Oakland Breaks Four Game Losing Streak defeat Kansas City 9-7

Nick Allen (2) of the Oakland A’s takes off for home on a Jonah Bride RBI single in the top of the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sat Jun 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

Oakland Breaks Four Game Losing Streak defeat Kansas City 9-7

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Oakland A’s (24-49) took on the Kansas City Royals (26-44) in game two of they’re series. The A’s lost game one Friday 3-1. They struggled on offense and never really got going in this game.

The A’s got up on the scoreboard early in this game. Seth Brown hit a single in the first inning driving in Tony Kemp. Sean Murphy grounded out and Ramon Laureano scored for the 2-0 lead.

The A’s would extend their lead in the third inning. Brown grounded out and Kemp would cross home plate for the second time in the game, now leading 3-0.

The Royals got on the board when Bobby Witt Jr. hit a solo home run to left. They trailed in this game 3-1.

The A’s would add more runs in the fourth inning. Nick Allen doubled driving in Elvis Andrus followed by Jonah Bride who singled and Allen scored. Oakland now had a 5-1 lead.

Kansas City added another run in the fourth inning. Cam Gallagher doubled bringing home MJ Melendez and Carlos Santana. Oakland still led but the Royals were making a push. In the sixth inning Cam Gallaher doubled for a second time in the game and Michael Taylor scored. The A’s were clinging onto a 5-4 lead.

Oakland got some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Sean Murphy singled in the seventh driving in Seth Brown and in the eighth inning Tony Kemp hit a home run with Nick Allen on base. The A’s had a nice 8-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.

The Royals pulled the carpet from underneath the A’s in the eighth inning. Michael Taylor hit a homer with two runners on base negating the nice lead that Oakland had. Again Oakland had a slim one run 8-7 lead.

Sam Moll came in for Oakland and didn’t even last the eighth inning. He walked three and allowed the Michael Taylor home run. Lou Trevino took over on the mound trying to get out of the inning without further damage. Trivino had a good inning and it was on to the ninth inning.

The A’s got an insurance run in the ninth inning. Christian Bethancourt scored on a Dylan Coleman wild pitch to take a 9-7 lead. The A’s were three outs away from a win. Trevino would remain in the game trying to to close this one out.

Oakland had to fight to the end in this game. It was a 3 hour and 46 minute marathon. Lee Trevino saved the game breaking their four game losing streak. The A’s had 14 hits in this game with some nice offense.

First pitch in Game Three is schedule for 11:10 AM at Kauffman Stadium. James Kaprielian (ERA 5.98) will take the mound for the A’s. Brady Singer (3-2, 4.34) will get the nod for the Royals.

Oakland Loses Another One to KC 3-1; A’s on four game skid

Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt throws his bat after striking out in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Fri Jun 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Oakland Loses Another One to KC 3-1

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Oakland A’s (23-49) took on another struggling team In Kansas City, the Royals (26-43). Oakland is coming off three straight losses against Seattle at the Oakland Coliseum.

Cole Irving took the mound for Oakland. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and did have a good game but it wasn’t enough as the A’s failed to give him any run support in the 3-1 loss at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

He has not won a game since April 24th. Something that he rarely does is allow more than a single home run in a game but Kansas City’s Edward Olivares did exactly that hitting one in the third inning and a second in the fifth inning.

The Olivares home run in the third inning gave Kansas City the early lead 1-0. In the fourth inning Seth Brown hit a single and drove Tony Kemp home to tie up the game 1-1.

Olivares’ second home run gave the lead back to the Royals in the fifth inning 2-1. The Royals solidified the win in the sixth inning when Carlos Santana singled driving Hunter Dozier home.

Zach Greinke pitched for Kansas City back with the Royals handing the A’s their fourth loss in a row.

Oakland had six hits in the game but but only managed the one run in the fourth inning. They could not string hits together and that has been a problem for the team all season. Seth Brown and Sean Murphy each had two hit games for the A’s.

Oakland will play game two of this series at 1:10 PM tomorrow afternoon. On the mound for the A’s will be Jared Koenig (1-2, 6.59) who had a great game in his last outing with a much improved ERA at 6.59. His last win was Sunday beating the Royals 4-0. Kansas City will start Brad Keller (2-8, 4.30).

