Leary got out of the second inning without out difficulty. But he first ran into trouble in the third. Hubbard led off with a single to left that would have been a home run had it carried a few feet higher. The ball hit the fence only a few feet from the top, and bounced so quickly to Hatcher in left that he fielded it and held Hubbard to a single.
Hubbard made it around the bases quickly enough after that, though. Hubbard easily stole second after Scioscia pumped once before throwing. He probably would have been better off not throwing at all. The ball skipped past Griffin and Sax and into center field, Hubbard taking third. Hassey worked Leary to a full count before knocking a high fastball into left field for a single and a 1-0 A's lead.