Giants Lead Battle of the Bay 1-0 in the City

Madison Bumgarner, 2017. Photo via: Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner

August 13, 2019 — The SF Giants came back from behind Tuesday night and beat the Oakland Athletics 2-3 at home. This was a great pitching game by both starters and strong defensive performance for the Athletics. Yet, it wasn’t enough to catch up in the end following Will Smiths 34 pitches in the ninth.

To celebrate Lefty day, left handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner was on fire in the first seven innings. He threw 100 pitches, had nine strikeouts and waved goodbye as he left the field in the eighth. Stephen Piscotty had a nice single home-run deep left, which shut Bumgarner up just a hair.

Brett Anderson with 91 pitches and four strikeouts, went pitch for pitch against Bumgarner, but a few mistakes in the sixth cost the A’s two runs and gave the Giants a lead 2-1.

At the top of the ninth Matt Chapman hit a deep ball left field that just passed the foul line. If this homer was in, Chapman would’ve had a 2RBI home-run. Instead he singled to the right and the bases were loaded, Profar on second and Garneau on third. After a Canha walk, Smith struck Pinder out swinging and that was a wrap.

The A’s are in the hunt for the playoffs with a record of 67-52 and need three more wins to claim the second spot in the hunt lineup. The Tampa Bay Rays currently hold that spot.

Tomorrow the two meet in San Francisco again at 12:45 PM, and as Drake says “redemptions on your mind when you think about me.” #BattleoftheBay #BayAreaSports

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