AT&T PARK — The Oakland Athletics relief corps came into yesterday’s game a bit tired, and that was evident in the way that the San Francisco Giants were able to score five runs off of them in the seventh inning of what ended up being a 7-1 win for the Giants.
Bu Oakland manager Bob Melvin, however, has more bullpen arms available tonight — arms who the A’s usually depend on in close-game situations. Those arms include set-up man Lou Trivino, about whom Melvin said, “If he’s here all year pitching the way that he’s pitched, he could be considered, I think, for the All-Star game.”
Of course, tonight, that still means Oakland needs some solid innings out of its starter, Brett Anderson (1-2, 5.75 ERA). Melvin said that the team is hoping to have Anderson go at least five or six innings and leave the game with his team leading.
On the mound for San Francisco is Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 6.42 ERA), who has been rumored lately to be available at the trade deadline. In his career versus the A’s, Samardzija is 2-2 with a 7.92 ERA and has struggled against Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien, who is hitting .412 (7-for-17) with a double, a home run and four RBI against the right-hander.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that there is a little extra emphasis placed on this series what with the team heading into the All-Star break and with the trade deadline looming at the end of the month.
“You’d like to think it’s business as usual, and the reason you say that is because you’d like to think that you’re coming out with the same sense of urgency all the series,” Bochy said. “But I will say, we’re trying to finish up on a good note here. You know, you’re trying to narrow the gap, we’re not in first place, so that’s what you’re trying to do is close it a little bit.”
The A’s made a flurry of moves before Saturday’s game, including calling up Franklin Barreto and J.B. Wendelken and optioning Daniel Mengden and Ryan Dull. Oakland also DFAd reliever Santiago Casilla, who had previously played for the Giants.
“Santiago did a great job for us, helped us win some World Series, so something I’ll never forget, such a class guy,” Bochy said. “And I’m sure it wasn’t easy for the A’s to let him go, but I just have great memories of the time that I spent with him.”
Melvin said that Casilla’s walk rate stood out to the A’s, who understand that the reliever is someone who benefits from getting a lot of innings under his belt, something that wasn’t happening in Oakland.
“We think the world of him. He’s a great guy, the guys over there will probably feel it today, too. This guy’s a true Bay Area hero,” Melvin said. “Hopefully he catches on somewhere else where he can get some regular work and perform in the fashion that he expects to.”
A’s second baseman Jed Lowrie left last night’s game with a lower body injury as a result of a collision with right fielder Stephen Piscotty. That means that Chad Pinder will start at second base tonight for Oakland. Still, Lowrie expects to be available tonight.
“I feel good about it because it doesn’t feel worse,” Lowrie said. “I was concerned that I’d wake up this morning and there’d be more swelling, but that didn’t happen. I can still feel it, it’s still sore, but it doesn’t feel worse.”
Melvin said that if he can use Lowrie off the bench tonight, it’s almost certain that he’ll start for Oakland tomorrow. Bay Bridge SeriesDaniel MengdenJed LowrieJeff SamardzijaMLBOakland A'sOakland AthleticsRyan DullSan Francisco GiantsSantiago Casilla