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmson: A’s open three game set with Royals in Kansas City tonight

The Oakland A’s Sheldon Neuse slides in at home plate in the bottom of the first inning to score the A’s only run of the game against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Jun 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas left little doubt that he’s a front line pick for the July trade deadline. Montas went eight innings and threw a no hitter for 7.2 innings against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 Montas has been keeping opponents off balance all season long with his brand of pitching. Opposing teams know that they’ll have their hands full when they face him.

#3 The pair of wild pitches by reliever AJ Puk in the top of the ninth that allowed the tying run and go ahead run had to be one of Puk’s worst meltdowns this season?

#4 It also had to be a tough afternoon for A’s reliever Zach Jackson who loaded the bases for Puk and he ended up taking the loss because he was responsible for the runners left on base.

#5 The A’s open a three game series with the Royals tonight the A’s will start Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14) he’ll be opposed by the Royals Zack Greinke (0-4, 5.05) this ball game is underway at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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A’s pen melts down in ninth hands M’s 2-1 win; Montas’ excellent pitching performance goes to waste

Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas (47) pitched a gem but was lifted after eight innings of work against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Jun 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–A couple of baseball adages apply to Thursday afternoon’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s. The first adage is the one that says the winning team has to record 27 outs.

The second adage says good teams find ways to win, and bad teams find ways to lose. The A’s found a way to lose on Thursday that had the fans booing the team after the game. The A’s Frankie Montas had his best outing of 2022.

Montas held the M’s hitless until two outs in the top of the eighth. The M’s broke up his no-hit bid with two singles. Montas retired J.P.Crawford for the final out in the eighth and left the game with the A’s ahead 1-0.

All the bullpen had to do was get three last three out to preserve the win for Montas. What happened in the top of the ninth left A’s fans shaking their heads. The A’s bullpen issued four walks and two wild pitches to give the M’s two runs without the benefit of a hit. Seattle managed just two hits in the game and won 2-1 to sweep the three-game series.

The A’s plated a run in the bottom of the first. A’s third baseman Sheldon Neuse led off with a single. M’s starter Robbie Ray retired the next two hitters. A’s DH Sean Murphy walked to send Neuse to second. Cristian Bethancourt followed with a single to drive in Neuse with the run.

There was a scary moment in the “s half of the fifth. Sheldon Neuse hit a slow grounder to M’s third baseman, Abraham Toro, with two out. Toro’s throw to first appeared to hit the first baseman Ty France in his midsection.

France dropped to the ground in agony. After, the M’s medical staff got him back on his feet. France was unable to continue. Dylan Moore replaced him at first base. Neuse was ruled safe on the play. Robbie Ray retired Jonah Bride for the third out. The A’s lead 1-0 after five.

Montas continued his excellent outing into the top of the eighth. Frankie retired the first two hitters he faced. The next hitter, M’s second baseman Adam Frazier, hitting .221, singled to left to break up Montas’ no-hit bid. M’s catcher Luis Torrens followed with a single to put Frazier into scoring position. Montas retired J.P.Crawford for the third out. The A’s still had the lead 1-0 after eight innings.

Things got a bit hairy in the top of the ninth. A’s manager Mark Kotsay called on righty Zach Jackson to pitch. Jackson committed the cardinal sin of walking the leadoff hitter in the ninth. He retired Julio Rodriguez for the first out. Jackson’s control was slightly off as he walked Jesse Winker, which sent Moore into scoring position. Jackson struck out Eugenio Suarez for the second out.

The A’s brought in A.J. Puk to face Kevin Padlo. He walked Padlo to load the bases. Seattle tied the game on Puk’s wild pitch to Abraham Toro. Puk walked Toro on a 3-2 pitch. The ball got by Christian Bethancourt. Winker scored on the pitch.

The M’s have scored two runs in the ninth without the benefit of a hit. Four walks and two wild pitches. The M’s lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth. A’s manager Mark Kotsay will probably be criticized for taking Montas out of the game. The A’s bullpen did not do the job. The ways the a’s are going, Montas has to wonder if he has to throw a no-hitter if he hopes to win a game.

