OAKLAND – The A’s hopes to enter the season on a roll came crashing to a halt this weekend with the Giants scoring a three-game Bay Bridge Series sweep, including a 6-3 win in Saturday’s finale.
With starter Andrew Triggs taking the loss after allowing a grand slam in the fourth inning to San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley, the A’s finished the spring with a 16-18 record and six consecutive losses between Arizona and the Bay Area.
The Giants sweep was the first over the A’s in the annual three-game series since San Francisco pulled it off in 2011. Oakland’s pitching held up for the most part, but the hitters were able to scratch out just four runs in the three-game set.
Triggs, who will be the A’s fourth starter and will face the Angels Thursday to complete the first homestand of the season, comes out of the spring with a 1-3 record and 8.10 ERA. He’s allowed at least four runs in three of his last four starts, but he says he’s ready for the season.
“I was able to work on some things today,” he said. “I feel like I’m on schedule. The homer was just a cutter up. I’d gotten away with one before, but I didn’t get away with that one.”
Triggs said his spring has “been a good learning experience.” And he said he knows what he wants to do come time to face the Angels Thursday.
“I need to get the first guy out, then the second guy,” he said. “You add one zero to another.”
The A’s took a 2-0 lead in this one when Matt Joyce cracked a two-run double to right in the third inning. Two hits and a hit batter loaded the bases with no one out for San Francisco off Triggs in the fourth when Hundley clubbed his third homer of the spring.
Oakland got within a run on an RBI double by Josh Phegley in the sixth, but Justin Ruggiano put the Giants back into the comfort zone up three runs by hitting a two-run homer off Raul Alcantara in the seventh.
The A’s got the tying run to the plate in the ninth with two out and two on against San Francisco reliever Reyes Morota, but he pitched out of the trouble he’d created.