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Crazy Giants rally undone by A's walk-off in the 11th

Crazy Giants rally undone by A's walk-off in the 11th

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OAKLAND — One of the craziest rallies you’ll see was undone an hour later.

The Giants tied the A’s with a wild sequence in the top of the ninth inning, but lost in the bottom of the 11th. Jonathan Lucroy got the third consecutive single off Will Smith and the A's won 4-3 in a game that lived up to the others in this six-game series. 

This game appeared to be over when Alan Hanson swung over the top of a Blake Treinen slider with two outs and two strikes in the ninth. But the ball squirted away from Josh Phegley and Hanson reached first. He scored a moment later when Hunter Pence lined a double off first baseman Matt Olson’s glove. The A's challenged the play, saying Mark Melancon interfered with a chair, but the umpires did not agree. 

The A’s loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but Reyes Moronta got a double play to end the threat. Two innings later, Lucroy lined a single to the gap in right-center, sending everyone home. 

—- The fifth inning, a three-run frame for the A's, was a weird one. Madison Bumgarner walked four in the inning, something he had done in a full start just 14 times in his career. He had just four career five-walk games coming into the night, but walked five of the final seven batters he faced. He twice walked a batter with the bases loaded. 

—- The A’s opened up Mount Davis to fans and Brandon Belt hit a homer high enough that they got a good look at it. Belt’s solo shot in the fourth had a launch angle of 44 degrees, the highest by a Giants hitter this season. Only 14 other homers in MLB this season were hit with a launch angle that high.

—- For a second straight night, the Giants didn’t have a hit the first time through the order. Edwin Jackson held them down Friday night and Cahill did the same Saturday until Belt’s blast. Cahill ran out of gas in the sixth, walking two and loading the bases. Ryan Buchter entered and struck out Brandon Crawford to get out of the jam. 

—- Ray Black pitched multiple innings for the first time and handled it well. He retired all four A’s he faced. 

—- The A’s announced a crowd of 56,310 human beings, a Coliseum record. That’s the largest crowd to see a baseball game this season. 

Conner Menez, Zach Green reflect on making MLB debuts with Giants

Conner Menez, Zach Green reflect on making MLB debuts with Giants

Hollister is 94 miles from Oracle Park. Carmichael is 97 miles from the Giants' ballpark in San Francisco.

On Sunday, two players made their major league debuts for the team they grew up rooting for.

24-year-old pitcher Conner Menez, from Hollister, had about 60 friends and family in attendance. His dad used to bring him to Giants games when he was younger. He remembers watching Tim Lincecum pitch when "The Freak" was all the rage. His dad even bought him a Lincecum jersey.

Now, he's pitching on the same mound Lincecum used to dominate from.

After the Giants beat the Mets, 3-2, on Mike Yastrzemski's 12th-inning walk-off homer, Menez reflected on what the last 48 hours have been like for him.

"Honestly, they've been unreal," Menez told the media. "It's been such a huge blessing to be here. I still feel like I'm on cloud nine."

After allowing two solo home runs in the second inning, Menez settled down and made it through five innings. He allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out six.

Menez got to stand on the mound Lincecum used to climb, and he got to throw to another Giants icon, Buster Posey.

"It was awesome, especially growing up as a Giants and always watch Posey," Menez said. "It was a really, really cool moment. He's a great guy."

As for Zach Green, his family in the Sacramento area has been able to watch him all season while he's been playing at Triple-A. Green didn't have as many family members as Menez at Sunday's game (just eight), but it was still a special day for the third baseman.

"I had a little time to take it all in," Green told the media. "I found out yesterday right before [batting practice], got on a flight and got here last night."

In his first major league at-bat, Green roped a single to center field. In his second at-bat, he drove in Posey with a double to left. Some players need a couple games before they get their first hit in the big leagues. Green wasted no time getting his first two big league hits.

"Talk about weight off the shoulders," Green said. "It was special, happened like that. Next thing I knew, I was on first base and [first base coach Jose Alguacil] was congratulating me."

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The Giants are in an interesting position. For the first few months of the season, they were expected to be sellers ahead of the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. But they've won 14 of 17 games in July to get back to the .500 mark and are 2.5 games out of a NL Wild Card spot. While they try to figure out if they are going to be buyers or sellers, they were able to make the dreams come true for two lifelong Giants fans.

Now, that's pretty special.

Watch Mike Yastrzemski's walk-off homer give Giants a 3-2 win over Mets

Watch Mike Yastrzemski's walk-off homer give Giants a 3-2 win over Mets

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On May 27, 1980, Carl Yastrzemski hit a walk-off homer to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays.

It was the last walk-off homer of his Hall of Fame career.

Thirty nine years later, rookie Mike Yastrzemski followed in his grandfather's footsteps with his first-career walk-off homer to give the Giants a 3-2 win over the Mets in 12 innings at Oracle Park on Sunday.

With the win, the Giants took three out of four from the Mets and move back to the .500 mark (50-50) as they welcome the NL Central-leading Cubs to town on Monday.

Yastrzemski's walk-off homer ended a year-long drought for the Giants, who hadn't hit one since Brandon Crawford on June 27, 2018.

The last time a Giant hit a walk-off homer in extra innings was Andrew McCutchen on April 7, 2018.

After being released by the Baltimore Orioles, Yastrzemski is having a breakout rookie season with the Giants. He now has nine homers, 27 RBI and is slashing .259/.303/.500 in 48 games.

After the game, Yastrzemski spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez about what it says about the Giants that they've won in so many different ways recently.

"We proved something to ourselves, that we can win a game when we're down, that we can win a game when we go to extra innings," Yastrzemski said. "So to be able to come through in those situations, it gives you all the confidence in the world."

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Through 100 games, the Giants are 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the second NL Wild Card. If they keep playing like this, there's no doubt that they could sneak into the playoffs.