The M’s closer, Paul Sewald, retired the A’s in order 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win for Seattle 2-1. They swept the three-game series.

Game Notes: The A’s are now 23-48 for the year. They are competing with the Cincinnati Reds for the worst record in baseball. The Reds kept pace with the A’s as they lost to the LA Dodgers 10-5 on Thursday.

The A’s had lost ten consecutive home series for the first time since June 20th, 1916, when they were in Philadelphia. The A’s are 8-28 in their last 36 games. 

The A’s offense continues to flounder. The A’s line was one run, five hits, and no errors. The A’s have scored one run or fewer in 26 of the 71 games played this year. They are last in hitting with a team average of .209. Teams can’t win many games this way.

The A’s starting pitching has an ERA of 4.46 for the season, which is the second-highest in the American League. The bullpen is 1-7 with six blown saves and a 6.61 ERA over the last 25 games. These numbers indicate a team that one can say is not very good.

The A’s are on their way to Kansas City to face the Royals for three games starting Friday night. Lefty Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14 ERA) will pitch for Oakland. Former AL Cy Young award winner, righty Zach Greinke(0-4, 5.05 ERA), will pitch for K.C. The game will start at 5:10 pm.

The time of the game was two hours and fifty-eight minutes. Eight thousand two hundred seventeen fans watched the A’s hand the M’s a 2-1 win. 

Oakland A’s podcast with Daniel Dullum: A’s too wild to stay in game against M’s in 2-1 loss; Oakland reliever Puk throws two wild pitches in 9th

The Seattle Mariners Jesse Winker scores from third base on Oakland A’s pitcher AJ Puk’s second wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland on Thu Jun 23, 2022

On the A’s podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, the Oakland A’s (23-48) leading 1-0 for eight innings couldn’t hold on in the ninth inning as reliever AJ Puck threw two wild pitches that allowed two runs to scored as the Seattle Mariners (32-39) came away with a 2-1 win.

#2 Meanwhile the A’s back in the bottom of the first inning scored their only run of the game when Cristian Bethancourt hit a single that scored Sheldon Neuse. What makes this so unusual the A’s have had to scratch for getting a run of any kind.

#3 The A’s got superb pitching from starter Frankie Montas who threw shutout ball until he was lifted after eight innings of dealing. Montas’ line eight innings, two hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

#4 The A’s relivers Zack Jackson and AJ Puk couldn’t salvage the game in the top of the ninth. The A’s leading 1-0 saw the bases loaded and Puk replaced Jackson. Puk threw a wild pitch that allowed the Mariners Dylan Moore to score from third base to tie it up 1-1. Another Puk wild pitch allowed Jesse Winker to score from third for the Seattle go ahead run making it 2-1.

#5 The A’s go back to the drawing board and open a three game series in Kansas City where they’ll start Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14) he’ll be opposed by the Royals Zack Greinke (0-4, 5.05) a 5:10 pm first pitch at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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That’s Amaury News and Commentary: How long will the A’s keep Frankie Montas?

Frankie Montas Oakland A’s starter has been lights out but has not been getting any run support and could be a candidate for a blockbuster trade (ESPN file photo)

How long will the A’s keep Frankie Montás?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–How long with the A’s keep Frankie Montás? That is “The $64,000 dollar question”. Back in the late 1950’s, there was a game show on CBS-TV prime time with that title. Although today $64,000 is not enough even to buy you an electric car, this is the question that many A’s fans I speak with before every game at the Oakland Coliseum will like to have an answer to.

They have seen all the A’s established players getting traded before the season began; from Olson to Chapman, to Chris Bassitt to others that produced and helped the team make it to the postseason in recent history.

On a warm Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum in front of an 8,215 in attendance, Frankie Montás pitched one of his best games ever, trying to prevent the Seattle Mariners from sweeping the A’s in a 3-game series.

Montás pitched eight innings (had a no-no for 7 2/3, threw fastballs at 99 mph, mixed with his nasty splitter, plus) gave up only two hits, no runs, and struck out eight. His eight innings pitched was a season high. Seattle won the game 2-1.

