Sep 18, 2013; New York, NY, USA;New York Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker (6) slides under San Francisco Giants left fielder Juan Perez (2) for a stolen base in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/19: Giants Secure Losing Record, Bullpen Blows It For A's, Richardson Trade Impacts 49ers

Giants Secure Losing Record

If a team is going to secure a losing record for the season, it might as well do it in a spectacular crash.

Josh Satin hit a two-run single off Sergio Romo with two outs in the ninth to cap a four-run ninth inning that gave the Mets a 5-4 victory.

The single, on a two-strike pitch, ended a four-game Giants win streak and dropped them to 71-82, ensuring their first losing season since 2008. The blown save was Romo’s fifth in 40 chances.

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Bullpen Blows Game for the A’s

For most of the 2013 season, the A’s have won games because of their bullpen.

But with the regular season down to 10 games, questions are forming like storm clouds over the Oakland relievers. In a 5-4, 11-inning loss Wednesday afternoon, closer Grant Balfour blew a 4-2 lead by serving up a two-run homer to Josh Hamilton in the ninth inning.

– John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News

Richardson Trade Impacts 49ers

The 49ers may have more of a degree of vulnerability to a power-run game now than in Week 2 because third-year nose tackle Ian Williams is out for the season with a broken left ankle. Backup Glenn Dorsey will now be taking over as starting nose tackle. Richardson is the type of back who can run between the tackles and he has more receptions since 2012 than any Colts’ running back. Indianapolis could try to run the ball against the 49ers defense early to see if Richardson can eat up the field. If he does break for big runs early, then the Colts have a chance to upset San Francisco.

– John Ware, Rant Sports

Tags: Oakland Athletics San Francisco 49ers San Francisco Giants

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