Giants visit Oakland, aim to build on Samardzija’s strong outing
Oakland, California; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: San Francisco heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija went seven innings, giving up one run on two hits with four strikeouts against Chicago.
The Athletics are 43-24 on their home turf. Oakland has hit 201 home runs this season, eighth in the MLB. Matt Chapman leads the team with 29, averaging one every 16 at-bats.
The Giants are 34-32 on the road. San Francisco has slugged .406 this season. Evan Longoria leads the club with a .456 slugging percentage, including 34 extra-base hits and 16 home runs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Chapman leads the Athletics with 71 RBIs and is batting .256. Matt Olson is 13-for-39 with two doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 8-2, .257 batting average, 3.19 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs
Giants: 5-5, .283 batting average, 5.63 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs