SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday night, the San Francisco Giants saw their run for the playoffs come to an end after being on the receiving end of yet another one-run game loss.
Just across the bay in Oakland, the 2014 World Series Champions fell 5-4 to the Athletics, who snapped a five-game losing streak. The A’s themselves have already been eliminated from the playoffs.
Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray lead his team over the Giants despite a bothersome left hip. Billy Burns hit a two-run homer in the third inning while Billy Butler hit a solo run on the first pitch at the bottom of the sixth.
The Giants saw home runs by Matt Duffy and Jarrett Parker, the latter of which brought the the score to 4-3 during the seventh inning. Oakland scored once again in the bottom of seventh extended its lead to 5-3 before Duffy scored in the top of the eight.
The Giants were unable to reach base with any of its hitters in the final inning. Kelby Tomlinson was the last hitter to strike out before the inning was cut short and the A’s declared the winners.
This is the third time since the start of the decade that the Giants have missed the playoffs the season after claiming the World Series title, having taken the titles in 2010 and 2012, and been unable to defend them in 2011 and 2013.
The Giants have yet to hit 80 wins this season. The Giants loss, allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the NL West division title for the third straight year.
After finishing out the series, the Giants begin their penultimate series against the Dodgers on Monday.