The Giants made their AT&T Park season debut Thursday, beginning their three-game Bay Bridge Series with a 4-0 exhibition loss to the A's.
Giants starter Tim Hudson capped a stellar spring with a bit of a thud by giving up four runs, all earned, in six innings of work. He gave up six hits while walking one and striking out six, finishing the spring with a 4.26 ERA.
The big blow came in the sixth inning when A's outfielder Josh Reddick hit the first pitch of his at-bat for a two-run homer toward McCovey Cove before it bounced off one of the flag poles atop the arcade. He also collected an RBI double in the third.
Hudson called the pitch "a two-seamer that didn't two-seam as much as I wanted it to two-seam," and said with a smile that he was happy to give Reddick a little confidence going into the season.
The Giants' best chance to score came in the sixth inning when Hunter Pence doubled into Triples Alley and Brandon Belt followed up with a walk, but a ball crushed into the alley by Pablo Sandoval was tracked down at the wall by Reddick to end the inning.
Pence, hitting second in the batting order, collected a pair of hits to lead the offense. Angel Pagan and Michael Morse had the only other hits for the Giants.
Hudson said the style of game was typical of what he expects to see pitching at AT&T this season.
"It's a great place to pitch," he said. "It's a big outfield. We have some outfielders that can go get it and it's comforting to know that you can make a mistake. Ask Pablo. The ball he just hit about 418 feet and it was an out. Hopefully there won't be many 418-foot outs, but it is a great place to pitch, great weather. Something pitchers look forward to I'm sure."
The Bay Area rivals will play at AT&T Park again today before moving to the O.co Coliseum in Oakland for the final spring game. The Giants open the season at the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, while the A's open at home against the Cleveland Indians the same day.
NOTE: Buster Posey turned 27 years old Thursday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.