Montás is 0-3 with a 1.79 ERA in 6 games against AL West teams and 3-4 with a 4.27 in nine starts against the others. For A’s pitchers is dangerous this year to give one or two runs, because their offense is well…offensive. The A’s have been shutout nine times already.

The night before the A’s best pitcher by record, Antioch native Paul Blackburn did not have much on the ball as he gave seven earned runs on ten hits to the Mariners, his team lost 9-0. Although Blackburn should be headed to his first All Star game because of his performance so far, 6-3 with a 2.97 ERA, we all know the best and definitely must gutsy pitcher for the green and gold is Dominican-born Frankie Montás.

Frankie Montás has the most value of any of the current Oakland Athletics active roster and with the shortage of starting pitchers among contending teams, it would be a surprise for the A’s to keep him prior to the regular August 2 deadline.

There are many reasons for that. Common sense will tell us that even if he stayed with the team the whole season, the A’s still will not be a contender. The other reason is just a fact of life in Oakland in 2022, you are here for a short amount of time and logically there are half dozen teams that have been interested in Montás since Spring Training.

We most never think that because he has not been traded, he will stay with the A’s the rest of the season. In my opinion (and I am not a betting man) still a long shot.

The Chicago White Sox come to mind. They were supposed to win the weak Central Division “going away” and they still might, but as of today that is debatable as the Guardians and Twins are definitely looking like they also can win.

Andrew Vaughn is the type of player the A’s can use, the 24-year old Santa Rosa native is on his second year with the White Sox, playing everyday hitting .333 with seven home-runs and 31 runs batted in.

This is just one of many scenarios that have been mentioned during the past few months of a possible trade. Other teams have also ‘check the tires’ on Frankie Montás. It is possible that the A’s want more than Vaughn for Montás and that is keeping both sides from pulling the trigger.

I would like nothing more than for Frankie Montás to be part of the rebuilding going on here in Oakland. and possibly when they move to their new ballpark he can be surrounded by productive players, that would make the Oakland A’s a contender again.

I am the eternal optimist, but I also have my feet planted on the ground and will doubt if he did stayed for this whole 2022 season. It just doesn’t make sense, plus his demand after today’s performance went way up. If anything, after this afternoon in Oakland more General Managers are aware of who is Frankie Montás who has pitched his heart out with very little run support.

Early in the season manger Mark Kotsay told me when I asked him how important is Frankie Montás for his team, he responded “very important, everytime he pitches, our team feels they can win the game”.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play talent on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: No Swinging A’s in series against Mariners

Oakland A’s shortstop Nick Allen (left) gets the ball too late as the Seattle Mariners Julio Rodriguez (right) slides in safely at second base in the top of the third inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Jun 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry, the Oakland A’s have simply have not been getting any hitting throughout the first two games of the series with an 8-2 loss on Tuesday and the Seattle Mariners blew the A’s out on Wednesday night 9-0.

#2 The A’s up and down their line up struggled on Wednesday night faced just two Mariners starter George Kirby who went six innings giving up five hits, one walk and six strike outs shutting out the A’s during his time on the mind keeping A’s hitters off balance.

#3 With the A’s with no runs scored only two players got two hits in the contest centerfield Ramon Laureano and catcher Sean Murphy which showed how much this team is struggling just to get on base.

#4 Also the A’s fifth pitcher in the game was position player Sheldon Neuse who was inserted to relieve in the top of the ninth inning retired three hitters in order who all hit the ball to the warning track. Neuse was left in the game as a designated hitter.

#5 The A’s battle the Mariners once more on Thursday to conclude the three game series at the Coliseum starting for the Mariners Robbie Ray (6-6, 4.25) and for the A’s Frankie Montas (3-7, 3.53) a 12:37 pm PDT first pitch

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

Mariners 5 run fifth too much for A’s with no chance to comeback in 9-0 loss

Seattle Mariners’ Jesse Winker celebrates with Julio Rodriguez, left, after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fifth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Jun 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

Seattle. 9. 13. 0

Oakland. 0. 7. 0

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–In 1954, the first year since 1948 in which the Yankees didn’t win the American League pennant–in fact, they won the World Series all those years– Douglas Wallop published a novel that soon became a hit Broadway musical and later a box office smash from Hollywood. That prophetic novel bore the prophetic title “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant,” and its adaptations were heralded as “Damn Yankees!”

