Jarrett Parker makes home run history as San Francisco Giants win Battle of the Bay

By Toni Cecchetti
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Sep 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Jarrett Parker (47) celebrates with a teammate after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1 

We learned a couple of things from the San Francisco Giants game Friday night.

One: Yogi Berra is a genius. OK, we already knew that, but when he said “it’s like deja vu all over again,” he could have been describing Friday’s game because that’s exactly what it was. Friday night’s score was the third consecutive game that the Giants lost with a score of 5 to 4. Note to the baseball gods…cute, real cute, very funny. We are highly amused.

The Giants scored first Friday night, but I didn’t get too comfortable, I’ve heard the A’s have a bad habit of coming from behind late, although they didn’t bother to wait that long Friday night.

The A’s version of the killer B’s, Billy Burns and Billy Butler , hit home runs that gave them the lead.

That brings me to the second thing we learned:  the Giants have rookie pop. Big time. Oh, I think we already knew that too, but I don’t think we realized how much rookie pop we have. This whole series has given us an even better idea than we already had, of the amazing job our minor league coaches, managers and scouts are doing.  Matt Duffy hit a home run in the first €“with Kelby Tomlinson on board after reaching on a fielder’s choice, scoring two. The Giants would add on two more before the night was over.

There was a little more rookie pop in the seventh with Jarrett Parker‘s solo home run, tying the score and putting the Giants back in the game. The A’s weren’t having any of it though. In their half of the inning the A’s cobbled together some base hits in response, scoring a run and putting the A’s back on top.

The Giants tried again in the eighth, and succeeded, Giants style. Matt Duffy got the ball rolling, he got on board with a fielder’s choice and moved over to second when Brandon Crawford ground out. Duffy scored on Marlon Byrd‘s single, putting the Giants to within one run. But that’s as far as we got. The final score was: Giants 4, A’s 5

Our rookies are going to give the big shots a lot to think about as they gather ’round the hot stove this winter. Do you see what we Giants fans have to look forward to? The future is so bright we’re gonna need bigger sunglasses.

Next: Game 2