A day before the first pitch in the 2019 Bay Bridge Series between the A’s and Giants was thrown, fans were given a chance to start making plans to see the Northern California rivals go head to head next season.
Major League Baseball released the 2020 regular-season schedule Monday morning. Oakland and San Francisco, like the rest of the majors, will begin play Thursday, March 26.
The Giants will play a three-game set in Los Angeles against their fierce rivals, with a day off that Friday. They’ve gone 5-8 against the Dodgers this season and have six games left against their National League West opponents.
The A’s will open with a seven-game home stand, starting with a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins, followed by three games against the Houston Astros, a fellow American League West team.
Next year’s Bay Bridge Series will consist of two-game sets: at the Coliseum on June 6-7 and at Oracle Park on July 7-8.
This year’s rivalry series began with the Giants winning 3-2 Tuesday night in San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner went seven innings, striking out nine to improve to 5-0 over 10 appearances. He gave up just two hits, including a fifth-inning home run to Stephen Piscotty that put the A’s up 1-0.
Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar each had run-scoring doubles in the sixth against Brett Anderson, who threw six innings and allowed two runs on six hits.
Scooter Gennett’s sac fly in the seventh made it 3-1 Giants, who survived Will Smith’s bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Smith recorded his 29th save in 32 chances.
The two-game set concludes Wednesday, then the teams will meet again Aug. 24-25 in Oakland. The A’s won four of six last year.