Under a beautiful sky of sun, with a gentle breeze, the Bay Area teams--that would be the Giants and the Athletics--squared off in a precursor of the Annual Bay Bridge Series Saturday at Phoenix Municipal Park.
The crowd was a sell out, and though the home field belonged to the Oaklanders, the San Francisco fan base was more than well represented as yellow and green and orange and black were all prevelant colors.
A marquis pitching match-up--between Brett Anderson and Madison Bumgarner--gave a nice preview of the season to come. Anderson was masterful, striking out five over his three innings, while walking just one and surrendering just a hit. Bumgarner, who did suffer the loss was victimized by a first inning throwing error by third baseman Mark DeRosa, as Coco Crisp scored following singles by Daric Barton and Mark Ellis.
Actually, miscues plagued the Giants all day, as the team committed four errors, leading to three unearned runs on the way to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Oakland. With a total of eleven hits, and despite the defensive issues, the game was still efficient, finishing just shy of two-and-a-half hours, fast for a pre-season fete,.
On the Oakland side outfielder Michael Choice contributed a pair of hits for the Athletics, while Giants hopefuls Brandon Belt and Charlie Gillaspie each popped singles (along with Brad Eldred and Miguel Tejada, and DeRosa).