Sharks Fall to Wild 3-2

The Minnesota Wild Nick Bonino (3) goes for victory skate after scoring a goal in the first period against the San Jose Sharks at the Target Center in St Paul on Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Mary Walsh.

The San Jose Sharks lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center Friday. Nick Bonino, Mats Zuccarello and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, and goaltender Cam Talbot made 20 saves for the win. Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane scored for the Sharks and Martin Jones made 15 saves in the loss.

The Sharks did not play a terrible game, but a loss at this point in the season is disheartening. After the game, Sharks Head Coach Bob Boughner said: “Tough to break down that game and say that we didn’t come out, we didn’t respond and we didn’t play well. I thought all those things happened.”

Sharks captain Logan Couture said:

I thought defensively we were pretty good. We didn’t give up much but there wasn’t much out there offensively. But we gotta find a way to do more. We only scored two, three goals over the last two games, or three games, so we need to find some more offense.

Evander Kane had a penalty-free game as well as a goal, despite several tense scrums throughout the night. After the game, Boughner said, of Kane:

“He plays hard, he kills penalties, he’s on the power play, he’s playing against the top lines, he’s been a good player for us all year. He’s still involved, he’s still trash-talking a little bit, he’s still throwing the body around but he’s staying within himself and I think that’s helped his five-on-five game for sure.”

The Sharks were on the board first, at 3:32. Tomas Hertl skated through the neutral zone and in the Wild zone, with some help from a stick lift by Patrick Marleau near the blue line. Hertl took the shot from the face-off dot and beat Talbot on the short side. Assists went to Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Nick Bonino tied it up at 9:30. A turnover right in the slot gave him a clear line to the net and he took it. It was unassisted.

The first period was penalty-free. The Sharks outshot the Wild 8-4 but won just 33% of the face-offs.

The Wild took the lead 2:15 into the second period with Mats Zuccarello’s goal. Right off an offensive-zone face-off, Zuccarello shot it under Jones. Viktor Rask got the assist.

Zach Parise scored what would be the game-winner just over a minute later. Matt Dumba made a pass across the slot to a waiting Parise at the net corner. Assists went to Matt Dumba and Nick Bonino.

The Wild outshot the Sharks 7-4 in the second. Each team had a power play. The Wild had three shots on theirs and the Sharks had one. The Sharks won just 31% of the second period face-offs.

Evander Kane scored a short-handed goal at 13:43 of the third period, bringing the Sharks to withing one. Kane knocked the puck free from Kevin Fiala at the point, then chased it down and shot it by Talbot on the glove side.

The Sharks had two penalties to kill in the third period, and out-shot the Wild 10-7. The Sharks penalty kill had two shots on goal and the Wild power play had two as well. The Sharks improved in the face-off circle to 50% for the third.

The Sharks next play on Saturday at 5:00 PM PT against the Wild, again in Minnesota.

Marte’s three-run home run wins it for the Marlins 4-1

The body language on the San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (left) says it all after the Miami Marlins Starling Marte (right) hits a three run home run and is congratulated by Magneuris Sierra, center at Loan Depot Park in Miami on Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

In what was a pitchers duel between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants all came to a halt with one swing of the bat.

Starling Marte hit a three-run home run off of Wandy Peralta in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Marlins to a 4-1 win over the Giants at LoanDepot Park. It was the fifth win in six games for the Marlins.

Jesus Aguilar came off the bench to get the decisive rally off to a great start, as he walked against eventual losing pitcher Matt Wisler. Corey Dickerson then singled that advanced Magneuris Sierra, who came on to pinch run for Aguilar moved up an additional 90 feet and then Marte launched a Peralta pitch into the left field seats.

Anthony Bass picked up his first win of the season, as he pitched a perfect eighth inning before giving way to closer Yimi Garcia, who picked up his third save of the season.

Evan Longoria gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, as he singled off of Marlins starter Daniel Castano. Mike Yastrzemski, who is trying to get out of a slump, doubled to lead off the inning and then scored the Giants lone run of the evening on the Longoria single.

Anthony DeSclafani pitched six strong innings for the Giants, as he gave up just one run, scattering four hits and continues to be sharp, despite not being involved in the decision in his three starts this season, DeSclafani has allowed just three runs.

