Hey, at least the Giants got a run tonight.
Tyler Colvin’s solo homer in the seventh inning was the lone positive moment in yet another uninspiring performance by the Giants, who fell to the A’s 6-1 on Tuesday night.
As is the norm lately for both clubs, the A’s took advantage of miscues and rode their pitching to victory, while the Giants squandered opportunity after opportunity and dropped their fifth game in seven days a.
The A’s scored four times in the third inning, and it all started when Joe Panik couldn’t get out of Hunter Pence’s way on a pop fly to shallow right, allowing Jed Lowrie to reach first. Nick Punto doubled in Lowrie, Coco Crisp knocked in Punto with a single, and then he went to second after Gregor Blanco’s throw to the plate missed the cutoff man. As a result, Crisp was able to steal third and score on a broken bat single by Yoenis Cespedes.
See where I’m going here? The Giants didn’t commit any errors in the plays mentioned above, but their two subtle mistakes – Pence getting distracted by Panik and dropping a fly ball and Blanco missing the cut-off man – led to a four-run rally by the A’s, which was more than enough run support for Sonny Gray.
Gray threw seven strong innings, allowing just one run on six hits, striking out eight. The Giants got their fair share of hits with eight on the night, but were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Bay Bridge Bites
— Angel Hernandez was behind the plate tonight and … let’s just say it was a rough night, even for him. Besides the incredibly inconsistent and wide strike zone, which infuriated pitchers and hitters from both teams, Hernandez called a balk on Jean Machi in the eighth, allowing a runner to go from second to third. Machi was visibly upset and started yelling at Hernandez, prompting Buster Posey to get up and try to calm the situation. Hernandez then yelled, “Don’t push me” at Posey, although it’s downright ludicrous to imagine that Posey was trying to start an altercation with the umpire.
Bruce Bochy then went out and argued unsuccessfully, then sat down in the dugout just in time to watch the runner from third score on a single by Alberto Callaspo for the A’s sixth run.
I swear Bochy must be aging five years per game at this rate.
— Some numbers to visualize the Giants’ freefall:
Giants started 42-21, averaged 4.4 runs scored & 3.4 runs allowed per game. Since then: 7-20, 2.8 runs scored & 4.6 runs allowed per game.
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) July 9, 2014
— Even their All-Star pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, isn’t immune to the swoon. He allowed 10 hits and six runs in seven innings tonight, and this has been par for the course recently. After allowing just 16 earned runs from May 4 through June 22 (10 starts), he’s allowed 15 earned runs over his last three starts.
On the bright side of the rowdy fan thread below, it was fantastic to see that Bryan Stow gets $18,000,000 from the Dodgers, and the two tools that mopped him in the parking lot. Not Justice, but at least something for a die hard Giants fan who saw the wrong end of idiot pseudo 'fans' bad behavior gone too far.
Regardless of who starts these fan scrums, let it be a reminder for all pickled idiots to keep it from turning ugly. Oakland, Giants Stadium, that cesspool in LA....keep it at words. Its a game, and ou are not even playing.
A quote from the trial "Dodger Stadium created a culture of violence, and beer sales were off the charts"...
Monday Night was fun; both teams fans yelling cheering good vibes.
Last night took a nasty turn. Blood in the water. Morons in green taunting Giants fans ( including me and my kids ). Blame it on the alkeehaul. Raider Nation slobs. Although to be fair, if the roles were reversed there were plenty of pseudo tough guy Giants fans who would've piled-on.
Pence was great, he won over all the A's fans down the RF line and bleachers. I love that guy. Panik is a good kid but he's not ready for the show.
Yeah, it was the umps fault, that's the ticket.
Problems with Angel Hernandez and the Giants go back to the 90's, and I remember Ted Robinson going on a diatribe about his terrible calls and strike zones. Kuip has called out Hernandez more than once over the years too. He is responsible for a litany of egregious calls, and prickly responses when players get mad. He got Bum off his game, and Bum not backing up the plate showed how much the strike zone got in his head.
