BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The San Francisco Giants took down the Oakland A’s 5-4 to take the Bay Bridge series before a crowd of 47,321 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
Evan Longoria’s three RBI’s led the Giants to a sweep of the two game weekend series in Oakland, enabling them to win the annual crosstown series three games to one as the Athletics fell a 1/2 game off the pace behind Tampa Bay in the ultra competitive AL Wild Card race.
After San Francisco jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, the A’s quickly bounced back with three runs of their own. Mark Canha took a pitch from Giants starter Logan Webb, in just his second Major League appearance, over the right field wall to get Oakland on the board. Back-to-back doubles by Jurickson Profar and Corban Joseph followed by a Chad Pinder single made it four consecutive hits to give the A’s a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the frame.
Longoria wasted no time tying it, blasting a Brett Anderson pitch 414 feet to deep center for his 17th homer of the year. It was also his 1,000th career RBI. The game would remain tied until Canha hit his second home run of the game in the in the fourth to give the A’s a 4-3 lead.
The advantage held up for Oakland until the seventh when a Longoria single off Blake Treinen drove in Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano to give him three RBI’s on the day. Solano finished with a perfect day at the plate, reaching base in all five of his appearances with three singles, a double and a walk. The two runs proved decisive as Will Smith came on to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 30th save of the season.
Following the game, Oakland boarded a flight to Kansas City where they’ll begin a three game series with the Royals tomorrow night. Homer Bailey (11-8, 5.06) takes on KC’s Brad Keller (7-13, 3.95) in the opener. Meanwhile, the Giants will return to the friendly confines of Oracle Park for a brief two game set against the Diamondbacks, with Tyler Beede (3-7, 5.82) facing off against Arizona’s Alex Young (5-3, 4.04) at 6:45pm on Monday night.
After 23 years of inter-league competition, Oakland now owns an 8-5 edge in Bay Bridge season series wins over the Giants with ten ties.
Sunday marked Bruce Bochy’s 4,000th game as a Major League manager, making him just the eighth to accomplish the feat. Next up is Sparky Anderson at 4,030, who Bochy should pass on the final weekend of the season.
Mike Yastrzemski’s eight home runs in August are just two shy of the franchise’s All-Time record for most HR’s in a month. Bobby Thompson hit 10 in 1947, a mark tied by Willie Mays four years later, both while the franchise was in New York. Orlando Cepeda is the only Giants rookie to hit nine homers in a month during the San Francisco era.
With 17 home runs and 47 RBI’s, Yaz is on the verge of becoming just the fourth Giants rookie to hit at least 20 homers while driving in at least 50 RBI in a single season. Only Dave Kingman (1972), Jim Ray Hart (1964) and Cepeda (1958) have accomplished the feat.
Canha’s two home runs extended his season total to a career high 22 long balls.