The story was pitching again as the Oakland Athletics defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-1. Jesse Chavez started for the A's and took a no hitter through five and one-third innings. He was promptly lifted after giving up a double to Angel Pagan, but not before striking out five. In middle relief, Fernando Abad struck out Brandon Belt and got Pablo Sandoval to pop out to end the sixth.
Sean Doolittle pitched the seventh, and while his line indicated a good outing, giving up just a single to Juan Perez, his outs were all recorded on deep fly balls. Something to watch. Luke Gregerson got three quick outs in the infield in the eighth.
Jim Johnson came into the ninth. He first got Brandon Belt out on strikes, and almost got Juan Perez to ground into a 5-4-3 double play that was hit just a little too slowly for Alberto Callaspo to turn around the horn. Callaspo did well to get the out at second, however. Johnson proceeded to give up two singles that seemed like BABIP variance instead of cause for alarm. After getting to second on indifference, Juan Perez scored on Joaquin Arias' single. Tyler Colvin got one more hit, and then Hector Sanchez flew out to Sam Fuld in short center field to end the ball game.
For the A's bats, John Jaso hit a big fly off Tim Lincecum to lead off the third that bounced out of the park to the boardwalk in right field. Lincecum would leave the game at the end of the fourth when Daric Barton hit a bases loaded liner into the back of Lincecum's knee. He was assisted off, but x-rays proved negative. The play itself resulted in a 1-2-3 put out to end the fourth inning leaving the bases loaded. Replays indicated that Barton may have been safe, and replay appeal was available, but it appears that given the friendly nature of the Bay Bridge series and the injury to Lincecum, A's manager Bob Melvin elected not to press this challenge.
In the sixth, Dan Runzler entered the game for SF. After getting Callaspo and Reddick to fly out to center, Runzler appeared to lose the plot. Jaso walked, Nick Punto doubled, Barton walked, and then Sam Fuld hit a bases-clearing triple down the right field line.
Every batting position made some positive contribution except the cleanup spot, where Yoenis Cespedes continued to struggle to put the ball in play. Cespedes struck out swinging twice to Lincecum, and then lined out to second and flew to left before being replaced by Billy Burns. Burns struck out to Sergio Romo to end the top of the ninth inning.
The Athletics clinch the Bay Bridge series, and held the Giants scoreless through 17 2/3 innings in the Series. Tomorrow, weather permitting, the A's go for the sweep at the Oakland Coliseum, with a 1:05 start. Tonight, your final score: Oakland 4, San Francisco 1.