The first game of the Bay Bridge Series was a one-sided affair, a 5-0 A’s win. The O.co Coliseum was electric, with a sellout crowd of 36,067 in attendance. The A’s were simply the better team all night long, and the struggling Giants offered little resistance. Jesse Chavez threw six scoreless innings, striking out nine, while only yielding four hits. The Giants only got a runner to second base twice all night. Brandon Crawford made uncustomary miscues, including two throwing errors. Catcher John Jaso got the scoring started for the A’s in the fifth, grounding out, scoring Craig Gentry. Alberto Callaspo added a double to right center in the sixth, plating Donaldson and Lowrie, making the score 3-0. Callaspo finished the game 2-4.The scoring continued in the seventh, with a Brandon Moss sacrifice fly and a Josh Donaldson RBI single off of Juan Gutierrez. The Giants had shown signs of coming out of their slumber, taking two out of three from the Padres, and facing the best team in the majors certainly didn’t help them continue playing good baseball. Pablo Sandoval was out for the second straight game with a bone bruise. Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner (9-6, 3.09 ERA) toes the rubber opposite Oakland’s Sonny Gray (8-3, 3.08) on Tuesday in a battle of aces.
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