The field is chalked, the garlic fries were distributed and the seagulls returned to Third and King on Thursday night. The San Francisco Giants came back to AT&T Park for their first game in 2014, taking on the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the Bay Bridge Series. As we welcomed baseball back to the Bay Area, the A’s took control of the first match-up, beating the orange and black 4-0.
Tim Hudson, who was given Barry Zito’s old locker, made his Giants home debut, taking the hill for six innings and giving up seven hits. Two of Hudson’s four earned runs were from a Josh Reddick blast off the Levi’s flag pole. Still, three scoreless innings and an otherwise solid outing was a promising start from a veteran still returning to pre-injury form.
Left field questions continued as Mike Morse’s miscues didn’t endear himself to the AT&T Park locals. Several misplays, including a missed dive on Josh Donaldson’s fifth-inning triple, mixed with several off-throws from the rest of the infield, showed the Spring Training kinks that still haven’t been quite worked out.
Oakland’s four runs were more than enough as Scott Kazmir continued his solid spring, going five and a third without allowing a run. He’ll finish his Spring Training with three earned runs over 17.1 combined innings.
The Giants offense seemed to carry on from last year, as they combined for only four hits throughout the game. If anything, Giants fans were reminded of the depth of AT&T Park, with Hunter Pence’s seventh inning double against the center field wall and Pablo Sandoval’s long fly ball to the warning track in the seventh.
Tomorrow the Giants will once again face the Athletics in Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series. Probable pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tim Lincecum will go head to head at AT&T Park, with the first pitch at 7:15pm.