Bay baseball double-dip: Neither team can help themselves or each other

Giants lose late (again); A's cooled off by another NL squad

John Dickinson
August 07, 2018 - 3:36 pm

John Dickinson

The Giants and A's couldn't help themselves or each other on a day best fit for a split cap circa 1989. On a rare day where the Giants and A’s were both home and an even rarer day both were facing opponents the other is chasing in the playoff race, I headed to both parks to chronicle the days events.

12:34 — Newly elected San Francisco mayor London Breed throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Giants face Astros 

12:45pm — First pitch from Madison Bumgarner to Alex Bregman on a 58 degree afternoon in San Francisco

1:04pm — Madison Bumgarner pitches around a leadoff triple by Josh Reddick to hold Astros scoreless in 2nd inning.

1:13pm — Chase d’Arnaud singles home Brandon Crawford for a 1-0 Giants lead.  D’Arnaud would later foul a ball off his thigh and leave the game.

2:16pm — Steven Duggar sells out on a dive attempting to rob Tyler White of extra bases and misses resulting in a one out triple.

2:17pm — Josh Reddick can’t get White in grounding to first and White is thrown out at the plate by Buster Posey.

2:20pm —Josh Reddick runs wild and steals both 2nd and 3rd base (Reddick was involved in a lot of strange stuff today)

2:14pm — Nick Hundley flips to Madison Bumgarner who tags Josh Reddick out at the plate to end Astros threat on a wild pitch (see above)

2:40pm — Madison Bumgarner ended his day by getting a 7th inning with a strikeout of Alex Bregman for his seventh K of the day.

2:55pm — Giants waste a leadoff triple as Duggar, Pence and McCutchen can’t get Hanson in from third and score stays 3-0.

3:06pm — Tyler White takes Ray Black deep and the Astros take a 2-1 lead over the Giants

3:46pm — Steven Duggar grounds out and the Giants lose 2-1 to get swept in a series where Dereck Rodriguez and Madison Bumgarner combined to throw 14 shutout innings.

4:46pm — Leave AT&T Park after covering Giants clubhouse postgame to head to Coliseum. (Bay Area traffic is no joke)

7:21pm — Did I mention that Bay Area traffic is no joke? It took 2 hours 35 minutes to drive from game to game. TWO HOURS THIRTY-FIVE MINUTES

6:59pm — Before I arrived MC Hammer threw out the first pitch before the ballgame.

7:07pm — Sean Manaea hurls the first pitch to Brian Dozier on a 63 degree evening in Oakland.

7:15pm — The Dodgers take a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Enrique Hernandez.

7:40pm — Austin Barnes extends the Dodgers lead to 2-0 on a squeez bunt to score Chris Taylor.

8:07pm — Cody Bellinger puts the Dodgers up 3-0 with an RBI single scoring Justin Turner. Sean Manaea's night ends just 2 2/3 innings after it begins.

9:22pm — The A's offense awakens as Khris Davis blasts his 32nd home run of the season to cut the Dodgers lead to 3-2

9:41pm — Matt Kemp bloops in a single to score Joc Pederson and give Dodgers a 4-2 lead in the 7th.

9:45pm — Fight breaks out in the stands at Coliseum down third base line but is broken up relatively quickly.

10:03pm — A’s fans lustily boo Manny Machado as he steps to the plate for a fifth time on the night. Machado then laces a double of the left field wall.

10:28pm—Kenley Jansen retires the A's in order and the Dodgers defeat the A's 4-2. Rich Hill beats Sean Manaea.

Results aside, with 41,613 in attendance for the Giants and Astros and 33,654 on hand for the A’s and Dodgers, 75,267 folks paid to watch baseball by the bay on a Tuesday. Pretty impressive.

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