Bullpen Falls Apart in 10th as San Francisco Giants Lose to A’s
By Jake Mastroianni
In what was a pretty well played gamed for nine innings, the San Francisco Giants bullpen gave up 7 runs in the 10th inning to lose to the Oakland Athletics.
D.J. Snelten, who has had a great spring training up to this point and was great in the Arizona Fall Leagues, had a disastrous night.
He entered a tie game in the top of the 10th and struck out the first batter he faced, but they advanced to first on a wild pitch. Snelten then allowed back-to-back singles and a walk.
After a visit to the mound, Snelten gave up two more singles and a double, and just like that Oakland was up 8-2. When it was all said-and-done, the 25-year-old lefty had given up 7 runs on 5 hits and a walk as the Giants lost 9-2.
The Giants put out their Opening Day roster for this one, but maybe not the lineup order we’ll see on Thursday.
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That’s a little concerning seeing as we only had five hits in the game, and one of those came from the pitcher, and two of those came from Hunter Pence.
We did get to their closer, scoring the tying run in the eighth thanks to a one-out double by Andrew McCutchen. His pinch-runner later came around to score on a wild pitch to tie it up.
Derek Holland, having already secured a spot in the starting rotation, threw five solid innings in this one. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts.
The bullpen, up until Snelten in the 10th, was lights out. They threw four scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. That’s certainly encouraging, especially for Tony Watson whose spring ERA now sits at 8.59.
The starters played the majority of the game, so there weren’t many opportunities for the bench players. I assume we will get a longer look at those guys during Tuesday nights game as it will be the final spring training game.
The San Francisco Giants will then get ready to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day this Thursday at 4:08 PT. The time has finally come!