The All-Star Break can’t come any sooner for the Giants. The losing continued Thursday, when the A’s outclassed San Francisco in a 6-1. Tim Hudson succumbed to the A’s potent offense, giving up six earned in 5 1/3 innings, walking three and giving up nine hits. All-Star Scott Kazmir was excellent in seven shutout innings, not allowing a hit until Michael Morse’s single to lead off the fifth. Morse has started to get it going again, his hit today extending his hit streak to eight games.The Giants have lost 15 out of 19 games at AT&T Park. Josh Donaldson, on the day he was named to the NL’s Home Run Derby team, launched a two-run homer to right. Stephen Vogt continued his torrid hitting against the Giants, going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. Pablo Sandoval knocked in the sole run for the Giants with a single to left, plating the newly activated Ehire Adrianza. Home plate umpire Adrian Johnson was forced to leave the game in the fourth after being hit hard in the mask by a foul ball in the first. Beloved umpire Angel Hernandez took over behind the plate for the remainder of the game. He was the second base umpire, and in the case of an injury, the second base umpire takes over for the home plate umpire. It was not a good omen for the team, as his umpiring was heavily criticized after he called the first game of the series at the O.co Coliseum.
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