Dueling cheers of “Let’s go Oakland” echoed by those of “Let’s go Giants” bounced off of the upper deck tarps and swirled through a sold out Coliseum crowd along with a gentle mist on an overcast day in Oakland to open the Battle of the Bay series Monday.
The only thing fans of the Bay Area rival teams could agree upon was a “USA! USA!” chant to honor the military on Memorial Day, as the A’s, led by a second consecutive sensational outing from Dan Straily conquered San Francisco in the opening game 4-1.
The players displayed the emotion that the raucous environment produced, and the game had more the feeling of a late October penant race decider than a late May interleague matchup.
After a scoreless three innings to start the game, Josh Donaldson launched a massive two-run homer to centerfield, letting out a cry of exultation as he slapped his hands together rounding first base.
With two-on and two-out in the bottom of the seventh of a 2-1 game, Yoenis Cespedes stepped into the batt...