It was glorious to hear the roar of the crowd at the new park once again as fans from the East Bay and all over the Peninsula came to the city to enjoy the Giants hosting the A’s. I had nearly forgotten the sound of the live crowd, with all its eccentricities and eruptions.
The Giants – who will end June as they did April and May, in first place in the NL West – have either won or split their last 10 series dating to May 25, matching the Yankees for the longest series record in the majors.
Giants 2, Athletics 0
The Giants league-leading 11th shutout was a gem pitched by Johnny Cueto.
AP said it perfectly:
“Johnny Cueto took the mound in his absolute element — a big, loud crowd back filling the ballpark seats again at last for a local rivalry game. “When I looked around I felt really good,” Cueto said. “Seeing the fans supporting us makes me happy.” And that energy fueled Cueto as he outdueled Sean Manaea, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Oakland Athletics 2-0 in the Bay Bridge Series opener Friday night.
“With San Francisco leading the NL West, the Giants welcomed back a full-capacity crowd at Oracle Park for this rivalry series that is always a top attraction, and the game drew 36,928 fans. The famous Gilroy Garlic Fries stand had a steady line all night that reached back close to a quarter-mile.”
Cueto gave up only five hits over seven scoreless innings, struck out six and walked just one. Jake McGee got his 15th save without incident.
Giants 6, Athletics 5, 10 innings
This was the wild one. The Giants became the first team to 50 wins this season with this one, but it was in doubt til Curt Casali doubled in the winning run in the tenth. Here’s the link to the espn story of this great game.
Giants 2, Athletics 6
I’d like to say that the Giants were gracious to our Yay Area fam across the bay in giving them the win on Sunday, but the truth is the Giants are NOT good against lefties. This is a very serious issue that opposing managers are noticing.
A’s lefty Cole Irvin struck out eight to remain unbeaten in five June starts, as he mowed down the Giants over eight innings. Meanwhile the Athletics took advantage of the Giants’ “experimental starter spot” in the rotation, filled in this instance by the very young Sammy Long, who allowed four hits and four runs in five innings in his second career start.
“The first inning I left a few pitches up there when I was ahead in the count that I wanted down,” Long said. “Left some good pitches over the plate for them to hit.”
The Giants were never really in this one, but try telling that to the 35, 920 fans who were whooping it up with the joy of being back at the yard.
Off to LA to face the Dodgers, who are creeping up behind us in the standings, for a two-game set. Trevor Bauer goes against the resurgent Anthony DeSclafani tonight. The Giants are 50-27 and the Bums are 47-31, just three and a half back. Gotta take at least one.