Giants, A’s feud in SF’s Cactus League win


MESA, Ariz. — The A’s and Giants met for the first time in 2018 on Monday, a day that started on friendly terms but turned hostile.

A’s manager Bob Melvin quipped in the morning that it was going to be odd see longtime A’s pitching coach Curt Young in a Giants uniform.

“I was going to ask him if he’d at least wear white shoes today so it wouldn’t look that odd,” Melvin said of the Giants’ new pitching coach.

Then came the game — and a lot of discord for a simple mid-March get-together. Franklin Barreto hit a fifth-inning, two-run homer off Giants reliever Sam Dyson, who followed up by brushing back A’s cleanup hitter Khris Davis, throwing high and tight.

Davis didn’t appreciate it. Tempers flared, and words were exchanged, on the field and off. Giants catcher Nick Hundley barked toward the A’s dugout.

Davis drew a walk and exited for a pinch-runner, and Dyson was pulled after being rocked for four runs. Friction still ensued.

The Giants’ Gorkys Hernandez is safe at third in front of A’s third baseman Matt Chapman on a double by Joe Panik during the fifth inning Monday in Mesa, Ariz. Photo: Chris Carlson, Associated Press

Roberto Gomez replaced Dyson and immediately hit A’s prospect Ramon Laureano on a hand. Laureano left the game and went for X-rays; the A’s said they will give a medical update Tuesday.

In the eighth, the A’s appeared to retaliate when Daniel Gossett drilled Orlando Calixte on the back, prompting umpire Mike DiMuro to issue warnings to both benches.

Calixte stared at Gossett and was slow taking first base but was able to score on Jarrett Parker’s double. After crossing the plate, Calixte nearly crossed paths with Gossett, but the sizable Mac Williamson, the next hitter, got in the way and escorted his teammate toward the dugout.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn’t happy Calixte was hit over confrontations that didn’t involve him.

“Here you’ve got one of the nicest kids, Calixte, taking one in the back in spring training. It’s not worth talking about,” Bochy said.

Across the field, Melvin was asked about the rarity of an umpire warning both teams in a spring training game.

“Sometimes boys will be boys,” Melvin said. “That’s the thing, you just never know the intent on either side. I don’t think anybody was hit on purpose.”

A’s first baseman Matt Olson said the emotions on both sides weren’t surprising even for mid-March: “We’re out there playing the same game. When things flare up and something like that happens, it’s going to be the same as during the season.”

Bochy defended Dyson, who has a 12.27 ERA, by saying, “He’s trying to find it. He’s been off. You look at him, he’s out of sync.”

That hardly curbed the bad blood. Calixte’s run was the difference in a 6-5 Giants victory. The teams meet once more in Arizona — Saturday in Scottsdale — and three times in the Bay Area before the season opens.

Chronicle staff writer Henry Schulman contributed to this report.

John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

Giants 6, A’s 5

Notable: The Giants won their sixth consecutive game, batting around and scoring five runs in an inning for the second straight game. A’s starter Jharel Cotton no-hit the Giants over four innings before lefty reliever Ryan Buchter allowed the five runs in the fifth. They scored on Steven Duggar’s two-run homer and Nick
Hundley’s three-run double on the first pitch that Liam Hendriks threw after replacing Buchter. … Duggar’s homer was his fourth of the spring but first off a left-hander. … Stephen Piscotty had a homer and single, the only hits off Chris Stratton in four innings. … Daniel Gossett pitched the final three innings for Oakland and allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth on a Jarrett Parker double that scored Orlando Calixte from first base.

Quotable: “I was talking with (Matt) Chapman as we were walking inside the clubhouse, and he said, ‘Hey Cotton, I like that, good tempo.’ That’s been my focus, having good tempo to keep the guys on their toes and not have to throw too many pitches, and today I did that.”

— Cotton, who threw four hitless innings

Tuesday’s games: Giants vs. Cubs, at Mesa, 7:05 p.m.;

A’s vs. Royals, at Surprise, 1:05 p.m.

— Henry Schulman


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