MLB Game Summary - San Francisco at Oakland|
(Monday, May 27th)
Final Score: Oakland 4, San Francisco 1
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run to back
six strong innings from Dan Straily as the Oakland A's took the first of a
two-game set with the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, on Memorial Day.
Straily (3-2) scattered just four hits and a run while tossing 52 of his 78
pitches for strikes. Sean Doolittle faced the minimum in two innings of relief
before Grant Balfour shut the door for his 11th save of the season in as many
"I wasn't here last year for the playoffs but I'm sure that's exactly what it
felt like," said Strailey. "Great energy coming from the crowd and I'm glad we
were able to perform in front of them."
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double for the A's, who have won four straight
and nine of 10.
Madison Bumgarner (4-3) took the loss after yielding all four runs on four
hits while striking out six. He also matched a season-worst with five walks in
6 2/3 innings.
"It doesn't go down as a quality start, but he left the game with a really
good start and that's what we're going to need playing these clubs," said
Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He did all he could."
Bumgarner walked Cespedes on four pitches to open the fourth inning and fell
behind Donaldson 2-0 when the A's third basemen unleashed his eighth homer of
the year, which narrowly cleared the wall in right-center field. The home run
was the first hit Bumgarner allowed.
"I felt like he was locating well early on and really throughout the entire
game," said Donaldson. "He got behind me 2-0 in the count, and I guess he
wanted to challenge me right there to try to get a double play, but I was
fortunate enough to put a good piece of wood on it and hit it out."
Jed Lowrie and Nate Freiman followed with singles, but Bumgarner struck out
the side to avoid further damage.
Buster Posey brought the Giants back to within a run with his RBI groundout to
shortstop that plated Gregor Blanco with one away in the sixth.
Oakland added to its lead with two runs in the seventh on Cespedes' two-run
double off the wall in right. Derek Norris and Chris Young, who had reached
on a single and walk, respectively, came around to score.
Posey drew a one-out walk in the ninth, but Balfour got Hunter Pence to ground
out and Brandon Belt to look at strike three to end the tilt.
San Francisco has lost six of its last 10 ... Balfour has converted 29
straight save opportunities, which is second best in A's history ... Posey
went 0-for-3 and his 10-game hitting streak came to an end ... The Giants were
0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
05/27 23:30:53 ET