One of Saturday night’s starting pitchers was knocked out by a big inning, and for once it wasn’t the one in orange and black.
The Giants did most of their damage in the fourth inning of a 10-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, scoring six runs off right-hander Trevor Cahill. The win was just the third in the last 11 road games for the Giants, who got back within 2½ games of the Diamondbacks in the National League West.
The Giants have made a habit of losing road games because their starter couldn’t get through one ugly inning, but Madison Bumgarner cruised through the first five innings at Chase Field. By the time the bottom of the sixth rolled around, the Giants had a 9-0 lead.
– Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News
Well, it’s bound to happen sometime. The A’s can’t win every game. But interestingly enough, in the A’s last 22 games, the club has only lost four games, and two of them can be directly attributed to Doolittle. It isn’t so much one run, as it is the bunches of runs, and today was his fourth poor outing in his last five.
Today, with a little help from a bad call, he turned a 1-1 game into a 4-1 loss, very reminiscent of last week, when he sent the game against the Brewers to extra innings by giving up another 3 runs in a game the A’s would eventually lose, and I really do wonder if something is going on. The first run he allowed today was a bad umpiring call; the runner never should have been on base, but he was hit hard again after that.
– Athletics Nation
It’s probably unlikely, considering that the Sharks seemed to have a real chemistry in the locker room and were “playing for each other,” in the words of head coach Todd McLellan. Still, Wilson is known as one of the more active general managers around the league when it comes to keeping lines of communication open with other GMs, and he has a pair of assets in Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle that are entering the last years of their respective contracts and are still very effective players.
Putting out some feelers in the offseason for Thornton and Boyle makes sense, and if the Sharks struggle out of the gate in 2013-14, it might be time to finally break up the core group that has failed to get the club to the final round.
– Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area