Giants takeaways: What you might have missed in crushing 7-6 loss to A's



It happened again. 

A day after he blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning, Giants closer Trevor Gott gave up four runs, including the go-ahead homer with two outs and two strikes in the ninth. 

Gott's command was off Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler went right back to his closer. On Gott's first pitch with a 6-3 lead, he gave up a solo shot to Sean Murphy. The A's put two on with two outs, and with Sam Selman warming up, Kapler stuck with Gott. On a 3-2 count, Mark Canha, a longtime Giant-killer, blasted a homer into the empty bleachers in left. 

The 7-6 loss was possibly even more stunning than the blown save Friday. The Giants have dropped both games of this Battle of the Bay.

Here's what you need to know from the first eight innings, which were quite enjoyable ... 

Can't Hit the Split

Kevin Gausman threw his splitter 45 times, getting 14 swinging strikes. It was just the third time in the last three years that a pitcher got at least 14 swinging strikes on a splitter, and Gausman has the leading game, too, having gotten 17 in a 2018 start. 

The split went with a fastball that averaged 95 mph, and that was enough to keep the A's off the barrel most of the day. Gausman struck out a career-high 11 in 5 2/3 innings, though he gave up three runs on a pair of homers. Marcus Semien blasted a two-run shot early and Matt Olson crushed a splitter that didn't split in the sixth.

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Familiar Story

The go-ahead rally in the fourth was basically a summary of the Giants offense this season. Austin Slater walked, Donovan Solano singled, and Mike Yastrzemski hit a triple to right, scoring himself when the throw to third got away. The three-run swing gave the Giants a 3-2 lead. 

Solano extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest by a Giant since Angel Pagan went for 19 games in 2016. 

Short-lived Revenge Tour

The only reason -- the only reason! -- anyone noticed that the Giants DFA'd and traded Burch Smith in February was that the deal was the first between the Giants and A's in 16 years. Smith never seemed like a likely bullpen star for the Giants. 

In Oakland, Smith had not given up a run in his first 11 1/3 innings, and he breezed through the best part of the Giants lineup in his first inning Saturday, striking out Slater and Solano.

But the Giants put two on in the seventh and Ruf blasted a fastball into the seats in left. Smith had allowed four hits all season before Evan Longoria, Wilmer Flores and Ruf got knocks in the seventh.

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