It was a game of small ball that put six runs on the board, but the Giants were once again on the wrong end of the stick as they dropped their second game to the Oakland Athletics, falling 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Madison Bumgarner started strong, sitting down six straight Athletics, but trouble arose in the third inning, as a mixup in communication between Joe Panik and Hunter Pence allowed Jed Lowrie to get on base. Pence was extra animated at the Coliseum, and waved his arms at the right field crowd after making a nice catch in the following play. If anything, that rallied the troops in Oakland, as a double from Nick Punto led to the Athletics’ first run. Bumgarner was unable to calm the situation, and showed the effects of being rattled as a total of four runs scored in the third inning.
The Giants’ bats continued to stay quiet, with the exception of a home run off the bat of Tyler Colvin. The blast was the first from Colvin since his first home run on May 12 against Atlanta, but in a game like tonight’s, the one run was a bit of an afterthought. Pence bumped his average over .300 as he went 2-for-4 with a double, and Michael Morse and Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 as well.
In spite of the troublesome third inning, Bumgarner was able to last seven innings. In the eighth, he gave up a walk to Derek Norris, who finished the night 2-for-3 with a walk. Once Nate Freiman knocked him in with a double to right field, Bumgarner’s night was done. He ended his night allowing six runs on ten hits, while walking three and striking out another three.
On the other side, Sonny Gray took advantage of a struggling Giants offense, allowing just the Colvin home run on six hits while striking out eight and walking just one. Oakland’s starter lasted seven innings and lowered his ERA to 2.97.
Tomorrow the Giants and Athletics will take their Battle of the Bay to AT&T Park, as Matt Cain faces new Athletic Jason Hammel, who was traded from the Cubs last Friday. Cain, who currently owns a 1-7 record, has given up just two runs over his last 13.1 innings pitched. He’s also been given just five runs of support over his last six outings, so he’ll be hoping for more Giants offense, as well as everyone else.
First pitch at 7:15.