By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – A question was asked before the game about the amount of walks given this season from the starters. Without any hesitation, Giants manager Bruce Bochy explained there is no real reason for the excessive amount of walks issued.
“No answer to why we walk more guys than we should but we’re aware,” Bochy said.
Tim Lincecum walked the first batter he faced and surrendered a RBI triple to Yoenis Cespedes in the first frame. Second baseman Marco Scutaro’s fielding error scored in Cespedes for a 2-0 lead. This was the beginning of bad luck for San Francisco and Lincecum.
The A’s won the series with a 6-1 victory over the Giants. The lack of defense to back Tim was crucial especially after three errors were committed.
“There’s no sugarcoating this thing,” said Bruce. “We pretty much covered all facets, as far as not playing well.”
Hunter Pence went deep in the second inning to cut the lead in half 2-1. But Oakland dominated in the fifth scoring four runs. Both Jed Lowrie and John Jaso hit RBI singles and Nate Freiman capped off the inning with a two-run double for a 6-1 lead.
Brett Pill leadoff the sixth with a solo blast to left field. A’s pitcher Tommy Milone gave up two singles and a double before his night was done. Pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias’ sacrifice fly cut Oakland’s lead in half again and San Francisco was off to a good start to rally a comeback.
“I argued everything I could argue,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I was told it was fair and that they should score.”
A controversial play sparked emotions for Oakland. Andres Torres grounded a double down the third base line through the legs of third base umpire Gerry Davis. He ruled it fair and Melvin came running out of the dugout to argue the call.
Davis also ruled fan interference on the play which allowed Gregor Blanco to score from first base. This made Bob turn back around to argue Blanco should be at third. A’s bench coach Chip Hale continued to yell at the home-plate umpire (Brian Knight) from the top of the dugout and he was ejected.
The momentum was at an all time high for the Giants. Jerry Blevins who replaced Milone, walked the next batter and now San Francisco had two runners on and was down by two runs. But Pablo Sandoval grounded into a double play to end the rally and the inning.
“They’re a great team, especially at home and in the later innings,” said Josh Donaldson. “You know they’re going to come back and put forth a great effort, which they did.”
The effort wasn’t enough for a win, Oakland scored again in the eighth on Coco Crisp sacrifice fly. The Giants responded with two runs to cut the lead 7-6. Marco hit a RBI double followed by Pablo’s RBI single. But again the errors proved costly securing the A’s victory in the ninth.
Donaldson singled on a line drive to left field to score in a run on a fielding error by Torres. Freiman also had an RBI single leaving no time for San Francisco to bounce back. Overall, it was tough night for the Giants. In 4 1/3 innings, Lincecum surrendered seven hits, six runs (five earned), four walks, four strikeouts and one wild pitch. He’s lost five of his last six decisions.
“I left too many pitches up in the zone, very many pitches in the zone with runners on,” he explained. “I just didn’t execute all that well with the fastball.”