DeSclafani made just one mistake, as he gave up a solo home run to Jazz Chisholm, Jr.in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Castano, like DeSclafani did not fare in the decision, as he went five innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in his first appearance of the season.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain that he suffered in Wednesdays start versus the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park. To replace Cueto on the active roster, the Giants called up right-handed pitcher Camilo Doval from their minor-league camp.

Both the Giants and the Marlins wore the number 42, honoring Jackie Robinson, who made his major-league debut 74 years ago yesterday for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.

UP NEXT: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will take the mound for the Giants on Saturday, while the Marlins will send Sandy Alcantara to the mound.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings lost ninth straight game 122-114

The Phoenix Suns guard Devon Booker (1) drives on the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 in Phoenix (AP News photo)

#1 The Sacramento Kings (22-34) have lost their ninth straight game and again the game wasn’t even close as the Kings were handed a 122-114, 22 point loss in Phoenix (40-15).

#2 The Kings had a hard time shutting down the Suns Deandre Ayton led in scoring with 26 points and Devon Booker had 23 as they ran right through the Kings defense.

#3 The De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in scoring with 27 and Buddy Hield finished second with 24, the Kings had a total of six players in double figures and lost the game by eight.

#4 Coach as hard as he may and it’s been like that every night for Luke Walton this has to be his toughest patch of this 2021 season.

#5 The Kings get some rest as they won’t play again until next Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks (30-24). The Mavericks have won five out of their last eight games. Jeremiah size this game up Sunday between the Kings and Mavericks can the Kings snap the losing skid.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts Friday mornings at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants depending on pitching from Wood and Webb; SF opens up tonight in Miami

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler (left) checks on starter Johnny Cueto (right) who told Kapler he couldn’t go any further after experiencing pain in the sixth inning of Wed Apr 14, 2021 game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Micahel:

#1 San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto who suffered lat tightness in his pitching arm after going 5 2/3 innings on Wednesday afternoon.

#2 Cueto threw a 93 MPH fastball in the top of the sixth to Cincinnati Reds hitter Nicholas Castellanos felt extra pain and gestured across his throat with his finger he was done for the afternoon.

#3 Michael, tell us about pitcher Alex Wood who now steps into the rotation. Wood last month was on the injured list with a spinal ablation is scheduled to start on Sunday in Miami.

#4 Michael, talk about Logan Webb moving into the bullpen and having a right handed pitcher in a mostly left handed bullpen.

#5 The Giants are coming off a day off and open up a three game series in Miami tonight. Starting for the Giants Anthony DeSclafani (1-0 ERA 0,82) and for the Marlins Daniel Castano (0-0 ERA 0.00) the Marlins are on a three game win streak.

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Four run sixth boosts A’s in four run win 8-4 over Tigers

The Oakland A’s Matt Chapman connects for a two run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum part of a four run inning against the Detroit Tigers on Thu Apr 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit. 4 – 9 – 2

Oakland. 8 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–April 15th, the traditional opening day for major league baseball when it consisted of two eight team leagues, playing a schedule of 154 games, 22 against each of their intra league rivals, 11 at home and 11 on the road. No inter-league games (except for exhibitions like city series or games against farm clubs on stop offs along the railroad routes that took the teams to and from as far from each other as Boston and St. Louis). It was a different game then, almost as different as today’s game is from the one we knew last year and the one we knew then differed from how the game was played in 2019.

But on April 15, 1947, the game changed more profoundly than on any other April 15, more than any other specific day in baseball history. Jackie Robinson became the first Black American to play in a Major League baseball game since Moses Fleetwood Walker was released by the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association on September 22, 1884.

Of course, it’s not completely clear that Robinson was, indeed, the only Black major leaguer during that long and shameful period. Several mixed race Latinos made it to the show, men whose skin was light enough for them just barely to pass for white when it suited their employers but still allowed the players to be subjected to insults and indignities, bean balls, and high spikes because of the tone of their skin, their facial structure, or the tightness of their hair. Roberto “Tarzan” Estalella, an outfielder for the Washington Senators, ex-Giants’ catcher Bobby Estalella’s grandfather, was one of them. And there were numerous Native Americans whose DNA would have precluded participation in the national pastime if testing had been available then. (Of course, the number of people with exclusively white DNA is, for all intents and purposes, zero).

