That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: It’s Olson and Braves down for a battle with A’s tonight at Coliseum

 Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) who scored, Austin Riley (27) and Dansby Swanson (7) all congratulate the Atlanta Braves Matt Olson after hitting a top of the eighth inning grand slam at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on Wed Aug 24, 2022. Olson and the Braves are in Oakland to open a two game series at the Oakland Coliseum Tue Sep 6, 2022 (AP file photo)

On That’s Amaruy’s News and Commentary’s podcast:

#1 Seth Brown was swinging the heavy bats for the Oakland A’s (50-85) hitting two home runs and Oakland got some nifty pitching out starter Adrian Martinez and four relievers for a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles (71-62) at Camden Yards in Baltimore to avoid getting swept in three games.

#2 The Orioles who had a six consecutive game win streak going had it snapped with the loss and drop to 2.5 games behind third place Toronto for the final AL wild card spot. The O’s in order to get back in the hunt will have to do some damage on the Jays starting Monday as they open up a four game series at Camden.

#3 The A’s will be facing a team that came from behind in 2021 to win the National League crown and then went on to defeat a very good Houston Astros team four games to two. The Atlanta Braves started slowly this year but have been on fire.

#4 They trail the first place New York Mets by one game in the standings. Their record is 84-51. The Braves, the Mets, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the three best teams in the National League. 

#5 The Braves will be starting Kyle Wright whose 17-5 and former Athletic Matt Olson will be facing his old teammates tonight at the Coliseum and he could very well be the reason why the A’s will get extra fans out at the Coliseum tonight.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Brown supplies the home runs and Martinez provides the pitching

Oakland Athletics shortstop Sheldon Neuse can’t handle the hot potato hit to him at shortstop by the Baltimore Orioles Ramon Urias at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Sun Sep 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara Oakland A’s first baseman Seth Brown had himself an after noon slugging two home runs off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Spencer Watkins.

#2 Oakland starter Adrian Martinez and four A’s relievers combined for a shutout giving up a combined three hits, two walks and four strikeouts in six innings of work.

#3 The loss for the Orioles reduces them in the AL wild card standings and increases the number of games in chasing the third and final wild card spot held by the Toronto Blue Jays by 2.5 games.

#4 The win for the A’s avoids them from getting swept by the O’s. The A’s did have to work for it scoring a run in the top of the second and another two runs in the top of the third.

#5 The A’s return to the Oakland Coliseum for a brief two game series starting Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves starter Kyle Wright (17-5, 2.85) goes for the Braves and the A’s will start Cole Irvin (7-11, 3.35) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Barbara for all the A’s podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Four A’s pitchers combine in six hit shutout of Orioles 5-0 at Camden Yards; A’s avoid getting swept

Oakland Athletics’ Vimael Machin, right, and Seth Brown (left) celebrate their win over the Baltimore Orioles Sun Sep 4, 2022 at Camden Yards in Baltimore (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Seth Brown was swinging the heavy bats for the Oakland A’s (50-85) hitting two home runs and Oakland got some nifty pitching out starter Adrian Martinez and four relievers for a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles (71-62) at Camden Yards in Baltimore to avoid getting swept in three games.

The Orioles who had a six consecutive game win streak going had it snapped with the loss and drop to 2.5 games behind third place Toronto for the final AL wild card spot. The O’s in order to get back in the hunt will have to do some damage on the Jays starting Monday as they open up a four game series at Camden.

In the meantime the A’s played the role of spoiler Sunday behind Martinez who pitched six innings giving up three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. After dropping the first two games of this series to the Orioles the A’s were laser focused in trying to get into the win column.

With good pitching the A’s got runs in the top of the second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead. In the top of the second inning Sheldon Neuse hit for an RBI single and in the third catcher Shea Langeliers hit a two run RBI single.

Orioles starter Spencer Watkins surrendered another run in the top sixth and that was all for him pitching six innings, with nine hits, four earned runs one walk and no strike outs. The biggest let down for Watkins were the two home runs he coughed up to rightfielder/first baseman Brown who hit a homer in the top of the sixth and top of the eighth innings.

