A's move to within 4 games of wild-card spot after evening Bay Bridge Series

Mark Canha struck the decisive blow with 7th-inning pinch-hit blast

Karl Buscheck
July 14, 2018 - 10:37 pm

Brandon Crawford whiffed the 89 mph slider in the dirt. The Oakland A's poured out of the visitor's dugout at AT&T Park. For the 20th time in 26 games, the A's were winners. This time 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants, evening the Bay Bridge Series at 1-1, on Saturday night.

It's July 14. The A's — the hottest team in baseball — are four games out the second wild-card spot.

Mark Canha was the guy who made sure the A's would secure a win in the penulimate game of the opening half. In the seventh, with the East Bay guests staring at a 3-2 deficit, Canha pinch hit for Yusmeiro Petit. Canha proceeded to slam a 434-foot home run — at an exit velocity of 106 mph. He then dropped his bat, with a flourish, as he stepped out of the box.

"I got on Twitter and got out in front of this a little bit, and I’m sure a lot of San Franciscans are offended by that, and I’m sorry.”

Never mind.

“People getting offended by bat flips is so silly. I’m not sorry. I’m not really sorry.”

Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen, as they've done all year, proceeded to slam the door, combinning for three scorless innings. Petit had proceeded that with 2.2 unblemished frames as the pen covered for Brett Anderson who made it just one out into the fourth before manager Bob Melvin. Five Giants relievers bailed out Jeff Samardzija who teetered through four innings.

On Sunday, before the A's disperse for the All-Star break, Sean Manaea will face fellow lefty Andrew Suarez. 


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