Saturday, February 25, 2017
A's Outlast Crosstown Rival Giants in 7 Games
Oakland beats San Francisco in 7 games. Close, low scoring series with 4 one run games. As they did in the divisional round the A's come back from a 3-1 series deficit. A summary of the series:
Game 1: Oakland wins 5-2. SF jumped to an early lead on a Yasiel Puig double, but the A's scored single runs in the 4th thru 8th innings. Austin Jackson recalled memories of past playoff glory with a pinch-hit triple. Jake Arrieta pitched 6 ok innings before 5 OAK relievers LaRussa'd the Giant bats to close out the win.
Game 2: SF wins 1-0. Max Scherzer and and three RP's hold the A's scoreless, Coco Crisp had an RBI double.
Game 3: SF wins 4-3. Thanks to another Austin Jackson triple and RBI hits by Kyle Seager (the original Seager brother) and Mike Morse the A's jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Giants scored 1 in the 2nd and 3 in the 4th to win again. Chris Coghlan doubled twice and drove in 2 for the Giants.
Game 4: SF wins 3-1. Morse homered to give the A's another early lead but Adam Wainwright and 3 relievers held the A's scoreless the rest of the game. Craig Kimbrel saved his 3rd game in a row.
Game 5: Oakland wins 3-2. The A's again jump out to an early lead but manage to hold on this time. Kemp and Morse homer for the A's runs, Arrieta goes 8 innings, Scott Atchison gets the final out for the save.
Game 6: Oakland wins 4-3. The A's scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings, Giants had a 3 run rally in the 5th. In the 9th the A's loaded the bases on a single, error, and walk, Craig Kimbrel then walked Matt Joyce to give the A's a literal walk-off win.
Game 7: Oakland wins the final 2-0. Morse drove in the only runs with a double in the 3rd inning. The Giants had baserunners on throughout the game but could not come up with a clutch hit. Carlos Carrasco pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief for the win.
Series MVP: Oakland - Mike Morse 10 - 26, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 2B.