A’s collapsing bats no game for Giants, Rodon in 8-2 loss

SAN FRANCISCO — The offense of a struggling A versus a sizzling pitcher ended pretty much as you’d expect Tuesday night at Oracle Park.

Giants left-hander Carlos Rodon (3-0) kept the A-batters silent during his six sparkling innings, hitting nine batters on his way to victory in San Francisco’s 8-2 win in front of 33,394 fans.

Continuing a trend with starting pitcher Daulton Jefferies on the mound, the A’s offense didn’t do much. Sheldon Neuse’s RBI single in the second inning doubled the run support Jefferies had from four starts.

However, Jefferies didn’t produce on the mound like he had in his first three starts. The former Cal star was touched for four hits and five carries before being canceled after four innings. The right-hander saw his ERA climb from the elite ranks (1.17) to a more modest 3.26 and his record fell to 1-3.

Rodon came out Tuesday with a major league lead of 29 strikeouts and the fourth-lowest ERA at 1.06, mostly battling with A’s batsmen. The White Sox ex-phenomenon allowed just three hits and walked two in his six innings of work. Rodon’s ERA increased slightly to 1.17.

Jefferies, meanwhile, had particular difficulties against the Giants’ Wilmer Flores, who batted in four heats. Flores hit a three-run home run halfway up the stands in left field in the third game to extend a lead the A’s couldn’t break.

Oakland suffered their third loss in four games and will look to recover on Wednesday night when they send Paul Blackburn to the mound in the second and final game of the Bay Bridge Series in San Francisco. The teams conclude the Bay Bridge Series with a two-game set in Oakland August 6-7.

The Giants broke it up against A’s replacement, Jacob Lemoine, when Austin Slater’s triple home run in opposing field in the seventh made it 8-2.

Oakland came into play after having two or fewer runs in five of their last six games, a period when Oakland only 11 runs and a cumulative .190 as a team. Their batting totals show that fighting at the Platte is nothing new – the A’s .209 batting average before they faced Rodon was the last in the American League.

The Giants beat Jefferies first by two runs on the second off. Flores narrowly missed a homer on his first at-bat and hit a drive from the base of the left-center wall to hit Brandon Crawford.

Sheldon Neuse got back on top of third place when his hard-hitting grounder sneaked under the glove of dive shorts Brandon Crawford into midfield and scored second-place Nick Allen.

Oakland added a run in the seventh to move to 5-2 when pinch-hitter Seth Brown drilled a double into the depths of the Triples alley in front of reliever Dominic Leone to hit Cristian Pache from the start.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/04/26/as-slumping-bats-no-match-for-giants-rodon-in-8-2-loss/ A’s collapsing bats no game for Giants, Rodon in 8-2 loss

Joel McCord

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