OAKLAND -- It became almost a running joke earlier this season how little run support Jeff Samardzija was getting with the Chicago Cubs, especially when the right-hander had a 1.68 ERA through 11 starts but a 1-4 record to show for it. Wednesday, Samardzija’s new team scored five runs on his start day -- a total they’ve reached only three times in their last 10 games -- but it went for naught in an 8-5 A’s loss to the New York Mets.
OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp’s two-out, bases-loaded triple in the fourth inning on Tuesday night gave the A’s a three-run lead in what had been a 1-1 game. But to a team that had lost five in a row, and an offense that has struggled to come up with clutch hits recently, manager Bob Melvin said it "felt like about 10 runs at the time."
Shane Peterson hit a two-run homer, Colin Walsh had a two-run single, and Jose Martinez collected three hits to lead the River Cats past the Oklahoma City RedHawks 7-4 Tuesday night at Raley Field.
OAKLAND -- The A’s will skip right-hander Jason Hammel’s next turn in the rotation, lining up Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir to start the three games this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels, whom they’re battling for the division. But manager Bob Melvin stressed today that despite Hammel’s struggles since arriving in Oakland, the right-hander remains one of the A’s five starters.
The River Cats suffered their third straight loss, 7-0 to the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Monday night at Raley Field. Sacramento is clinging to a two-game division lead.
Tickets for the five potential River Cats home playoff games are on sale at the Raley Field ticket office and ticketmaster.com.
Ruben Sosa had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run fourth, and Rudy Owens allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks over the River Cats 7-2 Sunday night at Raley Field.
The Giants had a special pregame visitor to their clubhouse Sunday when fan Bryan Stow was wheeled in by third base coach Tim Flannery.
Note: DL-disabled list; R-released; SUS-suspended; REH-rehabilitation assignment; TIA-temporary inactive list.
Jesus Guzman’s sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead run in a five-run ninth inning to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 7-2 victory over the River Cats on Saturday night at Raley Field.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy could sense where the question was going and didn’t even wait for it to finish. Was the Giants’ 10-inning, 5-3 loss on Friday night one of the most difficult this season for the manager to swallow?
Drew Pomeranz and three relievers combined to allow one run and Anthony Aliotti drove in the go-ahead run as the River Cats downed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4-1 on Friday at Raley Field.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Here’s a factoid that should shock nobody: Hunter Pence is in the Giants’ lineup tonight, batting second and playing right field in the series opener against Philadelphia and left-hander Cole Hamels.
Gordy MacKenzie, the longtime minor league manager and coach and scout who had a short stint in the majors as a catcher with the Kansas City Athletics, has died. He was 77.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The ball, off of Joe Panik’s bat, seemed destined for center field. A single might have tied the game. At worst, the Giants would have been down one run in the ninth, with the bases loaded, no outs and the potential game-winning run standing in scoring position.
Alden Carrithers homered and Phillip Humber picked up his fifth win as the River Cats extended their division lead to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday night at Raley Field as the Reno Aces lost.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had a day off Monday to put some distance between themselves and a 10-game road trip that got off to a promising start in New York but ended with the Giants losing their final four games, including a sweep in Kansas City. For one currently inactive player, the day represented a significant step forward, too.
Every Reno starter had at least one hit and all but one drove in a run as the Aces pounded the visiting River Cats 17-4 Monday night.
The River Cats drew a season-high 11 walks and took advantage of six Reno errors to beat the host Aces 15-11 Sunday night.
The San Francisco Giants have recalled first baseman Adam Duvall and put him in the starting lineup for their series finale at the Kansas City Royals.
The As 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday featured two pitching outings that were very much unlike how those pitchers have performed in the past month. One was costly, but the other was nearly encouraging enough to overshadow the loss.
OAKLAND -- It has been a rough start to his A’s career for right-hander Jason Hammel -- he’s 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA going into today’s start against the Twins -- but Hammel is coming off his first win with Oakland, in which he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays five days ago.
OAKLAND -- The As on Saturday night were facing a 24-year-old Twins right-hander in Trevor May making his major-league debut, and experiencing the rush of nerves and adrenaline that typically accompanies such a moment. So it was a little surprising to see leadoff hitter Coco Crisp come up in the first inning and swing at the first pitch that May threw, fouling out.
OAKLAND -- Asked what he knows about the starting pitcher the A’s are facing tonight, manager Bob Melvin shrugged and answered: "Not a lot." It’s Trevor May, a 24-year-old right-hander, who’s making his major-league debut for the Minnesota Twins.
OAKLAND -- Thursday night, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier just missed a three-run home run when his drive off of A’s left-hander Jon Lester hooked inches outside the left-field foul pole. Friday night, with the A’s clinging to a 6-5 lead in the ninth, Twins pinch hitter Josh Willingham turned on a high fastball from closer Sean Doolittle -- and again hooked it just outside the left-field pole, missing a go-ahead, two-run homer by a few feet.
The visiting River Cats beat Reno 4-2 on Friday to end their losing streak at four games and increase their division lead over the Aces to two games.
OAKLAND -- When it was announced that Jonny Gomes was rejoining the A’s as part of the Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes trade, A’s management stressed they were getting back a player perhaps as important as any to their clubhouse dynamic. Manager Bob Melvin today offered an intriguing example as to why.