The Giants returned to AT&T Park to renew their cross-Bay rivalry with the A’s on Monday and rallied in the late innings for a 4-2 exhibition victory.
Outfielder Melky Cabrera made his first appearance at AT&T Park in a Giants uniform and didn’t hesitate to make an impression. He made a running catch in the first and singled in his first at-bat of the game. Cabrera later gave the Giants their first run of the game with a solo home run in the sixth and drove in an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI single.
The biggest cheers of the game, however, were saved for Buster Posey, playing in his first game in San Francisco since being injured May 25. The young catcher received a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat.
Madison Bumgarner made his final start of the spring, allowing four hits and two earned runs in four innings with seven strikeouts.
“I tried to get all of my walks out of the way today so I don’t walk anyone for the next month or so,” the left-hander said.
Bumgarner left the game trailing 2-0 thanks to a two-run homer by the A’s Eric Sogard. After Cabrera’s homer in the sixth, the Giants rallied for three runs in the seventh to take the lead for good before Brian Wilson came in to strike out the side in order in the ninth.
NOTE: The A’s optioned infielder Adam Rosales to Triple-A Sacramento. The move puts the A’s at 27 active players and the club must trim two more spots by Wednesday.