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Game Thread #51: Oakland A’s vs. San Francisco Giants

Bay Bridge Series, The Sequel ... BEGIN!

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Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

For the third time since its invention, The Bridge Trophy is at stake. The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants have each held it once, with the Giants currently in possession. This weekend will decide its home for the next year.

Most likely, that destination will be Oakland. The A’s already swept three games at Oracle Park in San Francisco a month ago, so they only have to win one out of three at the Coliseum in this series to clinch — it could happen tonight. But they do have to win at least one, as the tiebreaker goes to whoever wins the final game so a Giants sweep would retain the hardware in the City.

Speaking of clinching, there is a more important version of it that the A’s hope to do this weekend, though it can’t happen yet on Friday. Their magic number is four for the AL West over the Astros, and they can take another bite out of it tonight in the series opener against the Giants.

Oakland calls on Chris Bassitt to start. The right-hander has the best ERA in the rotation by more than a run, at 2.92, but he’ll have to contend with a Giants lineup that has a monster 133 wRC+ over the last 30 days. He hasn’t faced San Francisco in either of the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, the Giants turn to Logan Webb. Last time Webb started against the A’s, they scored 15 runs, though only three went on his own record. Still, not a great omen for the right-hander.

First pitch is 6:40 p.m., with the following options to watch or listen:

  • TV: NBC Sports California
  • Radio: 960 AM
  • Online video stream: fuboTV
  • Online audio stream: iHeartRadio

A’s lineup (home)

  1. DH Tommy La Stella (L)
  2. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  3. RF Mark Canha (R)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. 3B Jake Lamb (L)
  6. C Sean Murphy (R)
  7. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  8. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  9. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  • Chris Bassitt, RHP

Same names, slightly different order.

Giants lineup (away)

  1. LF Alex Dickerson (L)
  2. 2B Donovan Solano (R)
  3. 1B Brandon Belt (L)
  4. DH Wilmer Flores (R)
  5. 3B Evan Longoria (R)
  6. SS Brandon Crawford (L)
  7. RF Darin Ruf (R)
  8. C Joey Bart (R)
  9. CF Mauricio Dubon (R)
  • Logan Webb, RHP

Since we last saw them, they cut Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence. But they brought up top prospect Bart.

Let’s Go Oakland!