All of you know the story. Joe Hardy, a middle aged realtor from Washington, DC, makes a deal with the devil to become Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo, the second coming of Joe Jackson.

A turning point comes when Joe, a lifelong fan of the Senators –who earned the motto “Washington, first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League”– playing for his favorite team, feels remorseful after breaking up a no hitter being pitched by Bobby Shantz. To keep Joe from opting out of his contract, the devil summons the temptress Lola, who confidently announces, “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.”

Shantz was a lefty who pitched for the Philadelphia and Kansas City A’s from 1949 through 1956 and didn’t have the chance to pitch for a good ball club until he joined the Yankees in 1957. Nonetheless, he managed to go 24-7,2.48 for the 1952 A’s, a team that went 79-75-1. accounting for an astounding 30% of Philadelphia’s wins.

I often think of Bobby Shantz when, as happened tonight, Paul Blackburn is the A’s starting pitcher. His win share doesn’t match Shantz’s feat of 70 years ago, much less Ned Garver’s achievement of 1951, when he went 20-12, 3.73 for the 52-102 St. Louis Browns, but with 26% of Oakland’s 23 victories at game time, Blackburn is worthy of their company, especially in the light of the expansion of rotations between the early 1950s and early 2020s.

Game recap: And let’s not forget that the season’s still young. When the game was over and Seattle had defeated Oakland by the resounding score of 9-0, Blackburn was the losing pitcher and has a record of 6-3, 2.97, while the A’s, who took the field at 23-45 were 23-46.

Blackburn had lasted only four plus innings and was charged with seven runs, all earned, on 10 hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Of his 92 deliveries, 58 were counted as strikes, but he still was credited with 26% of his team’s wins.

The Mariners’ starting pitcher, George Kirby, didn’t come to the Coliseum with any historical, literary, or show biz baggage of which I’m aware, just a more than respectable 1-2, 2.56 record with a fourth place team in a five team division.

The 24 year old righty hadn’t started a major league game before this year. He pitched the first five innings of the May 24 game against Oakland at T-Mobile Field, getting a no decision in the A’s 7-5 win, allowing four runs, all earned, on eight hits, including a homer, and striking out nine without walking anyone.

He left tonight’s contest after hurling six shutout frames, holding Oakland to five hits and a walk. He struck out six and brought his record to 2-2,3.12, throwing 96 pitches, for strikes, in the process.

The game started inauspiciously for the home team. JP Crawford led off with a line drive to center that fell in for a single. Ramón Laureano dropped the ball, and Crawford advanced to second. For some reason the scorer ruled it a double.

Two batters later, Julio Rodríguez smacked a 92 mph sinker over Laureano’s head and on a hop over the dead center field fence, scoring Crawford. In spite of a subsequent walk and wild pitch, Blackbourn got himself out of the jam, and the A’s came up for their first at bats trailing by only 1-0.

Blackburn coughed up another tally with two down in the second and Cal Raleigh, batting in the ninth position with an average of .185 (.183 from the left side) tore the leather off of another 92mph slider from the A’s righty. This one didn’t bounce, coming down 416 feet deep, over the fence in center to double the Mariners’ lead.

France led off the third with a single to left center and was forced out at second on Nick Allen’s nifty backhanded grab and throw of a Rodríguez grounder to the left side. Rodríguez proceeded to steal second and score on Jesse Winker’s single to right center.

After Blackburn fanned Eugenio Suárez for the second out, Winker made it to third on Taylor Trammell´s high bouncer down the right field foul line that Stephen Vogt, playing first, leaped for but couldn’t come down with.

It went for another double. Justin Upton walked to clog the basebaths, but Blackburn struck out Adam Frazier and once more limited the Mariners to a single run. But that run made it 3-0, Seattle.

The visitors made up for not scoring in the fourth by adding five runs to their lead in the fifth. After Rodríguez’s lead off single to right center, Winker unloaded on a changeup to blast his sixth round-tripper of the year. This one went 422 feet into the right field seats.

