Yes, the A's got unlucky. Yes, the homeplate umpire was interesting. Yes, the Giants played remarkable defense. And if the game was won on who got the first sacrifice bunt (hint: It was the first out of the game. Let's call him D. Barton. No, that's too obvious. We'll call him Daric B.), the A's would have won easily.
For me, the tone of the game was set with the first out; the A's got a leadoff double from Mark Ellis off Lincecum and Barton bunted him to third. Ellis was thrown out at the plate, and it took two wild pitches and a single by Kouz (who was 3-4 on the night) for the A's to scratch out even one run. The first inning is too early for a sac bunt, even against a great pitcher, and it doesn't matter how often we state this case; it doesn't seem to stop Geren from making Barton the proud owner of the league lead. Obnoxious.
Things didn't really get better from there. Gio Gonzalez gave up two homeruns for his four runs, and Ross gave up another two. The A's would get a garbage run in the eighth, and would put two on in the ninth, but the game wasn't close. Yes, it was Lincecum pitching, but the A's looked every bit the inferior team. The only real silver lining is that they are up against Zito tomorrow, who they have owned in the past.
We do it again tomorrow, Sheets will try to beat Zito, and we'll try not to get queasy at the thought of our lineup.
Enjoy your Friday night!
Giants lead the series 1-0
WP: Tim Lincecum (6 - 2)
SV: Brian Wilson
LP: Gio Gonzalez (6 - 4)
|2 - 6 loss|
|Sun 06/13||1:05 PM PDT|