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 starting pitcher Chris Heston (53) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3

Another game that started with the Giants jumping out front. I should have been wary of that, considering, like I said earlier, the A’s are known for coming from behind. Instead, I thought it was a good sign. Interesting.

Chris Heston was on the mound for the Giants and his pitching was solid for the first three innings. Three up, three down. Shut down innings. But by the fourth inning the wheels on the bus were getting a little wobbly. He got into some trouble, loading up the bases with one out. But he came up with a grounder for the double play and got out of the jam.

The Giants were already up five runs. They put three runs on the board in the second and two runs on the board in the third, all with singles and sac flies.

In the second, Brandon Crawford led-off with a single, Jarrett Parker followed with another single and Mac Williamson, our DH in O.Co because it is an American League park also hit a single. Trevor Brown hit a sac fly scoring Crawford. Angel Pagan hit a sac fly scoring Parker. Kelby Tomlinson singled to score Williamson.

In the third, Buster Posey led-off with a single and advanced to second when Marlon Byrd ground out. Crawford reached on a throwing error and advanced to second when Parker drew a walk. Buster scored on Williamson’s sac fly and Trevor Brown singled scoring Crawford.

But Heston didn’t get away completely. He pitched five complete innings, allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and he struck out three. The final score was: Giants 5, A’s 4

How about that? After losing three games in a row–Wednesday, Thursday and Friday–Five runs to four, it’s poetic justice that the Giants wrap up their road trip with a five to four win. Who said the baseball gods don’t have a sense of humor? They’re ridiculously funny.

The Giants front office has some big decisions to make. I have a drawer full of sunglasses I need to get ready for our future. It looks really bright.

You might be wondering: do I still believe? Are you kidding me? Come on, give me a break—we have seven games left and we have to win all seven to win the NL West, six to tie. It means we have to win every single game from now until the end. Do I still believe?

You bet I do. Now, more than ever.

I just want one more day.