Oakland/San Francisco over 5 -115:
Game 2 of this Bay Bridge series features Oakland (67-52), who will try to square the series with San Francisco (60-60), after last night’s 3-2 win by the Giants. Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar each hit RBI doubles during a string of three straight two-out doubles by the Giants in the sixth against Brian Anderson, who fell to 10-8 overall for the Athletics. Anderson pitched well allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 IP but just didn’t get much run support. Madison Bumgarner went 7 strong and gave up just a run on 2 hits with no walks and 9 strikeouts, improving to 8-7 overall. Will Smith gave up a run on 3 hits in the 9th, but was able to notch his 29th save in 32 opportunities (91%). Stephen Piscotty hit a solo HR off of Bumgarner for his only blemish. Oakland fell to 4.5 games behind Cleveland for the second wildcard spot and 10.5 behind Houston in the AL West. The Giants trail second wildcard St Louis by 3.5 games.
The Giants send Tyler Beede (3-6 5.61) to the hill this afternoon looking to break a personal 3 game losing skid. Beede has not exceeded 5 innings over his last 4 starts, yielding 14 ER on 32 hits over his last 19 IP (6.63) with 7 walks and 21 strikeouts. Beede faces an Athletics lineup batting just .245 overall averaging 5.1 runs per contest and 7th in the AL with 185 HR. Ramon Loureano (.284 21 58) leads the A’s in batting and is third on the team in HR and second in RBI. Matt Champman (.253 25 65) is Oakland’s leader in power and production, and comes in with a modest 4 game hitting streak (.278). Matt Olson (.254 23 52) is on pace to eclipse last season’s career highs in HR and RBI. Marcus Semien (.273 19 55) is just 5 for his last 27 (.185) but remains a pivotal part of this powerful lineup. Piscotty (.250 12 40) has hit safely in 4 of his last 5 (.333) despite a subpar season well off last season’s career highs.
Oakland counters with Homer Bailey (9-8 5.54 acquired earlier this season from Kansas City. Bailey had put together a couple of respectable starts recently but was hammered in his last outing, a 10-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The 33 year old 13 year right handed veteran lasted just 4 2/3 innings surrendering 7 earned on 6 hits walking one and not striking out a batter. He faces a Giants lineup batting a paltry .239 collectively averaging about 4.3 runs per contest and 14th in the NL with 126 HR. Kevin Pillar (.258 15 61) leads the Giants in batting average given enough plate appearances, as well as power and production. Given the unfriendly confines of Oracle Park, those rankings should come as no surprise. However, Pillar is batting .463 over his current 7 game hitting streak, and will look to extend it this afternoon. Mike Yastremski (.266 12 38) is hitting .338 over his last 6 games, and has had a successful rookie season, of course grandson of legendary HOF’er Carl. Pablo Sandoval (.269 14 41) unfortunately went on the DL with bone chips in his right elbow, a potentially glancing blow to the Giants’ wildcard hopes. Evan Longoria (.249 14 44) has been slowed by injuries for a good part of the season, but has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games (.400). Buster Posey (.255 6 33) also has been hit hard by the injury bug, but has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 overall.
We get a fair price this afternoon at Oracle, a venue where the ball certainly carries much better in tail end of day series. Sunny conditions with highs in the 80’s and light winds will be the rule this afternoon as both of these clubs remain strong in the wildcard mix. Bailey for the most part has been up and down all season and has needed to rely on ample run support as evident by his high ERA. Beede look to end his sliding ways and is in search of a quality start, but given the way both of these hurlers have pitched over their last few starts, we could see a lot more offense today than last night’s opener. We look to end a 3 game losing streak and desperately need a mark back in the win column this afternoon. Best of luck however you play!