Martinez had set down ten Oriole hitters before giving up a walk to Jorge Mateo “Everybody’s been at that point of just pressing, and I think we’re finally starting to see the results of being together and trying to get the next guy out,” Brown said. “Somebody’s going to come up big, and it just happened to be me today.”

A’s have Monday off and they’ll host the Atlanta Braves and starter Kyle Wright (17-5, 2.85) on Tuesday night the A’s will start Cole Irvin (7-11, 3.35) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

Multiple Baltimore Homers Beat Oakland 8-1

First inning action as the Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson takes a lead off first base on Oakland A’s pitcher Adam Oller in the bottom of the first inning at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Sat Sep 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

Multiple Baltimore Homers Beat Oakland 8-1

By Barbara Mason

The Oakland A’s (49-85) took on the Baltimore Orioles (71-61) in the second game of their three game series on Saturday night. The A’s lost game one keeping it close until the eighth inning. The Orioles scored three runs in the eighth beating Oakland 5-2.

Oakland got an early run in the first inning leading 1-0; a lead that was short-lived. Sean Murphy sacrificed and Tony Kemp scored.

The Orioles answered in the first inning with a Ryan Mountcastle home run with Cedric Mullins on base. Baltimore took a 2-1 lead . This was just the beginning of a slug fest on the part of the Orioles. In the third inning Mountcastle homered for a second time with Anthony Santander on base extending their lead 4-1.

In the fourth inning Cedric Mullins homered, this one a solo shot. Anthony Santander homered in the same inning, another solo giving the Orioles a 6-1 lead.

In the fourth inning the A’s had the bases loaded with one out but came away empty. Chad Pinder grounded into a double play and Oakland had squandered a great opportunity to put some more runs on the board,

Baltimore would tack another run on in the sixth inning to lead 7-1. Adley Ruthschman singled driving in speedster Jorge Mateo. Oakland really had their work cut out for them and they were running out of time.

In the eighth inning the Orioles would hit their fifth homer of the game. Ruthschman knocked a solo out of the park and it had been all Baltimore since the first inning of this game.

Tomorrow’s game three will be a 10:35 first pitch. Oakland will try to avoid the sweep sending Adrian Martinez (3-3, 5.28) to the mound. Spencer Watkins (4-5, 4.26) will start for Baltimore.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Two doubles from O’s Henderson helps defeat A’s 5-2

The Baltimore Orioles Jorge Mateo gets the splash treatment from teammates as Mateo got a two run RBI in the bottom of the eighth against the Oakland A’s at Camden Yards in Baltimore (AP News photo0

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson smashed two doubles and Jorge Mateo got a two run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap off a three run rally and help top the Oakland A’s at Camden Yards 5-2 on Friday night.

#2 Orioles rookie Adley Rutschman got a bases on balls that forced in a running with the bases loaded that put the Orioles ahead 3-2 breaking a 2-2 deadlock in the eighth.

#3 Rutschman was jazzed about the win and said that his teammates have each others backs and that the players have confidence in the coaches on the Orioles.

#4 The Orioles Ryan Mountcastle reached base in the top of the third inning with an RBI single for the second run to give the O’s a 2-0 lead off A’s starter JP Sears who before facing Mountcastle gave up only two runs in scoring position after facing 25 hitters.

#5 For Saturday night at Camden in game 2 of the series the Oakland A’s Adam Oller (2-6, 5.66) will be facing Baltimore pitcher Austin Voth (4-2, 4.48). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PT.

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

Athletics Drop First Game Against Baltimore 5-2

The Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson is seeing double after hitting a third inning double against the Oakland A’s at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Fri Sep 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

Athletics Drop First Game Against Baltimore 5-2

By Barbara Mason

The Oakland Athletics (49-84) took on the Baltimore Orioles (70-61) Friday night in a three game series at Oriole Park. Oakland is coming off a three game series with the Nationals only winning one of the three.

