"He just kicked our butts"
With his handlebar mustache and double-clutch windup, rookie Daniel Mengden introduced himself to the A’s-Giants rivalry in a big way Monday night, easily outpitching a woebegone Jeff Samardzija as the renewal of the series began with an 8-3 Oakland victory.
The A’s won for the fourth time in five games on their trip. The Giants lost for the third time in their past 16.
“He just kicked our butts, to be honest with you,” Brandon Belt said. “He was pretty much able to do whatever he wanted to do all night.”
Mengden also benefited from a mountain of support after the A’s scored just twice for him in his first three starts, all losses.
Marcus Semien, whom Oakland got when it traded Samardzija to the White Sox after the 2014 season, was the Shark’s biggest tormentor.
Semien hit a three-run homer and RBI double to account for four of the six runs Samardzija allowed in six innings.
“Every time I face him, I know that’s the guy I got traded for,” Semien said. “We’ve had some good games against him.”
Sadly for the Giants and their $90 million acquisition, a lot of teams have been able to say that recently.