Hudson-Zito matchup hardly lives up to hype in Giants' win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tim Hudson and Barry Zito won't soon forget Saturday.
Neither member of Oakland's once-feared ''Big Three'' lasted long in a game played where their careers began more than 15 years ago, but it was a nostalgic day for all involved.
Eleven years after they last pitched together here and with Mark Mulder in attendance, Oakland's Zito threw two innings and outlasted Hudson's 1 1-3 for the Giants in San Francisco's 14-10 victory.
They each got a curtain call, tipping their caps and waving to the fans who supported them on either side of the Bay - both pitched for the A's and Giants.
''Classy moment for the fans here,'' Hudson said, ''something Zito and I both, I'm sure, we'll appreciate forever. Today was really thrilling.''
San Francisco rookie Jarrett Parker became the first Giants player to have at least three homers and seven RBIs in a game since Hall of Famer Willie Mays did it 54 years ago, overshadowing the disappointing starts by Hudson and Zito.
Parker hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth for his third home run. Mays had four homers and eight RBIs on April 30, 1961, at Milwaukee.
''Speechless,'' Parker said. ''I can't really even respond to that, to be even mentioned in that kind of company.''
Parker's grand slam came against Ryan Dull (0-1) after a solo shot off Zito in the second and a two-run drive in the seventh.
Hudson yielded consecutive bases-loaded walks and hit a batter with the bases full to make it 4-3 in the second. Manager Bruce Bochy removed Hudson to boos, then the pitcher walked off and gave a slight wave and tip of his cap, though clearly disappointed.
It wasn't an easy call for the skipper.
''That is one of the harder decisions I had to make on Tim Hudson Day,'' Bochy said. ''You've got to do what's right. I had to protect a guy that I respect so much and I care about so much.''
The fans kept cheering Hudson as Ryan Vogelsong threw his warmup tosses, then Hudson re-emerged for his curtain call. He tapped his heart, pointed toward Zito and the A's dugout, pumped his fist in the air and waved in all directions.
Just a few minutes later, Zito walked Buster Posey to begin the third and his day, too, was done. The left-hander briefly covered his face with his jersey and walked off, tipping his cap before disappearing into the dugout. Zito returned to wave between innings as fans chanted ''Barry! Barry!''
''It was awesome. It's definitely hard to enjoy it,'' Zito said. ''A lot of my friends were telling me to coming into this to soak it up, but it's hard to be a fan and also compete, too. It's usually one or the other. It was definitely great to be a part of it, and I enjoyed walking out there and getting the warm reception from the fans. Seeing how they responded to Huddy was awesome.''
Hudson had never faced the A's here and was back on the Coliseum mound for the first time since Oct. 3, 2004.
''It was a crazy game, it was a wild game, it wasn't quite the pitcher's duel we all envisioned,'' Hudson joked. ''I was totally coming into today thinking it was going to be a 1-nothing Giants win.''
Reliever Javier Lopez had No. 17 black Hudson T-shirts ordered for everybody to wear before the game.
''They were a good looking group,'' Hudson cracked.
Oakland players wore Zito-style high green socks for his first start in the majors since Sept. 25, 2013, and likely his last.
Bothered lately by a bum hip, Hudson still hopes to start the series finale against the Dodgers on Thursday at AT&T Park, where the Giants plan to recognize him during their final homestand.
Giants: INF Ehire Adrianza is still experiencing vision issues, headaches and trouble sleeping as he deals with a concussion. ... OF Gregor Blanco says he's ''better'' from his concussion.
Athletics: The A's will take a few days before determining whether to shut down RHP Sonny Gray, who dealt with tightness in his left hip during Friday's start. ... Backup C Carson Blair is out for the season because of a torn medial meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery soon.
Giants: Rookie RHP Chris Heston is 0-5 with a 4.60 ERA over his last nine starts, allowing eight homers and going past the fifth inning just twice.
Athletics: September-callup LHP Sean Nolin (1-1) faces the Giants for the first time.