The two teams from opposite sides of the bay finish up a short interleague set on the diamond. The Oakland A’s are on the road as they close out a brief two-game interleague series with the San Francisco Giants Wednesday afternoon. 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 pitching matchup for Tuesday’s series opener saw Brett Anderson take the hill for the A’s against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 9:45 pm ET.
Oakland A’s Trying to Climb Past Tampa Bay in AL Wild Card Race
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 Tuesday second in the AL West, 10 games behind the Astros: they were two 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.
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— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 11, 2019
Homer Bailey takes the mound for his 24th start overall on the year and his sixth for the A’s after being acquired from Kansas City last month. He comes in 9-8 with a 5.54 ERA, a 1.457 WHIP, 46 walks and 101 strikeouts over 115.1 innings of work on the year. Bailey took the loss in his last start, which came last Wednesday on the road against the Cubs. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits with one walk and no strikeouts in a 10-1 Oakland defeat. Bailey is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, five walks and 12 strikeouts over 17.1 innings in his last three starts. He has a 4-0 record with a 3.57 ERA, a 1.038 WHIP, 12 walks and 42 strikeouts over 53 innings in eight career starts against the Giants. Bailey is 2-0 with a 3.81 ERA, a 1.115 WHIP, five walks and 16 strikeouts over 26 innings in four career starts at Oracle Park.
San Francisco Giants Hoping to Make Move in NL Wild Card Picture
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 Tuesday 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
Tyler Beede gets the call for the Giants for his 17th appearance and 15th start of the season in this contest. He is 3-6 with a 5.61 ERA, a 1.576 WHIP, 36 walks and 76 strikeouts over 78.2 innings of work this season. Beede recorded a no-decision in his last outing, which was a start against the Phillies at home on Friday night. He threw five innings, allowing five runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in an eventual 9-6 Giants defeat. Beede is 0-2 with a 9.22 ERA, a 2.05 WHIP, six walks and 14 strikeouts over 13.2 innings in his last three starts. In his 19th major league appearance and his 17th career start, he pitches against the A’s for the first time. Beede is 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA, a 1.429 WHIP, 17 walks and 37 strikeouts over 36 innings in seven career appearances, six starts, at Oracle Park.
- Athletics are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record
- Athletics are 7-2 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Athletics are 22-7 in their last 29 vs. a team with a losing record
- Giants are 1-5 in their last 6 interleague home games
- Giants are 0-4 in their last 4 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record
- Giants are 0-4 in their last 4 interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record