Giants April 8th Baseball  

For the Giants, April 8th baseball is the norm.  By this date the season is on and you can expect to be playing.  One thing the Giants could not expect is that by the third game of the year, they would already be looking for a replacement starter from the farm system.  With 7 potential starters already on the roster, a replacement starter coming up from the minors is the last thing Giants fans expected too. 

Chris Heston, however didn't care about anybody else's expectations.  He was just happy to have been called up to the big club to do the job.  And do the job he did!  Through 6 innings he gave up just 2 unearned runs on only 3 hits.  Not only did he put up those very respectable numbers, but he did so after hitting the first batter of the game with a pitch and throwing a pick-off attempt down the right field line to start the game, he gathered himself and gave the Giants a truly quality start. 

The top of the line up gave the Giants most of their early offense.  Nori Aoki, Matt Duffy, Casey McGehee and Brandon Crawford each provided the Giants with multiple hits and an RBI.  Defensively, Heston gave himself the error that kept that first inning run from being an earned run and the rest of the team was solid behind him and the relievers.

In the ninth, Santiago Casilla came in and shut it down as the Giants take the series and get ready to fly to San Diego for the Padre's home opener tomorrow.  If you want to see a box score for the Giants April 8th baseball game you can click here.

  Oakland A's April 8th Baseball  

Over in Oakland the A's gave the fans all they could possibly hope for.  Scott Kazmir took the ball for Bob Melvin and threw 7 innings of 1-hit baseball with 10 strikeouts  while completely dominating and confusing the Texas Rangers formidable offense.  He threw only 83 pitches  before coming out with a twinge that Bob Melvin says is nothing to worry about.

On offense the A's put up 10 runs total with 5 of those runs coming in the 3rd inning to eliminate most of the suspense this game had to offer.  Recent A's acquisition, Cody Ross looks like he will be playing Right Field (until Reddick returns).  He drove in the second run of the game for the A's in his first at-bats of 2015.  Mark Canha and Brett Lawrie both gave the A's 3 hits.  Canha came within a few feet of having a two homer night, but he only had to settle for 2 doubles and 4 RBIs.  Nice performance for the young man!  Mark Canha had to go to a replay to be convinced he hadn't hit a home run with his first game of the year.  I still think he thinks it was gone. Tyler Ladendorf hit a triple in his debut and the A's cruised to the victory

April 8th baseball is in the books.  If you want to see the box score for this great A's victory you can click here.

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