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  • Writer's pictureHugo Traverso

Harrison Propels Oakland to win against the Giants

A's 2nd Basemen Josh Harrison went 2 for 4 last night against the San Francisco Giants at the Oakland Coliseum. The A's were coming off a hard road trip in Chicago against the White Sox. The White Sox beat out the A's 3 games to 1 to win the series. The A's also lost their ace Chris Bassitt due to a face injury (He got hit in the face by a comebacker (He is going into surgery soon)) during the series. The Giants won 2 of 3 games in their last series which was against the Mets. The Giants came into the series at the top of the National League at 78-43, and the A's came into the series in 2nd in the AL West at 69-53.

The Giants had Alex Wood on the hill while the A's had James Kaprielian starting. Everyone knew this 4th game of the 2021 Bay Bridge Series would be fun to watch. The Giants won the first 3 game series of the 2021 Giants v. A's matchup at Oracle Park 2 games to 1. Wood was 10-3 while Kaprielian was 6-4 coming into the game. Both pitchers were electric through the 3rd inning, but in the bottom of the 4th, the A's got into a rally. Jed Lowrie walked and Yan Gomes doubled putting 2 runners in scoring position for 2B Josh Harrison who had been on a hot streak at the plate. He was up with 1 out and on the first pitch, he lined a ball into Right Centerfield bringing in both Gomes and Lowrie. On Yaz's (Mike Yastrzemski) throw home, he made a heads up play and ran to second safely. The pitch he hit was an 84 MPH slider. Here is the location:

A heat chart of base hits by Josh Harrison per White circle is where the ball was hit

The Giants responded with a towering 401 foot solo homer from Yaz to make it 2-1. Jake Diekman was brought in to pitch for Oakland in the 6th, and he retired the Giants in order. The Giants brought in Zach Littell to pitch in the 6th and he retired the side. The A's kept Diekman in in the 7th for one batter before bringing in former Giant and World Series Champion Yusmeiro Petit, who closed out the 7th for them. The Giants kept Littell in and he walked Chad Pinder to start the inning, but Mark Canha came up and grounded to second. Luckily, Canha was able to reach base while Pinder was thrown out. Canha then moved to second on a wild pitch before Starling Marte hit a lined double to right, scoring Canha. The Giants then brought in reliever Jose Alvarez, who had a throwing error that brought home Marte to give the A's a 4-1 lead. Ex-Giant reliever and World Series Champion Sergio Romo was brought in to bang the drum and hold the Giants in the 8th. Alvarez held the A's in the bottom of the 8th, and Lou Trivino came in for the A's in the top of the 9th and closed it out for the A's. The A's won the game and got their 70th win, 4-1.

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