|Sergio Romo was one of many San Francisco and Oakland pitchers who stepped up when they had to. (Getty Images)|
The runs were hard to come by on Tuesday night, and that ultimately benefitted the two teams with no room for error.
Pitchers on the brink: The Giants and A's each entered play on Tuesday on the brink of elimination via the sweep. They each survived largely because of their pitching staffs. Consider the combined Tuesday numbers of San Fran and Oakland hurlers: 19.0 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 18 K, 6 BB. To put a finer point on it, the worst performance by a Bay Area pitcher on Tuesday was that of Ryan Vogelsong, who had an ERA of 1.80 for the game. Pitching like that is how you survive an elimination game.
Dusty Baker: Baker's first curious decision of the night -- to pull a dominant Homer Bailey after just 88 pitches in favor of a pinch-hitter -- didn't haunt, as the game went 10 innings (and thus longer than Bailey would've pitched under any circumstances). But what about Baker's decision to pull closer Aroldis Chapman after only one inning and just 15 pitches? The following inning, Jonathan Broxton, who, it goes without saying, is not the pitcher Chapman is, allowed the eventual winning run to score. Baker will be absolved if Chapman notches the series-clinching save, but what if he never gets the chance?