The A’s took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the tenth inning in game three in that series only to let it slip away when Joey Meneses homered driving in two runners and that was the ball game 7-5 on Wednesday.

Friday night Oakland sent JP Sears to the mound in the hopes of getting back on track. Sears has a 5-1 win/loss record and a 2.28 ERA. Baltimore is in fourth place in the American League East with a 69-61 record in a tough division. They sent Dean Kremer to the mound with a 3.22 ERA in tonight’s game.

The Orioles are coming off winning a series in Cleveland over the Guardians. Baltimore took an early third inning 2-0 lead. Robinson Chirinos doubled driving in Gunnar Henderson. Ryan Newcastle singled driving in Henderson for the two runs.

Oakland answered in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded Tony Kemp singled driving in Dermis Garcia and Vimael Machin to tie up the game 2-2.

This game would remained tied into the eighth inning. Baltimore went to work in the bottom of the inning loading the base with one out. Domingo Acevedo walked Adler Rutschman and Anthony Santander scored giving Baltimore back the lead 3-2.

The Orioles would add two more runs when Jorge Mateo singled and Ryan Mountcastle and Cedric Mullins both scored.

Going into the ninth inning Baltimore had a 5-2 lead. The A’s were three outs away from dropping the first game of this series. Seth Brown singled but that was all that Oakland would get in the ninth. Shea Langliers struck out and Vimael Machin grounded into a double play and that was the ball game.

JP Sears went six innings and allowed 6 hits and two runs with five strikeouts.

In game two of this series the Athletics will send Adam Oller to the mound. He has a 2-6 win/loss record with a 5.66 ERA. The A’s offense will be facing Baltimore pitcher Austin Voth. He has a 4-2 win/loss record and a 4.48 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PT.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s Murphy ends slump with a flurry a HR and three RBIs to defeat O’s 6-4

Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy belts a single in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Anthony Bemboom in the bottom of the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Apr 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy who came into Thursday’s game 0-10 ended the slump with a home run, double and three RBIs to help lift the A’s to a 6-4 win Thursday over the Baltimore Orioles at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 Baltimore’s Trey Mancini was yanked after trading barbs with first base umpire Rob Drake when Drake called Mancini out after he ran through the bag at first base. Mancini said he only turned left and was not headed for second base once being called out he and manager Brandon Hyde were later ejected.

#3 Mancini said during the post game presser that he wanted to apologize to Drake for the language he used to get booted from the game. That said Mancini didn’t agree with the call.

#4 A’s pitcher Paul Blackburn had himself an outing going five innings allowed a run, three hits, striking out four hitters and didn’t walk a batter. Blackburn picked up his second win of the season.

#5 The A’s meet the Texas Rangers for three games starting Friday night. Adam Oller (0-1 ERA 13.50) will pitch for the A’s, and Spencer Howard (0-0 ERA 18.00) for the Rangers will oppose him.

Jerry F filled in for Jeremiah Salmonson on the A’s podcasts heard each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Lyles and O’s bullpen outduel A’s Jefferies in 1-0 shutout

Baltimore Orioles starter Jordan Lyles (28) delivers against the Oakland A’s line up in the third inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Apr 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The one thing that teams who underestimate the Baltimore Orioles (4-8) is they have an effective bullpen as starter Jordan Lyles could attest to who pitched five innings and gave up six hits in the Orioles 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics (7-6) at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 Jerry all four of the Orioles relievers Paul Frye, Dillion Tate, Bryan Baker, and closer Jorge Lopez shut the A’s out after Lyles was lifted in the sixth inning. The O’s bullpen are the most effective relief staff in baseball right now.

#3 The A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus committed an error that allowed the Orioles Ryan McKenna to score the game’s only run in the top of the fifth inning.

#4 A’s starter Daulton Jefferies had a fine performance himself going six innings giving up three hits on five strikeouts and got excellent relief help from AJ Puk, Jake Lemoine, and Adam Kolarek but fell a run short of a win on Wednesday.

