Giants Were In Striking Distance But Came Up Short To Red Hot A’s

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Mar 15, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Jake Smolinski (5) singles in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Jake Smolinski (5) singles in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Holding leads is always a concern for the Oakland Athletics, who allowed some runs from the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series. However, the A’s ended up with a 13-11 win before heading back to the Coliseum for the last two games.

There was not much to say about the pitching matchup as both pitchers would be labeled as “average.” Albert Suarez exited in the sixth inning, which was too soon. Kendall Graveman left around the same time and was replaced by pinch-hitter Billy Butler.

The Giants wasted no time. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, as Brandon Crawford doubled to score Angel Pagan and Buster Posey. Despite the A’s cutting the lead in half on Khris Davis‘ 19th home run of the season, San Francisco went ahead 4-1, thanks to Pagan’s ground ball single to right.

Fortunately, there weren’t any major issues with the A’s lineup. The A’s cleared the bases with a two-strike, two-out at-bat. Stephen Vogt hit a double into left center, where Jed Lowrie and Davis scored to make it a one-run game.

Errors definitely affected the Giants. The Giants allowed two runs in the bottom of the fourth. As if that wasn’t enough, Butler hit a two-run single on a ground ball to score Vogt and Marcus Semien for a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Then, Denard Span‘s RBI double tied the ballgame 5-5. Span also put a runner on third base in the process. The A’s bullpen had to find their groove again. Brandon Crawford came through with a bases cleared triple that allowed Jarrett Parker, Span and Posey to score. The Giants went ahead 8-5.

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The A’s took control with a five-run eighth inning. Semien singled to bring home Davis. Jake Smolinski blasted a pinch-hit, three-run homer. Lowrie singled to score Coco Crisp. In the bottom of the eighth, the Giants made it a close-game, 10-8, with Ramiro Pena‘s line-drive single.

The ninth inning was back-and-forth as the A’s scored three runs in the first half and the Giants scored two runs in the second half. But the A’s managed to hold on for a 13-11 win in Game 2.

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The Giants ultimately came up short against the A’s in Game 2. Do you think they could come back to even the series?

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