By: Josh Goodwine
After honoring the Big Three for their time as a dominant trio of starting pitchers for the Oakland As, the Giants went on the take the rubber match of the Bay Bridge Series 5-4.
27-year old rookie Chris Heston earned the victory, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks in five plus innings. His record improves to 12-10. Fellow rookie Sean Nolin didn’t fare as well, going only 2.1 innings while giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk. He was replaced by Arnold Leon, who, lasting longer than Nolin, pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.
The Giants offense got off to a fast start, scoring all of their runs in the first three innings. Back to back sacrifice flies by Trevor Brown and Angel Pagan scored Brandon Crawford and Jarrett Parker, respectively. Kelby Tomlinson, who’s had seven hits in this series, singled home Mac Williamson, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second inning. The Giants tacked on two more runs thanks to a Williamson sacrifice fly to right field and a Trevor Brown single to shallow center field.
Heston was perfect for 3.1 innings until rookie Mark Canha doubled to left center. He ran into further trouble after walking Josh Reddick and plunking Danny Valencia in the forearm. Valencia was eventually replaced by Max Muncy. Heston got out of the inning after All-Star Steven Vogt grounded into a double play. However, he A’s offense was just getting started, as Billy Butler and Brett Lawrie both singled. After Sam Fuld grounded into another double play and Marcus Semien walked, Rookie of the Year candidate Billy Burns hit a shallow pop-up on a 3-2 curveball that deflected off of Brandon Crawford’s glove, falling into the no-man’s land. Both Butler and Semien score while Burns heads to second. In the sixth inning, after a Josh Reddick single, Max Muncy hit an RBI triple just over Jarrett Parker’s glove. That ended Heston’s day and George Kontos entered the game.
Kontos’ first batter, Steven Vogt, lofted a single to Marlon Byrd and scored Muncy, making the game 5-4. After the sixth, both bullpens shut down the offense. The Giants take the game and the series as Santiago Casilla earns his 37th save of the season. With this win and a Dodger loss, the Giants retain a mathematical chance to win the division.
- With a Dodger’s loss, the Giants are now six out, and must win out in order to win the NL West. The Giants will have their work cut out for them, with Cy Young candidates Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw scheduled to start the first two games of the series. Jake Peavy and Madison Bumgarner will match up against them
- With today’s loss, the As have clinched the worst record in the AL since 1997.