Bay Bridge Series

Game 3

The Bay Bridge Series is in the books.  Games 3 and the Series as a whole both go to the Giants 2-1.  Game 3 featured some pretty good pitching by both teams.  Tim Hudson looked like the guy all Giants fans want to see, his pitches were down in the zone. His five innings of shutout ball on only 58 pitches were classic Hudson, and he even induced a double play with a sinker after the leadoff man got on.  Hudson's great start was supported with a strong performance by the bullpen, including a great inning by Tim Lincecum and an impressive finish to the game by Hunter Strickland.  Javier Lopez started the ninth by allowing first a walk then a base hit.  Strickland came in and struck out the next three guys to shut the door on the A's chances. 

Complete box score to the last game of the series can be found  by clicking here.

Over in the other dugout the A's got a good performance out of Drew Pomeranz but not quite good enough.  He pitched 5 innings and his ERA for the Spring is only 2.38 so he seems ready to attack the regular season.  That was followed by an inning of Barry Zito love.  He might be the only guy that all fans in the stands had reason to cheer for.  Since it has been announced he is being optioned to Nashville to start the season there was no point in giving him another inning of work.  He was followed by three straight relievers who all ended the Spring with ERA's of 0.00!!!  On offense Ben Zobrist and Ike Davis stayed hot and the A's lineup is pretty solid top to bottom.  So the Bay Bridge Series is over, but the regular season starts Monday and the A's look hungry and the Giants are starting to look ready.  I, for one am hoping both teams get off to a fast start.

Game 2  

Game 2 of the Bay Bridge series over and Giants fans can finally take a breath, for at least one night.  The Giants were led by Matt Cain and Buster Posey as they finally played the type of game that Giants fans want to see more of.  I can't say that Matt Cain dominated but he sure looked a lot better than he has so far this Spring.  He threw 4 innings of shutout ball giving up three hits and two walks.  What I noticed is he had good break on the curve again, which tells me the surgery did what was needed.  He looks smooth and comfortable and that is the kind of lead in to the regular season all Giants fans want to see out of Mr Cain. 

Buster Posey came up with two men on in the first and gave every Giants fan in the stands a chance to finally exhale and relax with a shot to center off the A's young starter Kendall Graveman.

Would you like to see a box score of game 2.  Click here

Game 1

The Bay Bridge Series is on!  The Giants and the A's have played game 1 of the traditional 3 game series and it shows the A's are hungry and ready to get started proving they are better than expected, again!  The Giants, on the other hand, have clearly not yet found the magic that catapulted them to last years World Series title. 

In the first game of the year at AT&T Park of the year, the Giants were much like spring so far.  Very slow out of the gate with a little push late, but not enough by far.  Jake Peavy took the ball to start the game and had a rough go of it.  He gave up 7 runs, 6 of them earned, over 3 1/3 innings.  Those numbers are very similar to his previous start against the Mariners, and they bring his spring totals to 1-3 over 5 starts with a less than stellar 8.22 ERA.  Here's hoping he can flip the switch when the regular season starts.  Brandon Belt continues to show his potential this Spring.  He looks ready to attack from the front again.  He  got off to a fantastic start last year before the injuries to his hand and his head cut into a fabulous season.  Brandon Crawford went 3 for 3 and Angel Pagan hit a solo shot to provide the rest of the offense the Giants were able to muster. 

In the other dugout, Scott Kazmir gave the A's another solid performance helping them raise their Spring training record to 22-9.  Kazmir gave up just 1 run on 4 hits in 6 innings with no walks.  His control was spot on with 57 strikes and only 24 balls.  The only damage to Kazmir's night was done on a solo shot to center by Angel Pagan in the 4th inning. 

As far as offense goes the A's look like they have put together a lineup that will do what it needs to do.  If Billy Burns can bring the same fire he has shown in Spring training then the loss of Coco Crisp for two months might not be so hard to handle.  He batted .397 to lead the A's for Spring, but he is far from carrying the team.  Ike Davis is batting .341, Ben Zobrist  is at .327, Marcus Semien is at .300 and with a 3 for 5 night, Billy Butler is up to .296.  The A's are looking like they will have a solid lineup top to bottom and have a chance to contend again.  It is amazing what Billy Beane has able to accomplish on the budget he is given to work with.  If you don't already have your tickets for the Coliseum you better think about it soon.

These kids ended up next to me and were lucky enough to get a t-shirt and a bobblehead each for going to the game.  I wish I had taken a picture when the cotton candy was gone.  The Blue was all over their faces.  It was great to see!  It reminded me of me at that age

Come back tomorrow for more coverage of
The Bay Bridge Series

I will be back tomorrow to talk about game 2 of the Bay Bridge Series.  Until then I will try to watch the replay of the Warriors game.  I missed it because I had to go to the first game of the Bay Bridge Series, like always.

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