Giants unable to hold off A's

In the first Battle of the Bay exhibition game, the Giants had a promising two-run lead, but were unable to come back after the A's scored three runs in the sixth inning.

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's sent their two projected #5 starters to the mound today. Dustin Hermanson pitched sensationally for the Giants, but Rich Harden was having some trouble with his command.

Hermanson's Spring ERA stayed at 0.00 after today's four innings shut-out. The Giants' offense got started early as newcomer, Dustan Mohr, picked up his first two RBIs with a ground rule double that bounced over the outfield fence in the third inning when the bases were loaded. In the same inning, the bases were loaded again as Yorvit Torrealba followed Mohr's hit with a walk. However, with Harden knocked out of the game, reliever Chris Hammond quickly struck Cody Ransom out to end the inning.

When Kevin Correia came into the game for Hermanson, he was having trouble with his control. In the sixth inning, he gave up three runs on two sacrifice flies to Adam Melhuse and Mark Kotsay. Esteban German knocked in the go-ahead run to put the A's up for good.

Oakland posted two more runs on the board in the ninth as the Giants' Chris Gissell allowed an RBI triple to Eric Byrnes and a double to Marco Scutaro.

The Giants were trying to come back in their half of the ninth as Tim Hutting doubled and was knocked in by David Doster's single. However, that was all the offense they could muster and dropped the Giants' record to 2-7-1 this Spring.

Notes: Lefty reliever, Chad Zerbe, pitched in his first game this Spring after having to attend to family matters at home in California... The Giants will be splitting their team into two squads to play the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs tomorrow. Jerome Williams will start in the White Sox game, and Jason Schmidt in the Cubs game.

March 13, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 5 10 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0

WP Justin Duchscherer(1-0), LP Kevin Correia (0-1), S Wayne Gomes (1)



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