The Giants played their first game at AT&T Park on Thursday since Game 2 of last year’s World Series, reigniting the exhibition Bay Bridge Series with a 7-3 loss to the A’s.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum began the game well, striking out four in his first three innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the third. He departed the game with two outs and two on in the fifth before A’s outfielder Josh Reddick homered to right off reliever Jeremy Affeldt.
Affeldt allowed another earned run on a bunt single by Eric Sogard in the sixth, rounding out the scoring for the A’s.
Linceucm finished the day charged with five earned runs on five hits over 4²?³ innings with six strikeouts. He said his 10.57 ERA in spring training doesn’t weigh on him heading into the regular season.
“I feel like my stuff’s there,” he said. “I definitely have confidence in all of it. Today was just getting back on track and getting out there on the field. Being here at AT&T Park definitely kind of lightens the mood a little bit.”
A’s lefty Tommy Milone gave up the first runs of the game when Giants catcher — and reigning NL MVP — Buster Posey drilled a line drive to center field to score Hunter Pence from second in the third inning. The Giants added one more when Brandon Crawford tripled into the alley in right-center, sending Joaquin Arias home from first in the fourth inning.
The Giants scored their final run when Brandon Belt led off the ninth with a double down the right-field line, followed by a single by Arias to drive him home. The A’s went down in order over the final three frames.
The series continues tonight with a 7:15 start time at AT&T Park before moving to O.co Coliseum for the final exhibition game Saturday.