Blackburn stuck around long enough to give up a single to Suárez and a double to Trammell before ceding to Domingo Tapia. The reliever caught Upton looking at a third strike, but Frazier reached first when his grounder to short allowed Suárez to cross the plate. After Raleigh went down swinging, Crawford drove Trammell and Frazier in with a double to right center.

All of Tapia’s inherited runners had scored, putting the M’s up 8-zip. They added another run in the seventh on a single by the pinch hitting Abraham Toro and a double to the also pinch hitting Kevin Padlo, after which Lou Trivino came on to close out the frame.

Austin Pruitt set the M’s down in order in the eighth.

Penn Murfee was on the mound for the Seattle when the A’s came to bat after the seventh inning stretch shut them down, allowing only a single to Vogt. He was followed by Tommy Milone in the eighth, who set the Athletics down to a conga beat–one, two, three, kick– and hung around for the ninth to close the game out.

Utility infielder Sheldon Neuse pitched–I should say lobbed–the top of the ninth for the disheveled A’s. He retired the side in order, all the outs coming on flies to the warning track. The green and gold will try to salvage a win out of this series tomorrow at 12:37 when they send Frankie Montás (3-7,3.53) to the mound to duel with the M’s Robbie Ray (6-6,4.25).

Mariners back to back to back home runs in 7th inning bury A’s 8-2 at Coliseum

Seattle Mariners’ Jesse Winker, right, smashes an RBI double in front of Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy (12) in the top of the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum Tue, Jun 21, 2022. (AP News photo)

Seattle. 8. 12. 0

Oakland. 2. 7. 0

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The Oakland Athletics opened their three game series against the Seattle Mariners hoping to extend their one game winning streak that left them at 23-45 to 24-45.

They failed miserably, and when all was said and done, the green and gold’s record had fallen to an abysmal 23-46, dropping them to seven games behind the visiting Mariners in the battle for fourth place in the five team division. Seattle had entered the fray at 29-39 and emerged from it with a balance of 30-39

The team from the Puget Sound sent Marco González, 30 year old southpaw veteran of eight big league campaigns, who had been the first round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 draft.

He brought a 3-7, 3.41 record with him and left after eight innings of excellent work, having allowed two runs, both earned, on seven hits, one of which went yard, and a walk bringing his ERA down to 3.33. He threw 101 pitches, 73 qualifying as strikes, on the way to earning his fourth win of the year against seven defeats.

The starting pitcher for the East Bay contingent was 28 year old right hander James Kaprielian, sporting the unenviable record of 0-5, 6.31. He didn’t perform in his only 2022 appearance against Seattle, a game the A’s won 7-5 at T-Mobile Park on May 24. He threw five innings and was responsible for all of the Mariners’ runs, and they were earned.

Tonight, he pitched well for five frames before being driven from the mound with one out in the Seattle sixth. He gave two runs, both earned, on five hits, one of which went the distance, two walks, and a hit batter. He struck out seven and had a pitch count of 89, 32 of which were balls.

There were a couple of faces in the A’s lineup we hadn’t seen in a while. Sheldon Neuse was at the hot corner, batting seventh, and Nick Allen followed him in the batting order and covering second. Both of them, along with southpaw reliever Kirby Snead, were recalled from Las Vegas earlier today.

In other roster moves announced today, Domingo Tapia was added to the roster as a substitute player. Dany Jiménez was added to the 15 day IL retroactive to Monday, Sam Moll was put on the Covid 19 list, and Matt Davidson was DFA’d. Luis Barrera, who had contributed significantly at the bat and on the field in Sunday’s win over Kansas City was optioned back to the Aviators yesterday shortly on Monday.

Taylor Trammell put the Mariners one up by depositing Karprielian’s first offering of the third, a 94 mph four seamer, 399 feet, over the fence in dead center field. It was his third home run and eighth RBI of the season.

A hit batter and a double play later, Ty France bounced a ball just over Christian Bethanccourt’s head, down the first base line and stretched it into a two base hit. The A’s challenged Nic Lentz’s safe call, but it was, correctly, upheld. So, after two and a half frames, Oakland was on the short end of a 1-0 score.

