Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games

May 20, 2011, 10:08 pm
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May 20, 2011

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Zack FarmerCSNBayArea.com

As Bay Area fans know well, the Giants and As have played some great games over the years. Here is a collection of the top five Bay Bridge Series games in the history of interleague play:

June 26, 2004
Oakland 8, San Francisco 7 (10 innings)
With the A's leading 7-3 in the ninth, newly acquired Octavio Dotel entered the game to close it out. But it wouldn't be that easy.

Following a walk to Barry Bonds and a single by Pedro Feliz, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run home run to right, making the game 7-6. A sacrifice fly by Michael Tucker tied the game and forced the matchup into extra innings.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Marco Scutaro singled home Bobby Kielty for the dramatic 8-7 win in Oakland.

June 24, 2006
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7
The Giants trailed by two heading into the bottom of the ninth against A's closer Huston Street.

Mark Sweeney led off the inning with a single. Street promptly walked Barry Bonds to put the tying runs on base for Ray Durham.

Durham, instead of simply moving the runners over, blasted a three-run walk off home run into the arcade atop the right field wall.

The Giants overcame a five-run deficit and poor outing from starter Jamey Wright. Bonds hit his 719th career home run in the first inning.
June 28, 2003
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7 (10 innings)
Oakland took a six-run lead in the top of the fourth inning only to see the lead evaporate in the bottom half.

The six-run barrage by the Giants began with a solo home run from Barry Bonds and ended with an RBI single from Marquis Grissom, scoring Edgardo Alfonzo.

The game went to the 10th inning where Pedro Feliz emerged as the hero when Neifi Perez scored on his RBI single to end the ballgame.

June 29, 2003
Oakland 5, San Francisco 2
Eric Byrnes could not be stopped on this day.

Brynes hit an RBI double in the second inning and followed it up with a solo home run in the fifth. But Byrnes was not done.

Having already hit a single, double and a home run, Byrnes entered his ninth inning at bat needing only a triple to complete the cycle. And he got it off Felix Rodriguez as the Giants and A's faithful in attendance rose and cheered.

The Oakland left fielder became the 16th player in team history to hit for the cycle.
May 20, 2006
San Francisco 4, Oakland 2
Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with No. 714 in the second inning but Bonds was not the hero of the day.

A single by Ray Durham followed by a sacrifice fly by Steve Finley plated two runs in the 10th inning, giving the Giants the 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Jason Schmidt went 8 13 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

The A's tied the game in the ninth on a single by Jay Payton and forced extra innings.

Honorable mention:
May 22, 2010: Gio Gonzalez and Matt Cain each threw eight innings with no earned runs. The A's won 1-0 on an unearned run in the third inning.

June 8, 2007: Shannon Stewart hit a single, driving in two in the 10th to give the A's the 5-3 win in San Francisco.

June 12, 2009: Tim Lincecum threw a complete game shutout, while striking out eight in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the A's.

Zack Farmer is an intern with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.