So whether Jackie Robinson was the first Black person to play in the major leagues, April 15, 1947, marks a before and after. Baseball—and America—had changed, and Jackie Robinson had changed it.

Since 2004 Major League Baseball, for reasons that were not purely cynical and yet not entirely uncynical, has celebrated that change by declaring that all players wear number 42 on April 15. I never liked that decision. As a practical matter, it’s difficult to tell who’s who when everyone has the same number. It’s ironic that one of the contriubtions the Negro Leagues made to the game was to place identifying numbers on each player’s back.

But my objection went further than the confusion caused by uniform uniform backs. If everyone is number 42, no one is number 42. Then I realized that, although just about every baseball fan knows about the abuse that Robinson continually suffered, relatively few have experienced or can even imagine what it was like.

I would guess that no white male can. So, even if no one is number 42, seeing today’s players wearing Robinson’s number and realizing that they are not Robinson, may just make them, and us, aware of the immensity of the gulf that separates us and the players we watch today, on the one hand, and Robinson, on the other. between the distance that separates us from him and in so doing lessen that distance somewhat.

And, even if it wasn’t Jackie Robinson who integrated twentieth century baseball, the generations of other Black players, those who were excluded because of their race as well as those who disguised it, also are number 42, and we have a chance to recognize them and their achievements and the injustices they suffered.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a complex and contradictory person. He and his achievement stand for more than just one person (or one just person) and just one cause (or one just cause). Jackie Robinson Day should not be a cause of self-congratulation or platitudes, but a day of humble recognition of the injustices people like us have participated in, sometimes and some of us as victims; others, as resisters; and yet others, as beneficiaries. And, finally, at others, in a combination of all those roles.

So much for the pre-game show.

The Tigers, at 6-6, and the A’s, at 5-7, came into the four game series that opened tonight trying to scratch their way towards emerging from the set with a winning record . The visitors arrived, fresh from a three game sweep of the Astros in Houston, where the felines had scored at least a half a dozen runs in every game.

In the first couple of games, Detroit owed 12 of the 14 runs they scored to home runs. Last night, they managed to score six without a single round tripper. Like the A’s, the Tigers have a contingent of players of the injured list. Two of them are position players, Miguel Cabrera and Nomar Mazara. They’re joined by pitchers Rony García and Julio Teheran, both righties.

Detroit sent their promising sophomore, Hayward native Tarik Skubal to the mound for his first appearance against Oakland. He was impressive last year, in spite of his won-lost record of 2-4 and ERA of 5.63. Standing against those not preposeszsing numbers are the six innings he hurled against the Twins, in which he gave up only one run and two hits, combined with two walks and six strikeouts.

Brandon Day of SB Nation reports that the lefty’s fastball and slider’s spin rates have declined noticeable this year and that these pitches are not as effective now as they were then. That decline in effectiveness is reflected in his 0-1, 7.71 figures for 2021.

The A’s, coming off a 2-1 series win over the high flying Astros and a 2-0 sweep of earthbound Diamondbacks, are beginning to strut their stuff. To night’s starting pitcher, Sean Manea, like Skubal, is having trouble regaining his previous form. He entered his 100th major league game with a record of 0-1, 5.06. He’s 39-32, 3.87 lifetime, with a record against Detroit of 2-1-2.84 (1-0, 3.00 in the Coliseum).

Those are based, however, on a small sample size of only 19 innings pitched. After a disaster of a start on April 6, in which he surrendered five earned runs in 4-2/3 to the Astros at the Coliseum, He pitched better in his second and most recent outing, allowing only one run, which was earned, over six innings of work against the ‘stros in Houston five days later.

Oakland’s injured list exceeds Detroits by 50% and consists of Mike Fiers, Reymin Guduan, Chad Pinder, A.J. Puk, Trevor Rosenthal, and Burch Smith).

Both pitchers handled their opponents with ease through two and a half’innings, although the A´s got good wood on the ball in the bottom of the second. Matt Chapman was the victim of a lovely leaping catch just in front of the Kaiser Permante sign in right center, and Matt Olson also saw his hard hit fly to the center field warning track fall for an out.

Both were corralled by center fielder JaCoby Jones. Oakland´s near misses ended when Stephen Piscotty led off the home third by taking a 2-2 Skubal 88 mph slider deep to left for the game’s first tally. But the Tiger from Hayward set down the next two Oaklanders on disputed called third strike calls by home plate umpire Ted Barrett. Mark Canha received an (undisputed) base on balls and advanced to second on Lowrie’s single to left. Short stop Willi Castro bobbled Laureano’s bouncer just to the left of second, loading the bases with Athletics. But Skubal wiggled off the hook by striking out Chapman, who swung and missed, on a full count 94 mph four seamer.

The Tigers quickly evened the score. With one down in thetop of the fourth Jeimir Candelario took advantage of the A’s shift and punched a single to right. After Manaea struck out Renato Núñez, Willi Castro lifted a fly down the right field line. It just barely raised chalk, as shown by the subsequent video review, fell for a double. Manaea retired the side on an innocent pop up to first by Jonathan Schoop. Oh, those missed opportunities!

But the Tigers were generous, and they gave thelead back to their hosts. Olson walked and reached third when Candelario overthrew first on Murphy´s grounder. The A’s catcher took second on the play. Olson ñwescored and Murphy advanced to third on Andrus’s sacrifice fly to surprisingly shallow right field, It looked as if Oakland might forge ahead they loaded the bases with walks to Kemp and Canha, but Lowrie’s warning track fly to center closed the book on the inning.

No one was surprised when Skkubal was removed after throwing 88 pitches (46 of them strikes). He had worked only four innings to reach those totals and had surrendered two hits and four walks. One of the two runs he allowed was earned. He struck out five. He would get the loss.

Skubal’s replacement in the bottom the fifth, Farmer, struck out Laureano and Chapman before allowing a towering home run over the right center field State Farm sign to Olson, his second of the year, to give the A’s a 3-1 advantage.

That advantage shrank to 3-2 when Niko Goodrum led off the sixth by blasting a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall for his first homer of the season.

Joe Jiménez took over mound duties for Detroit in the bottom of the frame. That´s a way of putting it, What he did was walk the bases loaded while striking out one man, Tony Kemp, before giving way to Alex Lange, who was tasked with dealing with Laureano in that dangerous situation.

He dealt with the A’s centerfilelder by walking him. That brought up Chapman, who promptly doubled in Canha and Lowrie and advancing Laureano to 90 feet from home. A 3-2 walk to Olson reloaded the bases, and Lange was gone, replaced by Tyler Alexander, sporting a 12.27 ERA. He walked Murphy, and it was 7-2 with the bases still FOA, full of Athletics. Jiménez had managed to give up three earned runs on no hits in a third of an inning, One run was charged to Lange and non were charged to Alexander until the eighth when he let the score against the Tigers rise to 8-2. He stayed in the game to the bitter end

Yusmeiro Petite pitched a perfect seventh in relief of Manaea, who would get the win. The A’s southpaw pitched a full six innings, throwing 82 pitches, 58 for strikes, two runs he allowed were earned, but his ERA still went downto 4.32. He gave up five hits, one for the distance and struck out seven.

Then JB Wendelken did some mopping up in the eighth. He allowed a walk and a single without letting any Tigers cross the plate. Sergio Romo closed it out inelegantly for the home team, giving up a double to Núñez, a triple to Willi Castro, and a sacrifice fly to Schoop, allowing two runs. He also gave up a single to pinch hitter Sergio Castro.

Tomorrow will see Casey Mize (1-0, 0.82) take for the visitors against Cole Ervin (0-2, 7.45). I wouldn’t recommend that the A’s rest on their laurels.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings struggle with defense again lose by eight,122-114

The Phoenix Sun center Deanadre Ayton (22) takes a shot while being defended by the Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) and De’Aaron Fox (5) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at Phoenix (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Thursday night. The Kings were playing in the second night of a back-to-back that saw them take on the Washington Wizards in Sacramento on Wednesday, and the Pheonix Suns on Thursday. The Sacramento Kings fell on Thursday to the Suns 122-114 in Phoenix. However, before we talk about that game let’s quickly recap Wednesday’s loss.

Flashback Wednesday: In the Kings last game they welcomed into Sacramento the Washington Wizards. The Wizards came into the game as one of the worst teams in the league according to their record, but that didn’t stop them. The Kings didn’t play a very solid defensive game as the Wizards beat the Kings by the final of 123-111. The Kings lost their eighth straight game as the losses continue to mount in the hunt for a play-in spot.

Thursday night recap: The Kings are a much worse team than the Phoenix Suns. That much we knew going into Thursday’s game for the Kings. However, the Kings have been known to win unexpected matchups while failing to take care of the “easy” opponents. The Kings were set to take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at 7 PM PST in Phoenix.

In the first half, The Kings kept up well with the Suns. The first quarter saw the Kings get outscored 33-28. The Kings defense was the blind side as the Suns took advantage. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Suns 37-34 as the Kings made back some of the ground they lost in the first quarter. The Kings would go into halftime down 67-65. The Kings kept it close with the Suns in the first half and would look for the comeback win on the road.

In the second half, the Kings weren’t able to complete a comeback. In the third quarter, the Kings did outscore the Suns 29-28 too keep the game close going into the final quarter. In the final quarter, the Kings offense evaporated. The Kings only managed to score 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Suns put up 27 to seal the deal in the dessert.

The Suns beat the Kings by a final of 122-114. The Kings were led by the usual person in the form of De’Aaron Fox who scored 27 points. For the Suns, Deandre Ayton led the way with 26 points. The Kings have now lost nine games in a row and will head to take on the Mavericks next.

Up Next: The Kings flew to Dallas after the game on Thursday to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at 4:30 PM PST.

Warriors second unit leads team to win over Cleveland Cavaliers 119-101

The Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) heads to the hoop against the Cleveland Cavaliers Darius Garland (10) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors won their fourth straight game Thursday night as they downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-101. The Cavs were determined to stop Stephen Curry from making threes from downtown. Curry was bottled up in the first half. He was held to 13 points and was 0-for-8 from three-point range.

The Cavs raced out to an early 17-6 lead. The Warriors kept fighting back. Juan Toscano-Anderson, coming off the bench, scored eight points in the last four minutes of the first quarter to help bring the Warriors to within three 31-28 at the end of the period. 

With Curry on the bench, the second unit of Jordan Poole, Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Andrew Wiggins, and Kevon Looney propelled the Warriors into the lead 51-39. Curry was back in the lineup, and he made three layups to extend the Warriors to an eleven-point advantage 63-52 at the end of the first half.

Wiggins led the team in scoring with 14. Damion Lee had 9, Poole 8, and Looney six. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 16. Darius Garland had 12, and big six-foot eleven Jarrett Allen had nine. The Warriors held Kevin Love to three points.

The Cavaliers made a run at the Warriors in the third period. The Warriors led by eleven 75-64 when Cleveland went on a 14-4 run to trail by four 79-75. It was at this point in the game when Curry finally was able to make a three. Curry connected on two threes late in the period to get the lead back up to ten 89-79.

The Cavaliers kept attacking, but they could not gain ground. Juan Toscano-Anderson kept Cleveland from getting closer as he knocked down two threes. With just under six minutes left to play, Curry and Draymond Green came back onto the court. Curry’s magic returned as he made two threes. Andrew Wiggins followed with a three to put the Dubs ahead 112-94. The Cavaliers were toast as the Warriors coasted to victory 119-101.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 28-28 for the season. The Warriors won their season-high fourth game in a row and the fifth in the last six games.

Curry, who missed eight three-point attempts in the first half, knocked down four in five attempts in the second half. He finished the night with 33 points, four rebounds, five assists. He was 12-for-25 from the floor and four-for thirteen from behind the three-point arc.

Andrew Wiggins was solid on both ends of the court. Wiggins put 23 points on the board. He was five-for-eight from downtown. He grabbed six rebounds and had six assists. Juan Toscano-Anderson had his best game as a Warrior. The young man from East Oakland tallied 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and made three threes. Jordan Poole had 14, Damion Lee, 11. Kevon Looney finished with eight points and ten rebounds. Green had ten assists.

As a team, the Warriors shot 51% from the floor. They were 17 for 46 from downtown. They outrebounded the bigger Cavalier team 53-46. They had nine steals, five blocked shots, and forced 13 Cavalier turnovers. 

Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 30 points, Darius Garland had 20, Jarrett Allen 17, and Taureen Prince 12. Kevin Love had five.

After the game, Juan Toscano-Anderson had the quote of the night ” I’m having fun playing among the greats.” 

The Warriors announced rookie James Wiseman had surgery to correct a torn meniscus. Wiseman will miss the rest of the season.

The Warriors face the Celtics in Boston Saturday night. The game will start at 5:30 pm. 

After day off, Giants head east to face Marlins, Phillies

San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto left the game complaining of pain in his pitching arm sharp lat tightness in the top of the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed Apr 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, April 15, 2021

After a successful homestand, the San Francisco Giants take Thursday off before embarking on an eastern road trip to Miami and Philadelphia.

The Giants went 5-1 by sweeping Colorado in three games and taking two of three from Cincinnati. On Wednesday, Johnny Cueto picked up his second win while lowering his ERA to 1.80, and Jake McGee earned his sixth save, as San Francisco pulled into second place in the National League West, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games.

San Francisco is 7-3 in its last 10 games, while the Marlins (5-6) are 5-5 in their last 10 outings, including a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and are in third place in the NL East.

Probable starters for the Giants in the Miami series are Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 0.82) on Friday, Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.70) on Saturday and Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) makes his first start of the season on Sunday after being activated off the injured list (lower back stiffness).

Pitching is getting the job done for San Francisco – the Giants have the second-best earned run average in MLB (2.78) and sixth in WHIP (1.07). Donovan Solano leads the Giants with a .353 average, Evan Longoria is hitting .316 with four home runs, Longoria and Brandon Crawford each have eight runs batted in.

Presently, the Giants have two players on the 10-day IL – LaMonte Wade Jr. (strained left oblique) and Reyes Moronta (strained right flexor mass).

Start times (Pacific Daylight Time) for the Miami series are 4:10 p.m. on Friday, 3:10 p.m. on Saturday and 10:10 a.m. on Sunday.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: How bad does it have to get Kings drop 8 straight

The Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside (20) feels the pain after being fouled by the Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) at Golden One Center on Wed Apr 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony R:

#1 The Sacramento Kings are having a bad go of it dropping their eighth straight game to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento and it wasn’t even close 123-111.

#2 Tony, this is a different Kings team that you might remember beat a team like Golden State 141-119 at Golden One back on Mar 25th and the Lakers 123-120 back on Mar 3rd. The Kings have evolved but in the wrong direction.

#3 The Kings last night just couldn’t contain the Wizards top scorer Bradley Beal who finished with 31 points and the Kings defense just couldn’t stop the Wizard offense losing by 12 points.

#4 Once again the Kings De’Aaron Fox did a lot of the heavy lifting leading the Kings scoring with 33 points. The Kings actually need another player with Fox’s caliber to balance out the offense.

#5 The Kings are on back to back nights and play their second game in as many nights tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are on a three game win streak and defeated the Miami Heat on Tuesday night in Phoenix 106-86. Set the stage for tonight’s game in the Valley of the Sun.

Join Tony R every Thursday for Kings basketball podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s open up four game series against Tigers

Oakland A’s lefthander Sean Manaea will start against the Detroit Tigers tonight to begin the first of a four game series at the Oakland Coliseum is seen here pitching to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sep 23, 2020 (AP file photo)

#1 Jerry, How much of a concern should the A’s (5-7) have right now about starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo, Luzardo went 2.2 innings giving up six hits and five runs before being lifted in the third against the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-8) on Tuesday night.

#2 After Luzardo was lifted the A’s bullpen came through six pitchers powered through the D-Backs line up and held Arizona to just two runs from the third inning going forward for the win.

#3 Jed Lowrie was the number one star on Tuesday night after hitting a three run home run to tie the ball game up in the top of the seventh 5-5.

#4 The A’s picked up go ahead runs in the eighth and ninth innings and came away with a 7-5 win their offense has also bailed them out of some close games.

#5 The A’s had the day off on Wednesday and are back to work tonight to open a four game series with the Detroit Tigers (6-6). The Tigers are coming off a four game losing streak which included getting swept by Cleveland and have turned it around with a three game win streak against the Houston Astros. The Tigers will start LHP Tarik Skubal (0-1 ERA 7.71) he’ll be matched up against the A’s Sean Manaea (0-1 ERA 5.06) at the Coliseum tonight at 6:40p.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com