It is not the fault of the umps, but any extra obstacle is proving to be devastating, in an already crushing free fall. Coco Crisp has more life, and spring in his step, in one trip around the bases, than the whole Giants team has.
I love Pence for taking on the right field fans, and giving them the "I can't hear you". At least he was fired up.
Panik looked petrified, and shell shocked after the confusion with Pence, that led to the A's opening it up. Not sure what to expect form Scutaro when he's ready, but a steady veteran presence will be nice, and will help Panik to get some time to acclimate from the bench. Thrown in the fire
Thankfully the Dodgers are playing the Tigers.
As far as the game goes, bleh, another tough loss for the Giants to the A's tonight. Mad Bum pitched well, and I got to give the A's credit, they got the hits when they needed them, but the Giants didn't hit well once again tonight, even though Colvin's HR was impressive! Sonny Gray pitched well for the A's tonight. It would've been nice to see the Giants get a win in Oakland, but it sadly didn't happen.
But yes, tough loss for the Giants tonight. Hopefully things change for the Giants when this series switches to AT&T Park tomorrow night and Thursday.
You do hate to have to blame the umps but, Angel Hernandez, really did screw this game up for the Giants tonight. His strike zone was off, and he made things tough for the Giants all night really.
I agree with Duane Kuiper that he doesn't belong in the big leagues. Honestly, I hope this guy never umps another Giants game this season! This guy is one of the most hated/disliked umpires in baseball.
@Slam Thanks for adding the to be fair part, because you KNOW that Giant fans can be just as bad.
And why the shot at Raider nation? I am assuming you're a niner fan...in the last few years, its YOUR team that have had the violent drunken/drugged up wannabe gangster fans. The Colisseum is way safer than the stick. Its good that vermin will be priced out in your new stadium, and will be back to the white wine sipping corporate execs.
@Eric I have a feeling that when Scutaro returns. Panik will be sent down to the minors. It seems that Bochy likes Hicks and Arias and would prefer for them to be the backups.
@Otis Byrd III A's fans will be the first to tell you Angel is schmuck. He's screwed over the A's waaaay more egregiously before. But the strike zone was off for both teams.
Can't really blame the umps when you score 1 run in two days, and give up 11.
@ricoj175 @Slam I'm Giants / Raiders, which I know is not normal. I bought a PSL in '95 and went to every single game leading up to the Gruden era, then bailed in '07 in the dark days of Art Shell. I love the Silver and Black but saw the worst of Raider fans up close.
Last night had that bad energy.
And YES the new thug Niner fans are horrible. I was at the last 49ers-Raiders preseason game, and the tailgating was like a prison yard, but Raider fans were right there mixing it up too.
@T Scutaro might be returning by the end of July. So far, Scutaro is 1 for 7 (.143) in his two rehab games. Once his average in rehab goes up to .150, he should ready and be a great fit for this team.
@T Giants lost a 91/2 game lead faster than any team in the history of baseball. History... 7-20 in the last 27 is the worst mark in MLB this season, % wise, bar none. Time to make some roster changes when Scutaro returns.
There is zero reason to keep Hicks on the team. Arias is versatile, Hicks plays one position, and is batting .164 w a .284 OBP. If you keep him, you are accepting mediocrity, and a continuance of the above statistics.Hicks is absolutely useless.
There is a solid chance the Dodgers are about to get David Price to add to the rotation. Any trade to get a player of close caliber...or a good 2B/OF is going to involve Susac, Ty Blach, and/or Crick in any trade. Worth it? Not if you value the only chips in the minors the Giants have.
They are more or less stuck with this team, and maybe limited small trade help. a good fielding utility 2B, batting .240 can be grabbed for almost nothing. That alone would be heading for an almost 100 point better BA than Hicks. Time to cut bait...
@Slam Me too. Ha ha! nice on the .150 part. I really hope...for Scutaro and the Giants...that he comes back healthy and productive. A great guy, and a big hole up the middle.