SAN FRANCISCO – A trip to AT&T Park can always put a damper on the A’s good times.
Their run of dominant starting pitching ended and they saw their six-game win streak halted in Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat to the Giants.
Everything went the A’s way during two victories at the Coliseum in which they outscored the Giants 11-1. With the scene shifting across the Bay, the momentum shifted with it, as Oakland lost for the 13th time in its last 15 games at China Basin.
Right-hander Jason Hammel (0-1) labored in his A’s debut, allowing three runs (two earned) and three walks and needing 99 ptiches to get through five innings. His night included an element of the bizarre too, as the training staff visited him in the fifth inning for what looked to be some sort of cramp in his left (non-throwing) thumb.
Cameras caught Hammel’s thumb bent forward at an almost 90-degree angle as he tried stretching it out and getting it loose. He stayed in the game and got an inning-ending groundout but was replaced by Eric O’Flaherty to start the bottom of the sixth.
Starting pitching report
Hammel wasn’t terrible,but he wasn’t sharp either, and his outing ended a streak of six starts in a row in which A’s starters had gone six or more innings and allowed one run or less.
He gave up a run in the second, and then another scord on Buster Posey’s RBI single in the third to make it 2-0. The A’s trailed 2-1 when Hammel piped a 1-2 fasaball to Hunter Pence, which Pence launched for a homer to dead center.
Hammel, who came over With Jeff Samardzija in Saturday’s trade from the Cubs, walked three, just the second time all season he’s walked as many as three in an outing.
O’Flaherty gave up two runs in the sixth,the first runs he’s allowed in three innings since coming off the D.L. One of htem scored on a wild pitch.
At the plate
The A’s managed just five hits. The bright spot: Stephen Vogt homered to right off Matt Cain in the fourth to close the gap to 2-1.
In the field
The Giants got their first run in the second on a play where Joe Panik’s single bounced off the glove of left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, allowing Gregor Blanco to score all the way from first. Cespedes has thrown out a couple runners after letting similar balls get away from him. Not this time, as his throw home was off the mark.
The A’s were within a run, 3-2, in the bottom of the sixth when Pence came up with two runners on. He grounded a ball up the middle that both Jed Lowrie and Alberto Callaspo converged on. Neither could keep it in the infield, and Panik scored from second to make it 4-2. Brandon Crawford scored later in the inning when O’Flaherty bounced a curve for a wild pitch.
Attendance was announced at 41,427.
The Bay Bridge series wraps Thursday at 12:45 p.m. with the best pitching matchup yet. Scott Kazmir (10-3, 2.53) goes up against Tim Hudson (7-5, 2.53).