Giants snap six-game skid with narrow win over Athletics
Jul 26, 2023, 7:01 AM | Updated: 3:41 pm
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On a night that featured over 40,000 Bay Area baseball fans joining forces for “Unite The Bay” night, the San Francisco Giants picked up a much-needed victory.
San Francisco had lost six-straight games entering play on Tuesday, and many hoped that a matchup against the league-worst Oakland Athletics would provide a boost to a sluggish Giants lineup.
While they might not have put on an offensive clinic, San Francisco was able to claw its way to a 2-1 win over Oakland at Oracle Park.
Thanks to the narrow win, the Giants (55-47) snapped a six-game losing streak and claimed the first edition of this season’s Bay Bridge Series.
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— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 26, 2023
It seemed as if San Francisco could be on its way to another disappointing loss once the Athletics tied things up in the top of the eighth on JJ Bleday’s run-scoring single off of Tyler Rogers.
With runners on first and second base and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Mike Yastrzemski delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI double that gave the Giants a 2-1 advantage.
Once San Francisco was able to hand the ball over to All-Star closer Camilo Doval, it was curtains for Oakland. Doval struck out the side, and Giants fans rejoiced in viewing a win for the first time since July 18th.
Although San Francisco picked up a win over its Bay Area counterpart, Giants manager Gabe Kapler highlighted his team’s struggling offense, citing that there is more work to be done.
“For our team to be successful, we’re going to have to have some more consistently productive at-bats,” Kapler said. “So we’re not where we want to be, but came away with a win tonight. That’s all that matters.”
San Francisco is batting .154 and averaging 1.6 runs over the past seven games. A win is a win, but the Giants are still waiting for the return of its offense.
Giants and Athletics fans “Unite The Bay”
A baseball game took place on the field at Oracle Park, but a different type of display was happening in the stands on Tuesday night.
As the deal to relocate the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas, Nevada, continues to pick up steam, fans of both Oakland and the San Francisco Giants put on a joint display with a similar message to A’s owner John Fisher, an echo of June 13th’s reverse boycott game at the Coliseum:
Sell the team.
The reverse boycott that took place last month featured a season-high 28,000 fans in attendance at Oakland Coliseum, with most wearing green shirts with big block letters across that read “SELL.”
This time, both Giants and Athletics fans sported black “SELL” shirts and started a joint “sell the team” chant during the top of the fifth inning for “Unite The Bay” night.
The Bay unites! A's and Giants fans chant "sell the team" together in Oracle Parkpic.twitter.com/oEfFexKBNG
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Some things are bigger than baseball.
On Tuesday night, Giants and Athletics fans made it clear that although the fanbases have clashed before, Bay Area baseball cuts deep.
The display was a message to Major League Baseball and A’s owner John Fisher: Baseball belongs in Oakland.
Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule
- Tuesday, July 25th-Wednesday, July 26th – vs. Oakland Athletics
- Friday, July 28th -Sunday, July 30th – vs. Boston Red Sox
- Monday, July 31st-Thursday, August 3rd – vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
- Saturday, August 5th-Sunday, August 6th – @ Oakland Athletics
- Monday, August 7th-Wednesday, August 9th – @ Los Angeles Angels