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Game Thread #79: A’s at Giants

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Bay Bridge Series continues!

Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s got shut out in the 2021 Bay Bridge Series opener, but they’ll go for another try on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park.

This time they’ll put Frankie Montas on the mound. The right-hander got blown up in his last start by the Rangers, for eight runs, but for what it’s worth he at least managed to pitch into the 6th inning. Before that, he had a 3.39 ERA in his pervious 10 outings, half of which registered as quality.

Meanwhile the A’s lineup will need to make some noise tonight. On Friday they totaled only six hits, and two of those were by their own starting pitcher, meaning the position players only put together four hits against Giants pitching. Oakland is averaging 4.4 runs per game through the first eight dates of their current road trip, but that rate drops to 3.1 if you remove their 13-run outburst last Tuesday in Texas.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  2. 3B Matt Chapman (R)
  3. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  4. 2B Jed Lowrie (S)
  5. RF Chad Pinder (R)
  6. C Sean Murphy (R)
  7. SS Elvis Andrus (R)
  8. LF Tony Kemp (L)
  9. RHP Frankie Montas (R)

No DH in the NL, so Montas will bat.

Giants lineup (home)

  • 1B LaMonte Wade Jr (L)
  • RF Mike Yastrzemski (L)
  • 3B Wilmer Flores (R)
  • LF Alex Dickerson (L)
  • SS Brandon Crawford (L)
  • 2B Donovan Solano (R)
  • CF Steven Duggar (L)
  • C Curt Casali (R)
  • LHP Alex Wood (R)

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