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Giants can't complete comeback vs A's in Bay Bridge Series finale

Giants can't complete comeback vs A's in Bay Bridge Series finale

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OAKLAND — Jeurys Familia got the win in his Oakland debut, Marcus Semien scored from second base on Matt Chapman’s infield chopper in the 10th inning, and the Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Sunday.

Familia was acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on Saturday for two minor leaguers and $1 million in international signing bonus pool allotment. The right-hander, who had 17 saves with New York, arrived in Oakland about an hour before the game, but managed to pitch two scoreless innings.

Khris Davis and Matt Olson each homered twice to help the A’s win the inaugural Bay Bridge series trophy before a third consecutive sellout crowd at the Coliseum.

Semien drew a leadoff walk against Ty Blach (6-6) in the 10th and advanced to second on Stephen Piscotty’s deep flyout to center. After Davis was intentionally walked and Olson flew out, Chapman drove in Semien with an infield single that bounced just past All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford into left field.

Familia (5-4) allowed a leadoff single to Austin Slater in the ninth, and then retired his next five batters. Alen Hanson bounced into an inning-ending double play in the ninth.

Andrew McCutchen homered for San Francisco. Austin Slater collected three hits, Pablo Sandoval had a pinch-hit, two-run single and Nick Hundley added two hits and scored twice.

San Francisco didn’t have a baserunner until the fifth inning and trailed 4-1 before scoring three in the seventh and one in the eighth.

McCutchen homered on a 3-2 pitch from former San Francisco reliever Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: 2B Joe Panik (groin) ran before the game.

Athletics: All-Star 2B Jed Lowrie was given the day off after getting hit by a pitch and fouling a ball off his body near the same area Saturday. ... OF Chad Pinder is nursing a sore wrist and thumb after stumbling over the leg of Giants infielder Hanson and falling hard to the turf a day earlier. Mark Canha (hamstring) was also rested.

UP NEXT

Giants: Head to Seattle for a two-game series beginning Tuesday. LHP Andrew Suarez (3-6, 3.94 ERA) starts for San Francisco and is winless since June 29.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (1-2, 6.08 ERA) pitches in Texas on Monday in his first start against the Rangers since 2015.

MLB rumors: Giants to be sellers, not buyers, during trade deadline

MLB rumors: Giants to be sellers, not buyers, during trade deadline

The Giants find themselves facing a question nobody ever expected: Should they be buyers or sellers at the July 31 MLB trade deadline? 

For months, the answer was obvious. The Giants found themselves in the bottom of the standings as one of the worst teams in baseball. Having two of the best trade assets in the game in pitchers Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, San Francisco was built to see and keep building for the future. 

Oh how quickly the narrative changes. 

As the Giants enter Wednesday only three games back for the second NL wild card spot, fans are clamoring for president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi to be a buyer and hold onto the two left-handers. That won't be the case, however, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports. 

"San Francisco's recent success isn't throwing a wrench in the team's trade-Bumgarner-and-all-the-relievers plan," Passan wrote Wednesday morning. "Even with their best run of the year, the Giants are three games below .500 and have the third-worst run differential in the NL. They are selling. One more time, a bit slower. They. Are. Selling." 

And they should. Despite being on a four-game win streak and going 8-2 in their last 10 games, the math just doesn't add up, as Passan points out. Plus, it makes no sense for an aging roster that likely isn't a title contender to hold onto Bumgarner and Smith, whom both will be free agents this upcoming offseason. 

The Giants have been dangling Bumgarner to interested teams for a while now. According to Passan, they tried to get a deal done last month but nothing substantive came from the trade talks. As the deadline approaches, teams reportedly believe he won't be moved until the final days of the month. 

Bumgarner and Smith will both be on the move. Who gets the greater return for the Giants is the biggest question now.

[RELATED: How Zaidi's reacting to Giants' hot streak ahead of deadline]

Everyone knows who Bumgarner is. While he isn't the same dominant pitcher he once was, his pedigree in the playoffs speaks for itself. A team on the verge of being World Series favorites knows adding someone like Bumgarner with his October experience could be all the difference. 

But October is a month driven by bullpens and Smith has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season. Plenty of relief help will be on the way at the deadline, and the Giants' closer could be the cream of the crop. 

How Alex Dickerson became Giants' best hitter at Oracle Park this season

How Alex Dickerson became Giants' best hitter at Oracle Park this season

The Giants would be nowhere this season without Alex Dickerson. That's a fact, as is saying most Giants fans had never heard of Dickerson before this season. 

Dickerson, 29, was acquired by the Giants in a trade with the Padres on June 10. Less than two weeks later, he made his team debut when he hit a grand slam and drove in six runs against the Diamondbacks on June 21.

Suddenly, the Giants are the hottest team in baseball and sit just three games back of the second NL wild card spot. Since Dickerson debuted with the orange and black, the Giants have gone 15-7. Before his arrival, they were 31-42. 

"The vibe is kind of a calm confidence," Dickerson said Wednesday morning on KNBR regarding the Giants' clubhouse right now.

While the Giants can't be stopped, neither can Dickerson. Since joining the Giants, he's been one of the best hitters in baseball. 

What has been most impressive by Dickerson's dominance at the plate are his stats at Oracle Park. Through 10 games in San Francisco, the left-handed hitting outfielder has a .379 batting average with two home runs and a 1.195 OPS.

For Dickerson, it all starts with the right mindset. 

"You always have to step in the box with that confidence that you're gonna get the job done. You gotta take the park out of it," Dickerson said. "Honestly, I never hit too well there until that last home stand and it took my hitting coach Alonzo Powell telling me, 'Hey, that bay isn't out of reach for you. You gotta challenge it.'

"I realized that I was trying to do something different than what I wanted to do as far as driving the baseball." 

Dickerson is a powerful hitter at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. He quite literally begin telling himself he could hit the ball to McCovey Cove, and the results followed. 

"You gotta play to your strengths and for me, being able to drive a ball to that pull-side gap, that really opens up a lot of stuff for me," Dickerson said. 

All four of Dickerson's home runs this year have been hit to right-center field or right field. Through 31 games between the Giants and Padres, 27 percent of his batted balls have been hit to right-center field and 26 percent have gone to right field, according to Baseball Savant

[RELATED: How Zaidi's reacting to Giants' hot streak ahead of deadline]

The Giants are hitting nearly 20 points higher on the road this season and only have 34 home runs at Oracle Park compared to 67 on the road this season. Though the offense as a whole has struggled in San Francisco, Dickerson seems to have the horrors of Oracle Park figured out. 

It's simple: Aim for the water.