OAKLAND -- Usually, the advantage goes to the pitcher against the hitters when he's making his debut. That was not the case Tuesday night at the Coliseum, though. Far from it.
The A's jumped all over Giants rookie left-hander Michael Kickham, knocking him out of the game in the third inning and going through five pitchers in a 6-3 Bay Bridge series victory. With Oakland having won the first two of the four-game home-and-home set, the series now moves across the water to AT&T Park.
Rampaging Oakland has now won 10 of its past 11.
Starting pitching report
Jarrod Parker went at least seven innings for the third straight start, after not going that long in any of his first eight outings, and earned the win to improve to 3-6. The right-hander gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four.
Ryan Cook pitched a clean eighth inning, not allowing Chris Young's three-base error on Marco Scutaro's flare to right cost him, and closer Grant Balfour, pitching in a non-save situation, surrendered a one-out solo home run to Hunter Pence -- Balfour's first run allowed in 12 appearances -- but that was it.
At the plate
Derek Norris, who hit a walk-off home run against the Giants last season at the Coliseum, gave Kickham a rude awakening to the major leagues in the third inning. Sitting on a 3-and-1, 91-mph fastball, Norris turned on the pitch and deposited it deep into the left-field seats for a two-run home run, his second homer of the year, to give the A's a 2-1 lead.
Yoenis Cespedes doubled down the third-base line in the third inning to extend his career-high hitting streak to 10 games. Nate Freiman's bases-loaded single in the third scored Cespedes and chased Kickham. And Adam Rosales snapped his 0-for-24 slump with a solo home run to left on a first-pitch offering from Jose Mijares in the eighth.
Josh Donaldson, who doubled, is nine for 15 in his last four games.
In the field
Speaking of Rosales, who was 0-for-his-last-24 after flying out to end the fifth inning with the bases loaded, he did not take the lack of success onto the field. He ended the top of the sixth by robbing Hunter Pence of a base hit. Rosales dived in the hole at shortstop, gathered himself and fired to first to get Pence by half-a-step.
The A's announced a crowd of 35,067, their fifth sellout of the season, and second in as many nights.
Tommy Millone (4-5, 3.80 ERA) has been a much more effective pitcher at night (4-2, 2.78 ER in seven starts under the lights) than in the day (0-3, 6.27) and yes, Wednesday's affair at AT&T Park is an evening affair. This will be the first time the right-hander will face the Giants in his career.
San Francisco counters with Tim Lincececum (3-4, 4.75). The right-handed two-time Cy Young winner has lost four of his last five decisions but he is 5-2 with two shutouts and a 2.17 ERA in nine career starts against the A's.