After providing a much-needed spark to the Giants’ lineup, seldom-used Pedro Feliz looks to help San Francisco win the first installment of the Bay Bridge series with the Oakland Athletics at Network Associates Coliseum.
The Giants have not won a series in Oakland since sweeping a two-game set in 1998.
Feliz put the Giants in position with his first career two-homer game in Saturday’s 6-4 victory. Feliz provided the offense for rookie Jerome Williams, who earned his first major league victory.
Playing left field in place of Barry Bonds, who served as the designated hitter, Feliz did his best impression of the single-season home run king. He had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice, leading the Giants to just their third win in eight games.
Feliz, who has homered in five of his last 11 road games, was a welcome addition to the Giants’ struggling lineup, which had managed just 12 runs in the previous five games.
Oakland’s season-best seven-game winning streak was snapped with the loss. However, the A’s are 8-3 going into the final day of their 12-game homestand.
The teams will meet for a three-game set at Pacific Bell Park next weekend.
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place (tied), NL West. Athletics - 2nd place, 6 1/2 GB, AL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jesse Foppert (4-6, 4.43 ERA). Foppert is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA over his last three starts. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Los Angeles. The rookie will make his first career appearance against Oakland.
ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Ted Lilly (4-5, 4.43 ERA). Lilly snapped a three-game losing streak and claimed his first victory since May 13 with Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Texas. The 27-year-old left-hander yielded two runs and five hits over six innings, striking out four and walking two. Lilly did not receive a decision in his lone career start against San Francisco, allowing three runs and eight hits over seven innings in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 loss last June 8.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Ray Durham, .314 avg.; Bonds, 20 HRs, 43 RBIs and 50 runs; Ray Durham and Marquis Grissom, 6 SBs. Athletics - Eric Byrnes, .329 avg., 42 runs and 7 SBs; Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada, 13 HRs; Tejada, 46 RBIs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Giants - 8-6. Athletics - 7-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - After Los Angeles beat Anaheim earlier Saturday, San Francisco fell into second place in the NL West for the first time all season, but it was only for a few hours. The Giants finished the day tied atop the division with the Dodgers. … The Giants share the NL lead for fewest errors with St. Louis (33) … The Giants placed 1B J.T. Snow on the 15-day DL Saturday with a strained left groin. San Francisco recalled OF Carlos Valderrama from Triple-A Fresno to fill Snow’s roster spot. Valderrama will help fill the void that was created when OF Marvin Berard went on the DL earlier this week. Athletics - Oakland has baseball’s best all-time interleague record at 73-45. … Opponents are hitting .184 against LHP Lilly the first time through the order, but .266 thereafter. … OF Byrnes is hitting .350 (21-for-60) over his last 15 games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 23-16 on the road; Athletics - 27-11 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - 1B Snow (groin), 15-day DL; OF Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Athletics - LHP Micah Bowie (elbow), 15-day DL