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Baseball and the 4th a natural combo

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) bats with a star-spangled bat during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. Harper homered with the bat and the Giants lost 9-3. The Giants host the Rockies on Monday and look to win their first Fourth of July game since 2009.
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) bats with a star-spangled bat during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. Harper homered with the bat and the Giants lost 9-3. The Giants host the Rockies on Monday and look to win their first Fourth of July game since 2009. The Associated Press

Baseball has long been considered the national pastime, and what’s more national than the Fourth of July? There were 15 major league games scheduled for Monday. Here’s a look at how the A’s and Giants have fared in recent Fourth of July games:

2015

A’s 2, Mariners 0 in Oakland – Kendall Graveman get his sixth win of the season as he benefits from a 10-hit attack against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. Ben Zobrist has both RBIs as an intimate crowd of 18,915 looks on.

Back story: It is the first loss by Hernandez in Oakland in nearly seven years.

Nationals 9, Giants 3 in Washington – Bryce Harper homers with a star-spangled bat and Tyler Moore has four RBIs as Giants starter Madison Bumgarner allows eight hits and six earned runs in his five-inning stint.

Back story: The Giants lose their fifth in a row, part of a winless seven-game trip.

2014

A’s 1, Blue Jays 0 in Oakland – Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera can’t track down Nick Punto’s double with one out in the 12th inning, and Derek Norris scores to end the 4 hour, 5 minute game.

Back story: The teams are a combined 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Padres 2, Giants 0 in San Diego – Eric Stults ends a nine-start winless streak as the Giants manage just four hits in support of Matt Cain, who fell to 1-7, and would make just one more start the rest of the season.

Back story: This was the first game the Padres faced the Giants since being no-hit by Tim Lincecum on June 25.

2013

A’s 1, Cubs 0 in Oakland – Dan Straily allows one hit in seven innings and the A’s get their 50th victory of the season when Derek Norris scores on a passed ball in the seventh. Norris also tags out Starlin Castro at home in the fourth inning.

Back story: Grant Balfour gets his 21st save, his 39th in a row overall, one off Dennis Eckersley’s team record.

Giants vs. Reds in Cincinnati – Is there anything sadder in sports than a rained out game on the Fourth of July? Maybe not so sad if you’re the Giants and have just lost three in a row to the Reds and are 1-9 in your past 10 games.

Back story: The Giants returned home the next day but their misery continued as they lost to the Dodgers 10-2.

2012

A’s 3, Red Sox 2 in Oakland – Brandon Moss has three hits including a home run in the victory over Boston. In three games against Boston, his old team, Moss was 6 for 8 with five RBIs.

Back story: The A’s sweep the Red Sox for the first time May 23-25, 2008, also in Oakland.

Nationals 9, Giants 4 in Washington – Ian Desmond hits his 14th home run of the season and the Nationals beat up on Tim Lincecum, who leaves with one out in the fourth inning after allowing nine hits and seven earned runs.

Back story: Game-time temperature was 94 degrees and featured an 85-minute rain delay in the seventh inning. Can you say crushing humidity?

2011

Mariners 2, A’s 1 in Oakland – Before a crowd of just 15,566, A’s starter Brandon McCarthy loses his fifth consecutive decision as his team manages just three hits.

Back story: The River Cats, the A’s Triple-A affiliate at the time, play in front of 13,455 in a game the same day at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Padres 5, Giants 3 in San Francisco – Pablo Sandoval launches a home run into McCovey Cove and finished a triple shy of the cycle, but it wasn’t enough for the Giants.

Back story: The Padres gain a bit of revenge. The Giants eliminated them from postseason play on the final day of the 2010 season.

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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