#5 The A’s will try to get in the win column later today as the Orioles will start right hander Tyler Wells (0-1 ERA 1.80) against the A’s right hander Paul Blackburn (1-0 ERA 1.80) a 12:37 pm first pitch at the Coliseum.

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

A’s just couldn’t buy a run as O’s Lyles and bullpen shutout Oakland 1-0

Oakland A’s runner Billy McKinney was originally called safe but the call was overturned on review ruling that Baltimore Orioles catcher Anthony Bemboom just got the tag on McKinney before he touched home plate in the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Apr 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

Baltimore 1 5 0

Oakland 0 7 1

Attendance: 2,703

Wednesday April 20, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The line score on last night’s game was missing one row. It should have read “Rubman” with a 2 in the error column. The Orioles roster did include Chris Ellis. I inadvertently had consulted the roster for April 17, not the one for the 19th.

I also referred to the right handed Ryan McKenna who pinched hit for Odor in the top of the ninth as a switch hitter. I apologize for these errors. Unlike Edith Piaf, I regret my mistakes.

Before the unusual 3:07 start of this afternoon’s game, the A’s found themselves in an unfamiliar situation. Their 7-5 record put them in a tie with the Los Angeles Angels for first place in the AL West.

This marked the first time since June 20 of last year that Oakland has had any share of the top spot in the division. It’s even more remarkable that the Athletics and Angels also are tied for the second best won-lost record in the entire junior circuit.

Before game time, early compared with the originally scheduled first pitch, late compared with that of most day games, Oakland announced that one time ace of the future and now major question mark A.J. Puk had been reinstated from the Covid list.

They also promoted Mckey McDonald, a left handed hitting infielder who had performed well in spring training, from Las Vegas. At the same time, Oakland put Kevin Smith on the ten day injured list because of a bone bruise on his left ankle.

His placement on the IL was effective yesterday, the day after he suffered his injury. The Athletics also returned last night’s winning pitcher, Zach Logue to their Triple A farm team in Las Vegas.

The Wednesday afternoon recap: Mark Kotsay and Scott Emerson sent righty Doulton Jefferies to the mound. He came to work with a 1-1,1.93 record, the result of his having held the Phillies to scoreless over five innings, a personal high, on April 10.

He limited the Phils to a pair of hits and walks while striking out two to pick up the win. Five days later, he had another career high. This time it was surrendering seven hits, which he did in 4-1/3 innings. He allowed two runs, both earned, and was charged with the loss.

Today, despite some early difficulties with his control, he had an excellent outing. He pitched six full innings, allowing only one run, and it was unearned on three hits. He didn’t walk anyone but hit two Oriole batters and unleashed a wild pitch. 54 of his 83 pitches were considered strikes, but you have to remember that when the bat makes contact with a pitch, it counts as a strike.

He took the loss because that one unearned run was enough to defeat the Athletics. Jefferies’ performance lowered his ERA to 1.17.

Facing him for the birds was the durable 31 year old 11 year veteran Jordan Lyles. The unimpressive 0-1, 5.23 2022 record he brought with him was in line with his lifetime figures of 54-80, 5.21. But today he was not the mediocrity that his history indicated.

He stymied the A’s, holding them scoreless over five innings on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Only 28 of his 89 offerings were balls. He got the win, which brought his season’s ERA down to a respectable 3.52.

Jeffries opened the game by hitting Cedric Mullins, who immediately was thrown out attempting to steal second. That kept him from scoring on batter, Anthony Santander’s, double. One inning later, Jeffries hit Robinson Chirinos with a 92.2 mph fastball, forcing the Orioles’ catcher to leave the game. Subsequent examination showed that he had suffered a facial contusion. That, I”m glad to report, was the last time this afternoon that Jefferies hit anyone with a pitch.

Oakland almost took the lead in the bottom of the second, in which Billy McKinney led off with a single to right and came home on Seth Brown’s double to right center. Home plate umpire and crew chief Greg Gibson called him safe, but the Orioles challenged his decision and cooler heads in New York correctly overruled the call.

