SAN FRANCISCO — Paul Blackburn and 5 relievers mixed on a three-hitter, making Chad Pinder’s leadoff homer get up for the Oakland Athletics in a 1-0 victory over San Francisco that ended the Giants’ five-game successful streak Wednesday night time.
Blackburn (3-0) allowed three hits in 5 innings, reducing his ERA to 1.35. The right-hander pitched round visitors, inducing three double-play grounders within the first three innings – together with a troublesome 3-6-1 flip to finish the third after the Giants had loaded the bases.
‘Our sport plan immediately was to combine it up and I really feel like we did job of that,’ Blackburn stated. ‘I take pleasure in getting groundballs, it will get you out of huge jams. That’s type of what’s been working for me.’
Domingo Acevedo, Sam Moll, Zach Jackson and Kirby Snead mixed for 3 scoreless innings. Dany Jiménez pitched the ninth and obtained assist from prompt replay for his fourth save whereas serving to the A’s to their second shutout in three video games.
‘The bullpen these first 19 video games has completed an distinctive job,’ Oakland supervisor Mark Kotsay stated. ‘They’ve constructed some confidence by way of this course of. It feels good to have a bullpen with a number of choices that you simply really feel assured with.’
Wilmer Flores appeared to succeed in on an infield single main off the ninth by outrunning first baseman Seth Brown to the bag after a brief grounder. Brown was positioned far-off from the bottom when he fielded the ball, and Jiménez didn’t cowl. Flores was initially dominated protected earlier than the decision was overturned on replay.
Flores walked slowly off the sphere, though supervisor Gabe Kapler stated he was superb after the sport.
Kotsay was grateful the A’s caught a break on the play and evaluation.
‘Thankfully, Brownie had sufficient pace to beat (Flores) to the bottom,’ Kotsay stated. ‘And replay went our manner this time, which was good.’
Pinder got here off the COVID-19 injured checklist earlier than the sport and celebrated by crushing opener Sam Long’s sixth pitch into the left-field stands. The left fielder additionally singled within the third.
Oakland obtained a runner to 3rd within the fifth and seventh however failed to attain. The A’s have been held to 2 runs or fewer in seven of their final 9 video games.
The Giants entered the day main the majors in scoring however went chilly offensively on a cold night time at Oracle Park.
Long (0-1) took the loss whereas working because the Giants’ opener for the third time within the final six video games.
‘When you are getting forward the best way he’s, it is simple to be the aggressor. He’s not on his again foot too typically. He’s not discovering himself in dangerous counts, and a whole lot of baseball is successful counts and flipping at-bats.’ – Oakland catcher Sean Murphy on Blackburn.
Giants outfielder Luis González started the sport in heart, then moved to proper within the fourth and made a troublesome catch whereas battling the swirling wind on Christian Bethancourt’s fly ball. González rotated whereas chasing the ball, then slipped and fell to his knees earlier than making the catch.
Athletics: 3B Kevin Smith started a rehab task with Triple-A Las Vegas. ‘ INF Christian Lopes was returned to Las Vegas.
Giants: Leadoff hitter Joc Pederson was eliminated with proper groin tightness.
Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (2-3, 3.28 ERA) pitches towards the Guardians on Friday. Montas is holding opposing hitters to a .180 batting common this season.
Giants: Following an off day, LHP Alex Wood (2-0, 2.51) faces the Nationals on Friday within the opener of a three-game sequence.
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