Jul 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) and catcher Buster Posey (28) celebrate after the final out in the ninth in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds at AT

Bay Area Buzz 7/24: Giants Split Doubleheader, Balfour Blows Save, Kaepernick Opens Up

Giants Split Doubleheader

It had to feel weird even if everyone knew it was coming, Barry Zito jogging to the bullpen mound in his road grays, the Reds taking the field to a rousing Bronx cheer and Gregor Blanco stepping in to begin the Cincinnati “home” game at AT&T Park.

It was Opposite Night in more ways the one: The Giants beat the Reds for the first time in six tries this year.

They grabbed a quick 4-0 lead and won the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader 5-3. The Giants had taken another ritual beating from Cincinnati in the opener, 9-3, with spot starter Eric Surkamp allowing seven of the runs in 2 2/3 innings.

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Balfour’s Hiccup Costs A’s 

Grant Balfour blew a save, and the A’s lost a game to the Astros on Tuesday.

The former hadn’t happened since April 29, 2012, the latter since June 12, 2007, which ended a 12-game win streak.

But that’s what will read in the box score of a 5-4 A’s loss at Minute Maid Park after the previously perfect Balfour — he the owner of an Oakland-record 44 consecutive saves entering the night — surrendered three runs in the ninth.

Balfour paced around the clubhouse after the game until nearly all of his teammates were heading out to board their bus, while he remained in his A’s gear, a shower still to be had.

– Jane Lee, MLB.com

Colin Kaepernick Opens Up 

Adopted. Biracial. Supremely tatted. A runner sometimes. A thrower sometimes. Colin Kaepernick, age 25, is the anti-Manning, and he likes that. A lot.

Not that Kaepernick—who played his college ball at Nevada, the only school to offer him a ride—has anything against the quarterbacks with the classic big-school football pedigree: Tom Brady, Peyton and Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan. But none of those quarterbacks was adopted at the age of six weeks. None had friends questioning whether he was white or black. None is being pursued by a birth mom he’s not interested in knowing. None, apparently, has the same yearning to have 70% percent of his upper body covered in ink. None has rushed for 181 yards in an NFL playoff game. For none did his 10th NFL start come in the Super Bowl.

– Peter King, Sports Illustrated

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