The Oakland A’s drew first blood in the Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants with a 4-1 victory at the O.Co Coliseum on Monday afternoon.
Dan Straily pitched an excellent game for the A’s, throwing six innings and allowing just one run to the defending World Series champions. He succeeded in keeping the Giants’ hitters off-balance, as evidenced by recording just one strikeout throughout his entire outing.
The big hit for the A’s came courtesy of third baseman Josh Donaldson, who homered off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the fourth inning. It was a two-run shot, and it would be all that Oakland needed:
The A’s could have scored more in the fourth, as Jed Lowrie and Nate Freiman hit consecutive singles with nobody out following the homer. However, Bumgarner struck out three of the next four batters, including Coco Crisp with the bases loaded, to end the inning.
Bumgarner allowed just the home run in 6.2 innings, although he faced what appeared to be an extremely tight strike zone by home plate umpire Mark Carlson.
The A’s would take full advantage of Bumgarner’s departure, as Yoenis Cespedes banged a double to right-center off of George Kontos that scored two runs, both of which were charged to the Giants’ starter that extended the Oakland lead to 4-1 .
The combination of Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour closed things out for the A’s, who take the first of this four-game series.
Oakland is now officially on a roll, winning nine of their last ten games and are six games over .500.
The most important thing for fans? The A’s now have a better record than their rivals across the bay.