Giants Take Bay Bridge Series with 5-4 Win

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…

September 27, 2015

New Year, Same Billy Beane: Ben Zobrist Edition

January 17, 2015

By: Simon Westley One week ago, Billy Beane traded two prospects and catcher John Jaso for utility man Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. Two days ago, Billy Beane swapped Escobar for relief pitcher Tyler Clippard. While two trades involving two little-known major leaguers, the underappreciated Zobrist, and a relief pitcher may not sound like the centerpiece of the A’s offseason, the repercussions of these moves are large. And I…


Did the A’s Lose Big With the Donaldson Trade?

December 2, 2014

By: Simon Westley On Friday, third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded away from Oakland for former Blue Jays’ third baseman Brett Lawrie and prospects Sean Nolin, Franklin Barreto, and Kendall Graveman. Donaldson has been one of the best players in baseball the past two seasons, placing 6th in the major leagues with 6.4 WAR (Fangraphs) in 2014 and only behind Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen with 7.7 WAR the prior…


Was the Samardzija deal the right move?

July 15, 2014

The Athletics are the best team in baseball at 55-33, with a run differential of +135. They are absolutely dominating Major League Baseball. So why did they need to go out and acquire Samardzija and Hammel? It’s not like they have a lack of depth at the position; Scott Kazmir has turned out to be a great signing, making the AL All-Star team with his 2.53 ERA and 3.31 FIP….


Giants Fall 6-1 To A’s; Drop Bay Bridge Series

July 10, 2014

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…


Giants Ride Offense To 5-2 Win

July 9, 2014

The Giants looked like a baseball team tonight; something that could not be said earlier in this series, getting outscored 11-1 by Oakland. They turned the tide tonight in a 5-2 win, snapping the A’s six-game winning streak. Matt Cain continued to pitch excellently, allowing two runs in six strong innings against an Athletics team that averaged 5.0 runs per game coming into Wednesday’s game. He stuck out four, walked…


A’s Beat Giants Again

July 8, 2014

Home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez is one of the worst umpires in baseball, among the likes of C.B. Bucknor and Joe West, and it is a shame that his umpiring clouded a great rivalry game. The best umpires aren’t noticed, and Hernandez’s calls were noticed all night long. It is a shame that he is still umpiring in the major leagues. His calls hurt both sides tonight. Here is one of…


A’s Take Game One Of The Bay Bridge Series

July 7, 2014

The first game of the Bay Bridge Series was a one-sided affair, a 5-0 A’s win. The 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…


BURN: Breakdown of Bay Area Sports

To all the A’s fans out there, congratulations. Your team won the division. And appropriate props should be given. But to continually slam Giants fans in every way, shape, and form is uncalled for and unclassless. The vast majority of Giants fans really don’t hate the A’s, while it seems like every single A’s fan alive hates the Giants almost as badly as Dodger fans do. It’s ridiculous. Because of…

September 23, 2013

A’s With Walk-Off Win Over Mariners

August 19, 2013

Today’s game was just extraordinary, and very fun to watch. Pitching was amazing as Jarrod Parker pitched his first ever complete game. In addition, his stat line was amazing pitching nine innings of one run ball with eight strikeouts. He did allow eight hits, but his control was amazing as he only allowed one walk, picking up his ninth win of the season. However, in this 2-1 win, Jarrod Parker’s…