Eighth-inning meltdown leads Giants’ comeback win over Athletics

OAKLAND — An eight-run eighth-inning secured the Giants’ 10-5 win over the Oakland A’s on Saturday night, tilting the Bay Bridge Trophy one game toward San Francisco.

Chris Bassitt held the Giants to one hit through his first four innings before Brandon Crawford hit an opposite field solo shot in the fifth.

Down to his final strike in the sixth with a runner in scoring position, Evan Longoria tied the game up with an RBI single. It kicked Bassitt out of the game, he allowed those two runs with five strikeouts and no walks.

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Against Madison Bumgarner last week, the A’s could only muster one run on Stephen Piscotty’s homer. Oakland didn’t fare too much better on Saturday; Mark Canha took Bumgarner deep and flipped his bat to give the A’s an early lead. Matt Chapman hit a 113 mph RBI double in the third inning.

Oakland got to the bullpen in the seventh inning and was able to take the lead again on RBI …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Stephen Vogt returns to rock the Coliseum, Giants win behind monster eighth inning

OAKLAND — Bruce Bochy looked crushed.

As the Giants manager sat in the visitor’s dugout at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday afternoon, he lamented how disappointed he was to lose infielder Pablo Sandoval to season-ending Tommy John surgery.

His expression in the midst of his team’s eight-run, eighth-inning rally was quite different.

Bochy was all smiles as the Giants (64-65) overcame a two-run deficit with their biggest inning of the season in a 10-5 victory over the hottest team in baseball.

Center fielder Kevin Pillar broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double down the right field line and designated hitter Stephen Vogt launched an opposite-field, three-run home run to cap off a furious rally in an inning that featured five different A’s relievers.

After Buster Posey hit a one-out single off former teammate Yusmeiro Petit, six straight teammates followed by reaching base as the Giants created a larger traffic jam on the base paths than the one in the Coliseum parking lot prior to Saturday’s game.

There’s no doubt Bochy and the Giants will miss Sandoval’s infectious energy down the stretch as they did when he tore his hamstring last August, but the 2019 club appears to have more resilience.

This year’s team is less reliant on a core of struggling veterans and instead led by several impressive newcomers including Pillar and Vogt, who have emerged alongside Sandoval as front-runners for the 2019 Willie Mac Award. Both veterans have been key components of an improved offense that should give the team a chance of finishing above .500 in Bochy’s final season.

Vogt received a warm welcome from an Oakland fan base that came to adore him during a five-year run with the franchise that featured two All-Star appearances. A’s fans cheered Vogt before his first plate appearance and Giants fans celebrated him after his last in his …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Police vehicle crashes into San Francisco bus stop

SAN FRANCISCO — A police vehicle crashed into a bus stop at Geary Boulevard and Webster Street in San Francisco’s Japantown on Saturday, but whether anyone was hurt was not immediately available.

On Saturday night police were asking motorists to avoid the intersection, a popular spot among people wishing to cut through Golden State Park.

The accident happened about 5 p.m. Saturday.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said delays of buses on the busy 38 Geary line were likely.

Check back for updates.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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