SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Watson picked a bad night to have a bad night.
With the Giants riding momentum into the late innings Saturday, Watson gave up a two-run shot to Oakland’s Mark Canha. The blast, which landed two-thirds of the way up the left field bleachers on a cold and foggy night, was the difference.
The Giants lost 4-3 on the second night of the Bay Bridge Series. They tried to make a comeback off unhittable closer Blake Treinen in the ninth, getting a pair of two-out walks, but Brandon Crawford struck out to end the game. The teams have split the first two games of this six-game series. Here's what you need to know...
—- Jeff Samardzija is clearly still not right. His fastball maxed out at 92.5 mph and averaged 90 mph, a big step down from his return from the disabled list. Of the 55 pitches Samardzija threw in four innings, only 29 were strikes. The Giants and Samardzija claim his shoulder is fine. That’s hard to believe when watching him pitch.
—- The Giants have a decision to make. After Samardzija’s rough start, Derek Holland entered and struck out the first five A’s he faced. Holland ended up pitching two shutout innings, with eight swinging strikes. Samardzija got three swinging strikes in his four innings.
—- With two on and no outs in the second, Dustin Fowler hit a liner to left-center that’s a two-run double at just about any point over the past five years. But Steven Duggar is now in center field, and he easily chased the ball down in the gap. The play had a catch probability of just 32 percent.
—- Ray Black was as nasty as it gets while stranding two in the seventh. He hit 100 mph to Khris Davis and then struck him out with an 87 mph slider. Matt Chapman also went down on the slider, one pitch after waving at a fastball that clocked in at 100.8 mph.
—- Yusmeiro Petit: 2 2/3 relief innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 strikeouts. Some things never change.