Game Preview: A's vs. Giants - July 2, 2004

The A's take their three game winning streak into SBC Park for the first of a three game series against cross-Bay rivals, the San Francisco Giants.

Oakland Athletics (44-33), W-3 v. San Francisco Giants (44-34), L-1

Date: Friday, July 2, 2004
Time: 7:15 P.S.T.
Place: SBC Park – San Francisco, CA

Preview: Round 2 of the Bay Bridge Series commences tonight in San Francisco as the Giants won two of the first three games in Oakland. For the fifth straight season, these two teams are around the top of their respective divisions during the interleague series. While the Giants started slow this year, they have won 19 of their past 26 games to take a 2 1/2 game lead over San Diego and Los Angeles in the NL West. Oakland has been up and down this year, but are currently playing well despite a sudden rash of injuries. The A's are coming off of a three game sweep over division rival, Anaheim, while the Giants lost two of their last three games to the Dodgers.

Not counting the four-game World Series sweep in 1989, San Francisco leads the all-time series 21-20. The A's enter tonight's game with five players on the disabled list and four players listed as day-to-day. Three of those nine injuries are bullpen pitchers and two of the injured are part of Oakland's vaunted starting pitching staff. San Francisco has three players on the disabled list and one player, Jerome Williams, listed as day-to-day. Bobby Crosby comes into this series batting .409 in his past 22 at-bats with 2 HR and 6 RBI while Scott Hatteberg is hitting .207 in his last 29 at-bats.

Pitching Match-up:

Oakland – Mark Redman, LHP (6-4, 4.03 ERA)
San Francisco – Kirk Rueter, LHP (3-6, 4.91 ERA)


Kirk Rueter: The Giants lost the game that Rueter started last weekend 8-7 in extra innings as Rueter gave up 5 earned runs in 6.1 innings on 7 hits while throwing 117 pitches. He has lowered his ERA from 5.53 to 4.91 in his last four starts while going 1-1. Rueter has started against Oakland 11 times in his career posting a 5-3 record with a 4.57 ERA. At home this year, Rueter is 1-4 with a 5.00 ERA in 8 starts while averaging 5.2 innings per start.

Mark Redman: Redman's last start was against the Giants on short rest as he only lasted 4.2 innings while giving up 4 runs on 2 HR while allowing 6 hits. On the road this year, Redman is 4-2 in 7 starts with 2.36 ERA and is averaging a little over 7 innings per start. Of the 18 runs Redman has given up on the road, only 13 have been earned.

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