AT&T PARK — Ryon Healy connected on his 20th home run and Daniel Gossett delivered the most impressive start of his young career as the Oakland A’s cruised past the San Francisco Giants, 6-1, on Wednesday night.
For Healy, the two-run blast, which traveled some 405 feet, marked his first homer since June 28. The drive gave the guests and 4-0 advantage in the third inning and put Gossett on his way to his second major league win.
“A major league pitcher, when he’s on and hitting his spots, they’re tough and he pitched a good game. I’ll give him credit,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t swing the bats a little better, though.”
The 24-year-old rookie didn’t even allow a hit until the fifth inning, surrendering only three on the night as he produced seven innings of one-run ball. Gossett also tallied five strikeouts while walking a pair of Giants.
“We were off tonight,” Bochy said. “I don’t know what it was. We had such a good game last night and I thought we’d be swinging the bats again, but he went in and out. We didn’t hit that very many balls that hard off him.
Gossett’s counterpart, Matt Moore, who gave up the aforementioned home run to Healy, worked five innings, letting in four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four.
“I thought he mixed up his pitches well, using all of them very well the last couple of innings, but the damage was done,” Bochy said. “We were down four runs there, but he’s been throwing the ball well. I’ve been very encouraged where he’s been the last couple starts.”
The left-hander could have fared better with a little help from his defense. Oakland grabbed a pair of runs in the first thanks in part to Denard Span who leap at the track, missing Matt Chapman’s fly ball and allowing it to fall for an RBI double. Ryan Lavarnway tacked on a second run with a groundout.
“I didn’t think it was going that far,” Bochy said. “The wind, I think, was just blowing toward center field and just carried it more than any of us, including Denard, thought there.”
Casilla ends the night
Santiago Casilla, a three-time World Series champ with the Giants, worked the ninth against his old club. The erstwhile closer induced a fly out from Brandon Belt and groundout from Buster Posey before walking Brandon Crawford. Casilla then struck out Hunter Pence to end the contest.
The green and gold invade McCovey Cove
A’s president Dave Kaval showed up at the game in a boat.
The exec wrote on Twitter that his “armada,” which cruised into McCovey Cove, included the whole front office. Kaval told MLB Network Radio that the flotilla was 10 strong and said on NBC California that the team had planned ahead so that all the boats in the cove belonged to the A’s.
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