— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) July 15, 2018
In the top of the seventh inning, with the Giants leading 3-2, Athletics pinch-hitter Mark Canha stepped up and connected on a no-doubter that landed high up the left field bleachers. The two-run blast gave the A’s the 4-3 lead that would carry into the final score, tying the series at one game apiece.
Canha celebrated the play with exuberance from start to finish. He flipped his bat, jogged around the bases, and screamed “My house” as he entered the A’s dugout in AT&T Park. And with that, Canha, a San Jose native and University of Cal alum, imbued some life into this Battle of the Bay rivalry.
After the game, Canha apologized for the bat flip, then reversed his comment.
Mark Canha, on the bat toss: “I got on Twitter and got out in front of this a little bit, and I’m sure a lot of San Franciscans are offended by that, and I’m sorry.”
Then he took it back.
“People getting offended by bat flips is so silly. I’m not sorry. I’m not really sorry.”
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 15, 2018
Did Mark Canha yell “my house!” after his HR? “I don’t remember,” he responded, smiling.
“I came to this park as a kid a lot. It’s going to be fun to brag to all my Giants friends, say that I did that (HR and bat flip) after having a lot of great childhood memories here.”
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) July 15, 2018
Replay of Canha bomb showed him saying “My house!!”
Krukow asked: “Did he say it was his house?”
Kuiper says, dryly: “If he did, it doesn’t make any sense, so I wouldn’t pay attention to it.”#BayBridgeSeries
— Brian Murphy (@knbrmurph) July 15, 2018
The Giants and A’s play six consecutive games wrapped around the All-Star Break. The teams will play the first series’ rubber match Sunday afternoon — jeopardizing San Francisco’s 12 straight home series win streak— before traversing the Bay to Oakland Alameda Coliseum to begin the season’s second half next week.