It was the A’s turn to challenge authority in the bottom of the fourth. The inning began with a 90.6 MPH sinker from Lyles that hit Murphy led off the frame. Two outs later, he moved into scoring position on second when Christian Bethancourt singled to left center.

Elvis Andrus followed with a sharp grounder that Kelvin Gutiérrez fielded at third. Gutiérrez won the race to the bag, but the Athletics didn’t see it that way and challenged the call. This time, New York upheld the ruling, which looked like the correct decision to me.

One more inning, and Lyle was through for the day. Paul Fry and Dillon Tate set the A’s down in order in the sixth and seventh, respectively, preserving the Baltimore bullpen’s excellent record so far this season. Even the lowly Orioles have some bright spots in their roster.

Stepthen Vogt, playing first, had to leave the game in the top of the eighth when he hurt his foot or ankle coming down hard on the bag after leaping to catch a high throw from Andrus.

The A’s threatened in the eighth. Tony Kemp led off with a 3-2 single to right off Bryan Baker. He moved on to third when Baltimore’s shortstop Chris Owings deflected Nuese’s hard grounder that went into left field for a single.

Baker got Murphy to swing and miss on an 0-2, 93mph four seamer for the first out, and that ended his mound duties at a third of an inning. Jorge López came in to strike out Christian Lopes, a veteran of 10 minor league campaigns, who had made his first major league appearance pinch hitting for McKinney in the sixth.

Lopes’s third strike was a wild pitch that allowed Neuse to take second. With the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position, Oakland’s hopes rested on Seth Brown. He grounded out meekly, Mancini to López.

López got the A’s out 1-2-3 in the ninth to preserve Baltimore’s victory and gain his second safe of the season

Oakland used three relievers to keep the game close. AJ Puk threw 1 -1 /3 innings; Jake LeMoine and Adam Kolarek. an inning apiece. Puk was the only member of the trio who allowed anyone to reach base, yielding to hits and a walk.

The series winds up Thursday at 12:37, with the now second place A’s sending Paul Blackburn (1-0 ERA1.80) against Baltimore’s Tyler Wells (0-1 ERA 6.35)

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Dodgers Freeman HR no poetic justice against old team Braves; After 12 seasons Arrieta retiring; plus much more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, center, gets congratulated by Mookie Betts, left, and Edwin Rios after they scored on a double by Trea Turner in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Mon Apr 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Former Atlanta Brave Freddie Freeman didn’t waste anytime taking his former teammates deep. Freeman now with the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a first inning second pitch was a line drive that went straight over the left centerfield Dodger Stadium fence. The Dodgers wound up winning Monday night’s thriller 7-4. Freeman said this was not poetic justice or anything like that but he was happy reuniting with his former teammates.

#2 Former pitcher Jake Arrieta who spent his best years of his 12 year career with the Chicago Cubs has announced his retirement. Arrieta started his career with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-13 and then went to the Cubs where he won 68 games between 2014-2019 before signing on with the Philadelphia Phillies for three years. Arrieta said “it’s time to step away from the game.”

#3 The Los Angeles Angels will miss his bat in the line up but are relieved that outfielder Mike Trout had a negative test on his MRI after Trout was hit on his left hand by a pitch Sunday. Angels trainer Mike Frostad said Trout’s return is based on his pain tolerance.

#4 The Astros Jose Altuve in the same game on Monday night against the Angels experience hamstring issues in the eighth inning after running after hitting a single. Altuve while sitting on the ground was frustrated by the injury but said after the game he was feeling better. Manager Dusty Baker said the team is waiting for answers and Altuve will be seeing a doctor.

#5 The state of Florida has removed mask mandates under cutting federal mandates. The Florida mandate removal might be a big mistake as in Philadelphia they are going back to mask mandates after having a huge Covid outbreak as the Oakland A’s who played a three game series in Philadelphia earlier this month had seven players out with Covid protocols on Monday night’s home opener in Oakland.

Join Jessica will be back with more headlines on Wed May 4th at http://www.sportsradioservice.com