It stayed that way until the top of the sixth, when Julio Rodríguez led off with a single to left and raced home on the double that Jessel Winker lined into the right field corner. Eugenio Suárez followed that with a fly that Pinder chased down at the left center field wall in front of the Ray Fosse sign.

That was it for Kaprielian, who was relieved by the newly returned Kirby Snead, who ended the threat by getting Justin Upton to fly out to right and picking off Dylan Moore, who had pinch hit for Adam Frazier and received an intentional pass.

Kirby walked Taylor Trammell and Cal Raleigh to open the top of the seventh, throwing in a wild pitch that allowed the former to take second while the latter was at bat. Then he showed himself to be his own best friend by inducing JP Crawford to bounce into a 1-6-3 double play.

This brought Austin Pruitt out of the bullpen and on to the mound. He should have stayed in the bullpen. Ty France singled up the middle to bring in Trammell with Seattle’s third tally, which was charged to Snead.

He followed this up by surrendering back to back to back blasts to Julio Rodríguez, Winker, and Suárez. Those round trippers measured 445, 439, and 411 feet respectively. Pruitt finally retired the side by striking out Moore. Oakland now trailed 7-0.

Their bats finally woke up in the home seventh, thanks to the returning infielders. Neuse hit a one single to right center and trotted home on Allen’s two out 378 foot four bagger that landed in the left field seats, 378 feet from home. It came off a 79 mph change up and cut the M’s margin to 7-2.

It was no surprise that Pruitt didn’t come out to pitch the eighth after his disastrous third of an inning on the mound. Adam Oller took care of that frame. In spite of a two out double, confirmed on review, again correctly, by Raleigh, Oller held the score to 7-2.

He didn’t do as well in the visitors’ ninth. After surrendering a single to France, he hit Rodríguez with a pitch and loaded the bases with a walk to Winker. He almost pulled a Houdini, retiring Suárez on an infield fly and fanning Moore. But Justin Upton singled to left, driving in only one run, thanks to baseball´s don’t rub it in unwritten rule. So the A’s went into the ninth with an 8-2 deficit.

Erik Swanson set the A’s down 1-2-3 in the eighth, and Ken Giles did the same in the ninth

The same teams will play each other tomorrow at 6:40 with George Kirby (1-2, 3.56) pitching for the M’s and hard luck Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26) going for the A’s in a battle of right handers.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: If A’s can score Howard Terminal will it come back and bite the Giants on SJ territory rights?

Artist rendition of Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark on the left outside view and on the right inside view from behind the plate (illustration from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary:

#1 Amaury, Howard Terminal in Oakland is a lot closer to Oracle Park in San Francisco than the city of San Jose. In the event that the A’s do pull it off and get a waterfront ballpark at Jack London Square could that possibly cut into some of the Giants revenue fan base?

#2 If the A’s do get to move to Howard Terminal would Giants team president Larry Baer and the team ownership have taken a gamble blocking the A’s from moving to San Jose and if the A’s could pull off a coup in getting a new park at Howard Terminal.

#3 Economically, the A’s will be all the rage if they can get a new waterfront ballpark as the Giants and Oracle park novelty has worn off. The Giants have been drawing less than 25,000 on weeknights and are not selling out like they used to. Do you see it becoming a competitive two team market if the A’s can get the waterfront park?

#4 The Bay Conservation and Development Commission recommended on Friday to move the port designation on the 56 acre property giving way to strong possibility that they will vote in favor of the A’s ballpark and Howard Terminal project on Jun 30th.

#5 Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff will be termed out at the end of this year and there are some key candidates running for Mayor. The A’s president David Kaval had expressed that there will be a new mayor and new city council so which way will the new ballpark end up once that election happens?

#6 Your familiar with former Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente who is a two time Councilman from 1992-2013. De La Fuente is throwing his hat in the ring for Mayor. De La Fuente lost twice when he ran for mayor to Jerry Brown and Ron Dellums. Mayor Schaff has not endorsed a candidate yet but is a close ally of councilwoman Loren Taylor. Knowing De La Fuente where does he stand on a new A’s ballpark and where does Councilwoman Taylor stand?

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com