Josh Willingham doubles, roars home on error; 'small ball' A's top Giants
The As booked their first victory against the defending World Series champ this season, thanks to the small ball philosophy introduced by their interim manager Bob Melvin. Melvin, who replaced Bob Geren on June 9, lined up again his agile lineup to put pressure on Tim Lincecum, who had been dominant against the As in the previous three matches this season.
AHN Sports Staff
Oakland, CA, United States
June 18, 2011 09:07 am EDT
Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball - National League
Josh Willingham ripped an RBI double and made a gritty run-scoring dash to home plate after a throwing error by Chris Stewart in the third inning and the Oakland Athletics went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 5-2, Saturday at O.co Coliseum.
The A’s booked their first victory against the defending World Series champ this season, thanks to the small ball philosophy introduced by their interim manager Bob Melvin.
Melvin, who replaced Bob Geren on June 9, lined up again his agile lineup to put pressure on Tim Lincecum, who had been dominant against the A’s in the previous three matches this season.
Melvin’s plan worked out for the A’s as Conor Jackson, Scott Sizemore, Coco Crisp, Hideki Matsui and Willingham beat the Giants with patience and speed.
Batting .231 on the season, Willingham put the A’s up by two runs in the third after driving Matsui home on a double and then capitalizing on a throwing error by the Giants backup catcher.
Stewart, called up by the Giants following the season-ending injury of Buster Posey, has been shaky for the Giants recently, giving more headaches to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.
Lincecum (4-5) struggled for the fourth straight start as he surrendered 3 runs and 5 hits over six innings.
Athletics’ starter Graham Godfrey (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings, while Grant Balfour and Andrew Bailey blanked the sluggers in the final two innings.
The A’s (31-40) own a season-best three straight games going into Saturday’s rematch with the Giants (39-31) at O.co Coliseum.
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