The two teams from opposite sides of the bay open up a short interleague set on the diamond. The Oakland A’s are on the road as they open a brief two-game interleague series with the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. Oakland took two of three on the road over the White Sox, winning the rubber game by a 2-0 count Sunday afternoon. San Francisco claimed three of four from Philadelphia as they won the finale of that set 9-6 at home Sunday night. The A’s took four of the six meetings between the teams last season, claiming two of three games in both series.
Oakland A’s Pursuing AL Wild Card Spot
Oakland bounced back from a tough loss Saturday to earn the victory in the finale of the set Sunday afternoon, claiming a series win in the process. The A’s entered Monday second in the AL West, 10 games behind the Astros: they were 1.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot. Matt Olson (run, two RBI), Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder each had two hits in the win: Olson’s 23rd homer of the season in the fourth inning provided the game’s only offense. Chris Bassitt (8-5) turned in a sparkling start to earn the win: he threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Liam Hendriks fanned a pair in a scoreless ninth for his 12th save of the year.
More like Chris GAS-IT!
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 11, 2019
Brett Anderson makes his 24th start of the season in this contest for the A’s on the hill. He is 10-7 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.271 WHIP, 36 walks and 67 strikeouts over 133 innings of work this season. Anderson picked up the win in his last start, which came on the road against the Cubs last Tuesday. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in an 11-4 Oakland win. Anderson is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, one walk and 10 strikeouts over 17.2 innings of work in this last three starts. He logs his 11th career start against the Giants in this contest: he is 2-4 with a 4.78 ERA, a 1.408 WHIP, 11 walks and 30 strikeouts over 49 innings of work. Anderson is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, six walks and 25 strikeouts over 33.1 innings in seven career starts at Oracle Park.
San Francisco Giants Hanging in NL Wild Card Chase
San Francisco took three of four from the Phillies to shake off a four-game losing skid and pushed back into the race for the wild card spots in the National League. The Giants entered Monday third in the NL West, 19.5 games behind the Dodgers: they stood 3.5 games behind the second wild card spot. San Francisco got three hits from Evan Longoria (two runs, two RBI) in the game while Scooter Gennett (his second) and Mike Yastrzemski (his 12th) each homered. Conner Menez didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed three runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Will Smith (4-0) blew the save but picked up the win: he threw 1.2 innings, allowing no runs or hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The inning that led the Giants to a 9-6 win:
Kevin Pillar triple for the lead ✅
Closer Will Smith's first career AB, hit and RBI ✅ pic.twitter.com/UbxNNDuBIv
— ESPN (@espn) August 12, 2019
The Giants send their ace, Madison Bumgarner, to the mound for his 26th start of the season in this contest. He comes in 7-7 with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.134 WHIP, 31 walks and 145 strikeouts over 151.2 innings of work on the year. Bumgarner picked up the win in his last start, which came at home against the Phillies Thursday night. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts in an eventual 5-0 Giants victory. Bumgarner is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, four walks and 11 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last three starts. He is 4-2 with a 4.81 ERA, a 1.442 WHIP, 20 walks and 36 strikeouts over 43 innings in seven career starts against the A’s. Bumgarner is 58-40 with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.061 WHIP, 212 walks and 891 strikeouts over 883.2 innings in 135 career starts at Oracle Park.
- Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League West
- Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game
- Giants are 6-0 in Bumgarner’s last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Giants are 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last 4 starts when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game
- Giants are 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last 4 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance