A’s are back in Oakland as they get ready to play Padres Friday night

Mike Clevinger and the San Diego Padres will visit the Oakland Coliseum on Friday through Sunday for the start of a three game series after the A’s have had six of their last eight games postponed (AP News file photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The A’s have returned home and are working out at the Coliseum on Wednesday. A’s manager Bob Melvin announced that all MLB protocols to protect against Covid-19 were maintained. He said that everyone was astounded at the news that someone had been infected. “What could go wrong actually did,” manager Bob Melvin said over a call somewhere in the Coliseum’s concourse. “It’s something we’re going to have to work through and understand. At this point, there’s not much we can do about it except just prepare for the next game.”

The players are working out in groups of three to four players as they get ready to face the surging San Diego Padres for three games starting Friday night.

“It doesn’t matter, you have to be prepared for it,” Melvin said. “You have to go out there with the expectation to win come Friday. The season, in general, has been a mental battle as well. You look at see the standings, you see how teams are doing, there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes that play into it this year more than any other year.”

The A’s shortstop, Marcus Semien, probably will not play Friday night. Semien’s 275 consecutive game streak ended last Saturday when he hurt his side. He is still sore, and Melvin will not put him in the lineup on Friday.

Chad Pinder will return from paternity leave. Tommy LaStella, acquired in a trade with the LA Angels, will make his Oakland A’s debut at second base on Friday. LaStella is a left-handed hitter and will help balance the A’s top-heavy righty lineup.

Lefty pitcher Mike Minor will see action coming in from the bullpen. With four doubleheaders coming up, the A’s will use Minor as a starter to go along with the A’s regular five-man rotation.

The starting pitchers for the Padres’ series will be Jesus, Luzardo, Sean Manaea, and Mike Fiers.

A’s will return to Bay Area as series with Seattle is postponed

Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin pictured here on Feb 13th during spring training says that the worst thing to happen this season is to stop playing. After Thursday the A’s will have missed six out of eight scheduled games due to being postponed (photo from San Francisco Chronicle)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that the series between the A’s and the Mariners had been postponed. For the second day in a row, none of the A’s players or staff had tested positive for Covid-19. That is excellent news. MLB and the A’s are using an abundance of caution to allow for extra testing.

The A’s will now have to make up the five games and face the prospects of playing four doubleheaders this month. The A’s are 22-12 so far and have twenty-six games left to play. The A’s will host the Astros for four games starting September 7th.

It will become a five-game series when they play a doubleheader to make up for last Sunday’s postponement in Houston. After the Houston series, the A’s fly to Texas to play the Rangers. They will play a doubleheader on September 12th.

The A’s then fly to Seattle and will have another doubleheader with the Mariners on September 14th. The A’s have another doubleheader with the Mariners on September 26th. The season ends on the 27th. There is no question that Bob Melvin will have to be at his best preparing his starting rotation ready to face the challenges presented by the schedule.

The A’s have been quarantined in Houston since Sunday. The team will return to the Bay Area instead of traveling to Seattle. The team has not named the player or the staff member that has been infected. That person probably will stay in Houston until he is better.

A’s are dealing with a Covid-19 problem; Have now postponed three of their last five games

Former Oakland Athletic Franklin Barreto will try to get his groove back as he works his way into the Los Angeles Angels line up after being traded to the Angels this week for Tommy LaStella (photo from Athletics Nation)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The A’s had quite a few unusual events happenings the last few days in Texas. The A’s and Rangers postponed the game last Thursday to show support for the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, relating to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

The A’s traveled to Houston to face the Astros for a three-game series. The A’s and Astros are the two teams in the AL West fighting for the top spot. They did not play Friday night to show support for the protests in Kenosha.

The two teams played a double-header on Saturday. Under the new rules for 2020, each game was shortened to seven innings. Things did not go well for the Green and Gold as the Astros won both games and moved to within 2 1/2 games of the West’s top spot.

Also, Marcus Semien, the A’s seemingly indestructible shortstop, missed the second game with an injury. Semien had played in about 250 consecutive games. The damage is not too severe, and Marcus should be back in the lineup soon.

On Sunday, the team announced that someone in the A’s traveling party was tested positive for Covid-19. The team did not say if it was a player or a member of the staff. The game with Houston was postponed.

The A’s immediately were quarantined at the hotel in Houston. The team was not scheduled to play on Monday. No A’s have tested positive after the one positive test on Saturday. Individuals who have tested positive must test negative twice before rejoining the team per MLB protocol.

The team may continue isolating instead of traveling as scheduled because of its potentially long incubation period. The Tuesday and Wednesday games with the Mariners have been postponed.

In other news, the A’s made a trade with the Angels last week. The A’s acquired second baseman Tommy LaStella. LaStella, who hits from the left side, is 31 years-old. He was an All-Star last season and was hitting about .273 at the time of the trade.

LaStella is a pending free agent after the season. The A’s sent Franklin Barreto to the Angels. The 24-year old Barreto played well in Triple-A ball. His slash line was .285/.357/.505, with 53 home runs in 1285 plate appearances. However, he could not produce at the Major-League level. The Angels are hoping a change of scenery will work wonders for him.

The A’s made a trade with the Texas Rangers on Monday. They acquired left Mike Minor in exchange for two prospects. Minor has struggled this season. His record is 0-5 and has a 5.60 ERA. In his last start against the Dodgers, Minor went six innings and pitched well. The A’s are hoping that he can find his 2019 form.

A’s game with Rangers postponed bringing awareness in the Blake shooting

The Oakland A’s statement regarding their postponing Thursday’s game vs. the Texas Rangers at Arlington on Thu Aug 27, 2020 (@Athletics) 

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s notified the Texas Rangers that the team would not play Thursday afternoon. The team voted to bring awareness to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last Sunday. Three other games were also postponed. The Phillies-Nationals, Red Sox-Blue Jays, and the Twins-Tigers joined the other teams protesting systemic racism in America. The A’s statement is below:

“We will not take the field tonight to help raise awareness for these social issues, not just tonight, but for our collective future.”

The A’s discussed not playing Wednesday’s game, as a handful of MLB teams had done, but they ultimately decided to play because the discussion occurred too close to first pitch.
“It was really close to game time,” manager Bob Melvin said after the A’s 3-1 win Wednesday. “And we decided to play. I did give the option for anybody who did not feel comfortable playing not to play.”

First pitch was originally scheduled for 5:37 p.m. at Globe Life Field. The Rangers statement is as follows:

“We respect the decision by the Oakland A’s players to postpone tonight’s game. We stand with all those who condemn racial injustice and are committed to helping bring about an end to systemic racism,” said the Rangers organization in a statement.

The game will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 12 when the A’s are scheduled to return to Arlington.

Major league baseball, The NBA, WNBA, NHL have all had teams postponing their games. As a society, we have come along way since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee to protest racism in 2016.

The killing of George Floyd was the match the lit the fuse. The shooting of Jacob Blake added fuel to the flame. It is time for the United States to end systemic racism in all settings. The time is now.

A’s have just enough offense to beat Rangers 3-1

The Oakland A’s Ramon Luareano scores on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning for a 2-1 A’s lead at Globe Life Stadium in Arlington on Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers (photo from sports.yahoo.com)

By Jerry Feitelberg

As people know, baseball is a strange game. One night the ball is flying out of the park. The next night, hits are hard to come by. On Wednesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, the A’s struggled to put runs on the board.

The Rangers’ young lefty, Kolby Allard, did not allow a hit for the game’s first five innings. Somehow, in the top of the sixth, the A’s put two runs on the board with just one hit. The A’s starter, Mike Fiers, also pitched well. Fiers went six innings and allowed three hits and one run, which was unearned. The A’s added a run in the eight to win 3-1.

The Rangers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third. With one out Shin-Shoo Choo singled. Fiers walked Rangers’ first baseman Danny Santana to put men on at first and second. The Rangers attempted a double steal. A’s catcher Sean Murphy’s throw to second sailed in centerfield, allowing Choo to score. The Rangers lead 3-1 after three.

Allard, who had been fantastic for the first five innings, lost his mojo in the top of the sixth. With one out, Allard walked Marcus Semien and Ramon Laureano. Stephen Piscotty, hitting third, singled to drive in Semien to tie the game.

Allard Walked Mark Canha to load the bases. Rangers’ manager Chris Woodward, brought in Luis Garcia to pitch. With Matt Olson at the plate, Garcia uncorked a wild pitch. Laureano scored to give the A’s the lead 2-1. It was a strange inning. It featured four walks, a single, and a wild pitch.

The A’s added an insurance run in the top of the eighth. Three straight singles by Piscotty, Canha, and Olson loaded the bases with no out. Rangers’ reliever Jonathan Hernandez hit Robbie Grossman with a pitch to drive in Piscotty.

Joakim Soria, Jake Diekman, and Liam Hendriks each pitched an inning. The relievers did not allow a hit as the A’s won 3-1

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are now 22-10 for the year. They lead the second-place Houston Astros by four and 1/2 games in the race for the AL West division crown. The Rangers are now 11-19.

Liam Hendriks recorded his tenth save of the year. Fiers improved to 4-1.
The game featured a lot of strikeouts and walks. Neither team hit a home run. The A’s hitters struck out eleven times and received six walks. The A’s pitchers struck out twelve and issued three walks.

Khris Davis continues to struggle at the plate. Davis has not regained the form that he had in his first three seasons with Oakland. The slugger is hitting just .158 for the year. Ramon Laureano’s woes continue.

Laureano’s average dropped to .208. Matt Chapman almost had the night off. Chappie, who struck out three times in each of the first two games with the Rangers, was on the bench Wednesday night.

Chappie escaped a severe injury Tuesday night when he was hit with a pitch. As Chappie turned to get away from the pitch, the ball hit his batting helmet bill. A’s manager Bob Melvin inserted him into the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement. Chappie made a great defensive play to end the game. He made a bare-handed stab of a slow roller and his throw to first retired Nick Solak for the final out.

The A’s line was three runs, five hits, and one error. The Rangers’ line was one run, three hits, and their defense committed three errors.

The A’s and Rangers meet Thursday again at Globe Life Field. The game will start at 3:37 pm. Chris Bassitt (2-1, 2.97 ERA) will pitch for Oakland. Jordan Lyles (1-3, 9.25 ERA) goes for the Rangers.

A’s get back on winning track win a laugher 10-3 over Rangers

By Jerry Feitelberg
The A’s bounced back to beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 Tuesday evening at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The A’s scored four runs on two two-run home runs. They scored a run in the fourth without the benefit of a hit. In the seventh, they scored five runs on just two singles and a double. Each team had eight hits, but the A’s scored ten times compared to Texas’ three.
A’s lefty Sean Manaea won his second game of the year. He struggled earlier in the season. Manaea went five innings and gave up six hits and three runs. Only one run was earned. The A’s bullpen allowed just two hits and no runs over the last four innings.

The Rangers scored the first run of the night in the bottom of the second. Designated hitter Jose Trevino doubled with one out. Shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to drive in Trevino to make it 1-0. The A’s tied the game in the top of the third. Rangers’ starter Kyle Gibson walked Tony Kemp and Jonah Heim to put men on at first and second with no out. Marcus Semien hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Kemp went to third on the play. Kemp scored when Gibson uncorked a wild pitch.

Oakland took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth. With one out and Mark Canha on first, A’s first baseman, Matt Olson, slammed his tenth big fly into the deep right-centerfield. The ball went 453 feet. Oakland added two more in the fifth. A’s second baseman started the inning when a pitch hit him on the back of his left foot. Marcus Semien hit his fifth dinger of the year to make in 5-1. Texas scored twice in their half of the inning. Manaea hit Rangers’ catcher, Robinson Chirinos, with a pitch. Kiner-Falefa singled. Marcus Semien committed a fielding error that allowed Yadiel Rivera to reach safely. Manaea struck out Leody Tavares for the second out. Left fielder Nick Solak singled to drive in Chirinos and Kiner-Falefa. Manaea retired Todd Frazier to end the inning. Both runs were unearned—the A’s lead 5-3 after five.
In the top of the seventh, the A’s broke the game open. They had two singles, a bases-clearing double, two walks, a hit batter, and an unusual fielder’s choice. Tony Kemp singled to get the rally going. Catcher Jonah Heim, playing in his first Major League game, singled to send Kemp to third. On the next play, Semien hit a sharp ground ball to Rangers’ third baseman Todd Frazier. Frazier threw home to get Kemp. Kemp was caught in a rundown. Somehow, Kemp was able to slide back into third base safely. It was unbelievable as he eluded Frazier’s attempt to tag him out. The A’s now had the bases loaded with one out. Robbie Grossman walked to drive in Kemp. Mark Canha was hit by a pitch to force in Heim, and the bases were still loaded. A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty doubled to left to clear the bases. The A’s lead 10-3.
The A’s relievers, T.J.McFarland, Lou Trivino, and Jordan Weems, kept the Rangers off the board to preserve the win for Manaea.

Game Notes- with the win, the A’s improved to 21-10. The Rangers are now 11-18. The A’s have a four-game lead over the Houston Astros in the race for the top spot in the AL West.
The A’s, as a team, are hitting just .225. They rank 25th in that department. They are eighth in baseball in home runs. They are hitting .215 with runners in scoring position. They struck out ten times Tuesday night and have struck out 311 times so far this year. Matt Chapman struck out three times for the second night in a row.

Chad Pinder was not with the team as he is on paternity leave. The A’s recalled Seth Brown to take his place.
Game three of the four-game series will be played Wednesday night at Globe Life Field. The game will start at 5:05 pm.
Mike Fiers (3-1, 5.81 ERA) will go for Oakland. Lefty Kolby Allard will be on the hill for Texas.

Rangers snap eight-game losing streak beat A’s 3-2; Falefa homer in second get Rangers the gamer

Isiah Kiner-Falefa (9) of the Texas Rangers celebrates heading towards the Rangers dugout after hitting a solo home run in the second inning at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington looking on umpire Lance Barrett (left) and A’s catcher Sean Murphy (right) (photo from sfgate.com)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s started a ten-game rod trip on a sour note. The A’s, winners of four of the last five and eight of the previous eleven, faced the Texas Rangers’ ace, Lance Lynn Monday night, and Lynn did his job allowing five hits and two runs in six and two thirds innings of work. The Rangers won 3-2.

The Rangers snapped an eight-game losing streak Monday night. They limped home after losing two to San Diego and three to the Mariners in Seattle. The A’s always want to get off to a good start on the road by winning the first game.

Alas, that did not happen. Watching the A’s play, the last eight games reminded me of the 2010 San Francisco Giants. That year the Giants won the World Series, but watching the games was “torture.”

The A’s have won, but they have not been able to get their offense going. The A’s had eight hits in the game. They had two hits in the first and two in the ninth. The A’s had three hits in the first two innings and then just three more hits until the ninth.

The A’s drew first blood in the top of the first inning. With two out, A’s DH, Mark Canha, singled to drive in Ramon Laureano to go ahead 1-0. The Rangers plated two in their half of the first to take a 2-1 lead.

A’s right fielder, Stephen Piscotty, led off the second with a 416-foot solo home run to tie the game. The Rangers took the lead for good when Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered to make it 3-2.

The A’s loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Rangers’ closer Rafael Montero struck out Matt Olson looking for the second out of the inning. He then retired Matt Chapman on a fly ball to right to end the game.

Game Notes- With the loss, the A’s are 20-10 for the season. The Rangers improved to 11-17. A’s starter Jesus Luzardo, after giving up three runs in the first two innings, settled down and pitched into the seventh.

His line was six, and 2/3rds innings pitched, three runs and seven hits. Luzardo is now 2-1. The Rangers Lance Lynn’s line was six innings pitched, two runs, five hits, and eight strikeouts. Lynn is now 4-0, and he owns a sparkling ERA of 1.59.

The A’s struck out 13 times Monday night. Matt Olson and Matt Chapman each struck out three times. Khris Davis, mired in an early-season slump, pinch-hit for Sean Murphy in the ninth. Davis, who has 31 home runs against the Rangers in his career, flew out to right for the first out of the inning.

Sean Manaea (1-2, 6.39) will pitch for Oakland Tuesday night. Kyle Gibson (1-1, 4.73 ERA) will be on the hill for Texas. The game will start at 5:05 pm.

A’s open up three game series with Giants at Oracle Park Friday

Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas who gets the start against the San Francisco Giants on Fri Aug 14th at Oracle Park in San Francisco works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO–The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants are both enjoying a day off on Thursday. The teams will begin Part One of the annual Bay Bridge Series Friday night at Oracle Park. They will play three games in San Francisco and three more in Oakland in September.

The A’s are currently in first place in the AL West with a record of 13-6. The Giants are in last place in the NL West with a record of 8-12. The Giants would love nothing better than to upset the A’s applecart this weekend.

Let’s take a look at the starting pitchers. Friday night’s game will feature the A’s Frankie Montas going against the Giants’ Johnny Cueto. Montas, named the American League’s Player of the Week, won his last two starts and struck out fourteen over fourteen innings of work. Overall, he is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.57.

The Giants’ Cueto pitched against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. He had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning. He lost it when veteran outfielder Hunter Pence misplayed a fly ball that fell for a hit. Cueto is 1-0 and has an ERA of 2.57 against Oakland.

On Saturday, rookie left-hander, Jesus Luzardo, pitches for the Green and Gold. Luzardo won his first Major League game last week over the Houston Astros. He went five and 2/3rds innings and allowed just two runs.

The Giants will start Kevin Gausman. Gausman, a former Baltimore Oriole, went six and 1/3rd innings and allowed one run facing the Dodgers last week. Gausman is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts against the A’s.

Sean Manaea will go for Oakland on Sunday. Manaea has not had a great start to the season. He has yet to go five complete innings. In his last start against the LA Angels on Monday, he was unable to make it out of the third innings.

The A’s are hoping that Manaea can get back on track. The Giants will send righty Logan Webb to the hill to face Oakland. Webb is 1-1, and his ERA is 2.71. Against Houston, Webb went three and 1/3rd innings and gave up five runs, and two were unearned. In his only start against the A’s in 2019, Webb went four and 2/3rds innings and allowed four runs.

The A’s, winners of 97 games in 2018 and 2019, are optimistic about making the playoffs again in 2020. They have a strong starting rotation, excellent bullpen, and a roster full of versatile position players.

Shortstop Marcus Semien leads the a’s offense, third baseman Matt Chapman, first baseman Matt Olson, centerfielder Ramon Laureano, right fielder Stephen Piscotty, and left fielder Mark Canha add potent bats to the A’s cause.

The A’s are also solid on defense. Laureano made three sensational plays in Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Chapman is a Platinum Glove winner, and Matt Olson has two Gold Gloves, and Marcus Semien nearly won one last year.

The Giants are a team that is rebuilding. They have a new manager, Gabe Kapler. Andrew Bailey, the former A’s closer, is the pitching coach. Ron Wotus remains at third base for San Francisco.

The Giants will feature several familiar faces in the lineup. Brandon Crawford will be at shortstop. Brandon Belt at first and Evan Longoria will be at third. These three have not hit well to start the season. Crawford is at .208, Belt at .135, and Longo at .213. Second baseman Donovan Solano, who is day-to-day, leads the team with a batting average of .458. He has one home run and 15 RBIs to his credit.

The Giants will play Mike Yasztremski in center, Alex Dickerson in right, and Austin Slater in left. Yaz is hitting .314 with four home runs, twelve RBIs, and an OPS of 1.077. Dickerson stats are .271 BA, two Homers, and 5 RBI. Slater, also day-to-day with a sore right elbow, is hitting .342 with three dingers and four ribbies.

His OPS is 1.076. Pablo Sandoval or Hunter Pence may see time as the designated hitter. Pence can also play in the outfield if needed. Hunter, who had a bounce-back year with Texas in 2019, has had a rough start. Wilmer Flores, the ex-Met, can fill in at third or first base, if necessary.

The following players man the Giants’ bullpen. The Giants will use Trevor Gott as the closer. Shaun Anderson, sidewinder Tyler Rogers, Jarlin Garcia, Caleb Baragar, Sam Selman, Wandy Peralta will all see action over the weekend.

The A’s bullpen has been very reliable for Bob Melvin and the A’s. Yusmeiro Petit, Joakim Soria, Jake Diekman, J.B.Wendelken, T.J.McFarland, Lou Trivino, and closer Liam Hendriks have been consistent throughout the first nineteen games of the season.

The A’s, as mentioned earlier, cannot take the Giants lightly. Good teams don’t let opportunities such as this to slip through their hands. The A’s know the key to success is winning series. On the other hand, the Giants hope to beat the starch out the guys from across the Bay. It is always fun when these two teams get together. It should be no different this weekend.

A’s bounce back beat Angels 8-4

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s, having lost the first two games of the three-game set, with the LA Angels, bounced back Wednesday afternoon to win 8-4. The A’s used three home runs and three fantastic defensive plays by Ramon Laureano to beat LA.

The A’s Chris Bassitt went five and 2/3rds inning to earn his second win of the year. Pitching against the Angels is no easy task as they have two rabbits that set the table for the power guys. Mike Trout homered for the third time in the series and has hit four of eight home runs this season against the A’s.

Anthony Rendon, signed as a free agent after winning a World Series ring with the Washington Nationals, homered for the third straight game. Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols, and Brian Goodwin are all tough outs. The Angels outscored the A’s 20-17 in the series.

The A’s Matt Olson, with two out in the first inning, blasted a 454 foot home run to right field to give the a’s an early 1-0 lead. A’s manager Bob Melvin said Olson’s blast “gave us a jolt of energy.” The lead didn’t last long as the reigning AL MVP blasted a Chris Bassitt pitch over the wall in right field to tie the game. For Trout, it was his eighth of the year and the fourth against the A’s.

The A’s put two more on the board in the second. Mark Canha led off with a double. Robbie Grossman, hitting a robust .310, homered to put the A’s in the lead 3-1. It was Grossman’s third of the year.

The Angels roared back to tie the game in the bottom of the third. With one out, Brian Goodman doubled. Singles by David Fletcher reached on an infield single. Goodwin advanced to third and scored on Tommy LaStella’s single. Fletcher went to third and scored on Mike Trout’s sacrifice fly.

The tie didn’t last long. Stephen Piscotty led off the fourth with a solo home run to left to make it 4-3. Oakland added another run in the fifth. Marcus Semien led off with a double. Angels’ reliever Jacob Barnes retired the next two A’s hitters. Barnes served up a hanging slider to Matt Chapman, and Chappie did not miss. Chappie’s blast went over left fielder Brian Goodwin’s head for a double. The A’s lead 5-3.

The Angels made it a one-run game in the bottom of the sixth. With two out, Angels’ third baseman Anthony Rendon homered. Rendon homered in all three games, and it was his fourth of the year. A’s manager Bob Melvin, brought in Jake Diekman to take over from Bassitt. Diekman struck out Albert Pujols to end the inning. The A’s were still ahead 5-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ramon Laureano made his third sensational defensive play of the day to rob Goodwin of the game-tying home run. Laureano raced back to the base of the centerfield wall and timed his leap to catch the ball as it was about to leave the park.

In the eighth, the A’s scored three runs with only one hit. Three Angel relievers walked Grossman, Piscotty, Murphy, and Marcus Semien for one run. Laureano singled to drive in two more to put the A’s ahead 8-4. Joaquin Soria shut the Angels down in the eighth, and Liam Hendriks closed out the game for Oakland in the ninth. The A’s win 8-4.

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are now 13-6 for the season. The Angels drop to 7-12. Chriss Bassitt is now 2-0. Canning Griffin absorbed the loss, and his record is 0-3.
Ramon Laureano made three outstanding defensive plays and had a two-run single for the day. Liam Hendriks set an A’s record by striking out a batter in 28 consecutive games. He held the record at 27.

The Angels used eight pitchers on Wednesday. Angels’ catcher Jason Castro struck out four times to earn a Golden Sombrero.

The A’s are off on Thursday. They meet the San Francisco Giants for a three-game set at Oracle Park on Friday. It will be the annual Battle of the Bay. The two teams will play six games this year, and the winner of the series gets to receive the Bay Bridge trophy.
Frankie Montas will go for Oakland. Johnny Cueto will pitch for the Giants. The game will start at 6:45 pm.

Dylan Bundy’s pitching and four Angels’ home runs sink the A’s 6-0

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dylan Bundy delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Los Angels Angels downed the A’s 6-0 Tuesday night at Anaheim. The Angels’ starter Dylan Bundy used all five pitches in his repertoire to baffle the A’s for seven innings. The Angels’ offense, for the second night in a row, hammered A’s pitching for four round-trippers.

The Angels have homered thirty-two times this year, the most in the American League. The A’s starter Mike Fiers worked out of a jam in the first inning. He set the Angels down in order in the second and third innings. The fourth inning was a different story.

In the fourth, Angels’ third baseman, Anthony Rendon, led off the frame with a home run. Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani singled. First baseman Albert Pujols followed with a single. In his first year as an Angel, the veteran catcher, Jason Castro, slammed a blast into the seats in the right field. The Angels added a fifth run in the inning when right fielder Brian Goodwin hit a solo home run to make it 5-0.

The Angels shortstop David Fletcher, who loves to hit against the A’s, hit the team’s fourth dinger of the night to make it 6-0.

Dylan Bundy went seven innings allowing just four hits and struck out ten to win his third of the year. Fiers took the loss.

Game notes- Major League baseball suspended A’s centerfielder, Ramon Laureano, for six games for his actions in the brawl Sunday with the Astros. Laureano has appealed the decision and can play until the appeal is heard. Astros’ coach Alex Citron was suspended for 20 games for his role in inciting the brawl.

With the loss, the A’s have lost two in a row and are 12-6 for the season. The Angels improved to 7-11.

The A’s have now been held to no runs in their last fourteen innings of play.
The line score for Oakland was no runs, five hits, and no errors. The Angels’ line was six runs, twelve hits, and no errors.The Angels have hit eight home runs in the series.

Game three will be played at 1:10 pm Wednesday. The A’s will send Chris Bassitt to the hill, and the Angels will counter with Griffin Canning.