Giants Unable To Hold On Against A's

The Bay Bridge exhibition series moved across the Bay today, but the Giants had no better luck in Oakland. With a few boneheaded defensive moves and too much Jermaine Dye, the Giants fell to the A's in a late inning contest.

With an outstanding beginning and not so great ending of Spring, Dustin Hermanson went to the mound for his final tune-up before pitching for the regular season. The A's countered Hermanson with Mark Redman, also getting his final tune-up before the regular season.

The Giants scored first in the top of the third inning as Redman gave up a walk to Dustan Mohr. Designated hitter, Barry Bonds, singled, and Pedro Feliz knocked Mohr in as the first run with a base hit. Bonds advanced to third on an error by Bobby Kielty, but was stranded as A.J. Pierzynski flied out to end the inning.

The A's promptly came back in their half of the third as Bobby Crosby nailed a dinger against Hermanson, knotting the score. Marco Scutaro hit a solo jack of his own in the fifth, and put the A's ahead. However, the Giants rallied in the seventh as Brian Dallimore singled, advanced on Mohr's bloop hit, and scored on a groundout by Michael Tucker, tying the score up again.

On a few base hits against reliever Jason Christiansen, the A's were able to gain the lead back in eighth. In the top of the ninth, the Giants rallied back as Mohr smashed a solo shot against reliever Arthur Rhodes. Nathan Haynes singled, and came around to score on Pedro Feliz's base hit. Pierzynski capped the rally with a two-run double, and put the Giants ahead by three runs.

In the bottom of the ninth, the A's came back against Felix Rodriguez as he started his outing by walking Billy McMillon and Esteban German. Then came the inevitable. Jermaine Dye smacked a hot potato to put the game in a tie again.

Pierzynski and Todd Linden both collected RBI singles to put the Giants on top again in the tenth. The Giants' rally was started by Pedro Feliz's RBI hit. However, a three-run lead wasn't enough, as Dye drilled a two-run game-winning double to finish the Giants in the bottom of the tenth.



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