris every Monday for the Giants podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservie.com

Giants swept by Padres in twin bill 6-0 and 3-1

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb throws against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of the second game of the doubleheader on Sunday at Petco Park (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Trying to make the playoffs for the first time since Bruce Bochys last season as manager of the San Diego Padres, they moved closer their goal.

The Padres won both games of the doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants, as Mike Clevinger threw a two-hitter for his second career shutout in the first game, as the Padres defeated the Giants 6-0 at Petco Park.

Greg Garcia and Wil Myers each hit two-run singles off of Johnny Cueto, who lost for the first time in the shortened season and is now 2-1.

Jurickson Profar came up with the big hit in the second game, as he hit a go-ahead single ni rhe bottom of the fifth inning to help the Padres sweep the doubleheader over the Giants.

The second game of the doubleheader was part of a makeup after what turned out to be a false positive test of Covid-19 for San Diego native Alex Dickerson, who played on Sunday.

Dickerson received news of the positive test just moments before Fridays game. He was pulled from the field and eventually placed in isolation at Petco Park, as both Friday and Saturdays games were postponed.

Major League Baseball and the players union said Sunday morning that the test was originally positive was actually a false positive.

Profar executed what is called a Butcher Boy, where he showed bunt and then hit away off of Sam Selman and the single bounced off of Evan Longorias glove into left field that scored Jake Cronenworth to score the eventual game-winning run and then Manny Machado hit a two-out run-scoring single to give the Padres their sixth straight win, as the Padres swept the doubleheader with a 3-1 victory.

Mike Yastrzemski put the Giants on the board, as he hit a double with two outs in the top of the second inning to give them a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, that lead did not last long, as Myers hit his 12th home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning to tie up the game.

Tim Hill won for the third time without a loss, as he was able to get the Giants out in order in the top of the fifth inning before Profar and Machados run-scoring singles.

Clevinger went seven innings in the first game for the Padres, as he struck out seven and walked just one.

Cueto gave up six runs, four earned and allowed six hits in 5.1 innings of work and lost for the first time this season.

NOTES: These two teams play each other the final three games of the season at Oracle Park from September 25-27; however, Major League has yet to decide when the other game will be made up that was postponed this weekend.

Giants reliever Trevor Gott was placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his pitching elbow, and is retroactive to Thursday.

Kevin Gausman was scratched from his start, as he developed an elbow issue while playing catch and will undergo an MRI.

UP NEXT: After an off-day on Monday, the Giants will open a two-game series against the Seattle Mariners on T-Mobile Park on Tuesday night.

Saturday’s game postponed due to positive Covid-19 test; Sunday’s game could be canceled too

The San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr sits outside the dugout as players from both teams cleared out of the locker room areas and sat in the stands until getting notice to leave Petco Park in San Diego on Friday night (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Following the postponement of the second game of the four-game series between the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, the third game of the series was also postponed.

Following a positive test for COVID-19 in the San Francisco Giants organization, tonights and tomorrows scheduled games between the Giants and the host San Diego Padres at Petco Park have been postponed out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted, MLBs statement read. Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates as necessary.

It is unclear if the series finale will be played on Sunday; however, the Giants and Padres have an off-day this coming Thursday and the two teams play the final weekend of the season from September 25-27 at Oracle Park.

After Sundays game if played, the Giants will head to Seattle to face the Mariners at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading back to the Bay Area and face the Oakland As at the Coliseum next weekend. As for the Padres, they open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday before heading to Seattle to face the Mariners beginning on Friday night.