Full house beating – Packed coliseum sees A’s trampled by San Francisco

Exactly 40,065 showed up for an Oakland home game, a sentence that seemingly hasn’t been written since the 1980s, the long-gone decade the team celebrates with iconography around every crevice of the green and grey fortress. In a season where sub-10,000 attendance days have been the norm, seeing the Coliseum teem with fans from both sides of the Bay was a welcome change of pace. The East Bay contingent left the unhappier half after the A’s (41-67) dropped the weekend opener 7-3 to the Giants (52-55).

Adam Oller was quite fortunate to exit the first inning with only one earned run to his name. The starter with a 7.68 ERA loaded the bases with two walks and a single, but worked himself out of trouble. The only run he allowed in the first was off a Brandon belt walk. In the second, he gave up another run when Joc Pederson lined a ball into right and drove LaMonte Wade Jr. across the plate.

Both teams spent the next couple innings putting runners on second, but neither club could drive them across. Stephen Piscotty, who up to that point was struggling through an 0-15 cold streak, got his first hit since the team’s series in Chicago, but was not driven in. The A’s left eight runners stranded on the basepaths. Oakland’s scoring punch came in the bottom of the third, when Sean Murphy popped a ball over the infield to drive in Nick Allen from the top of the diamond.

It extended Murphy’s hitting streak to four games and added onto his AL lead in RBIs for a catcher with his 39th of the year. The normally-solid Carlos Rodon threw a wild pitch after that, but rebounded with a strikeout to end the inning with his lead intact. Oller and Rodon continued to duel until the top of the fifth, when Oller finally slipped up.

When the ball left Wade Jr.’s bat, he and the 40,000 at the Coliseum knew the ball was destined to land over the right field wall. The two-run shot ended Oller’s day and gave the Giants a 4-1 lead. The team bashing against Oakland bore little resemblance to the team that had just been swept by the Dodgers at Oracle Park a few days prior. Oller was saddled with his fifth loss of the year, still stuck on one win on the season. Rodon picked up his 10th of the season.

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