That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s need to get hot to catch Yanks and Sox in AL Wild Card; Giants Covid problems continue Wood positive, Cueto flu symptoms

Oakland A’s Mark Canha was dropped from the leadoff spot to the seventh position of the A’s line up after hitting for a .151 average after the New York Yankees series over last weekend (San Francisco Chronicle file photo)

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

#1 Amaury, how much work do the Oakland A’s have in front of them after splitting the four game series with the New York Yankees over the weekend in their bid to sniff post season.

#2 The A’s are 5 1/2 games behind first place Houston Astros in the AL West and in the AL Wild Card they are 2 1/2 game back behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with a month left in the regular season the A’s have a huge task in front of them if they plan to get back into post season hunt.

#3 A’s leftfielder Mark Canha has been moved from the leadoff spot to the seven hole of the line up because his numbers have dwindled Canha is hitting .151 and said that when he’s off and getting o-fers it’s not a fun place to be. Canha said he needs to relax a little bit easier mentally.

#4 On other baseball news the San Francisco Giants had to switch out pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto Monday night because it was revealed that Wood had come down positive with Covid 19 and Cueto has the flu symptoms. Giants Donavon Solano and hitting coach Justin Viele are still back in a New York hotel quarantined after testing positive for Coronavirus.

#5 Cueto was scheduled to pitch on Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and with Wood out for Tuesday. Giants pitcher Jose Alvarez started on Monday for the Giants a big task after the Giants lost last Sunday in Atlanta 9-0 and opening up for four home games against another first place team like the Brewers.

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Ban a Fan for life?

After getting hit in the back by a baseball Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo exchanges words with fans. Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin left talks things over with Verdugo during the sixth inning incident from Sat Jul 17, 2021 game at Yankee Stadium in New York (AP News photo)

Baseball: Ban a Fan for Life?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

This Saturday, at Yankee Stadium in New York, in the bottom of the sixth inning, a fan in the left field stands threw a baseball at Boston Red Sox left-fielder Alex Verdugo.

The ball hit the player, but he was not hurt. According to Verdugo he threw the ball to a young Red Sox fan (players do this regularly, the kid wants a ball…) but somebody, a Yankee fan, intercepted the ball and threw it back intentionally at Alex Verdugo. The fan was removed from the stadium, but not arrested. The game was called during that same inning due to heavy rain and the Yankees won 3 to 1.

The Yankees will not allow that fan to ever enter Yankee Stadium again in his lifetime, and that is the correct action by the team. But how can baseball enforced a ban for such a person for all parks in major league baseball? That is not easy to do. All parks have cameras installed in different places.

They would have to scan every face that comes into the gates and then compare it to a data computer, which will match that face with the person that was banned. Some parks might need more cameras to be installed, more money, and more security. Still many people in the past have found the way to sneak back into a park after they were thrown out.

This is done in gaming establishments, in Las Vegas and other places, for different reasons, well know cheaters who are regularly banned from these gambling places. But inside a stadium during an event where there might be 40,000 people or more?

More than likely this man attending the game at Yankee Stadium will be hiring an attorney, to protect his rights, as guilty as he looks to be (and they are plenty of people that were seated around him who witnessed his reckless act) still, everybody in this country has rights and you are ‘innocent until you are proven guilty’. The incident was caught on cameras televising the game, not to mention in probably many phone cameras that were held by fans in that area.

Overall, I agree a fan who intentionally tries to hurt a player during a game; by throwing an object (a ball in this case) should be removed banned from that park and other baseball parks, but a lifetime ban, that’s another story. That is not an easy task. Should MLB/teams fine the fan for thousands of dollars for an intentionally violent act? Let’s face it, what this man did was an unprovoked assault. Why wasn’t he arrested or a police report filed?

I am sure we will learn more about this particular incident. The passion between the biggest rivalry in baseball and one of the tops in all sports, Yankees vs. Red Sox, should still continue. The vast majority of fans behave at a park, but in the violent world we are living today, we cannot dismiss such action.

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

A’s capitalize on Sox pitching in 12th to get by 7-6 at Coliseum

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp hits a sacrifice fly that tagged up and scored Seth Brown from third base for the A’s winning run against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Coliseum in the bottom of 12th inning (AP News photo)

Boston 6 – 9 – 0

Oakland 7 -15 – 2

By Lewis Rubman

Saturday July 3, 2021

OAKLAND–You would have thought that nothing could match Friday night´s gut wrenching defeat of the Athletics at the hands of the Red Sox for pure baseball agony. You’d have been wrong. Friday was a preliminary bout. Today’s 7-6 win by the comeback kids was the main. event, an 12th round knock out by fighters who would not give up

The contest didn’t start auspiciously for the local team this afternoon.

In the bottom of the second, Rafael Devers showed why he was elected as the A’s all-star third baseman, robbing Laureano of extra bases by throwing Oakland’s speedy center fielder out at first after making a sparkling backhand grab of Ramón’s liner down the line for the second out of the inning.

Things began looking up when Sean Murphy dumped a Texas League single into shallow ccenter field and Seth Brown unloaded a triple off of Boston’s starting pitcher, Garrett Richards. Brown’s blast, which banged against the right centerfield fence, gave Oakland an early one run lead.

The Sox erased that slender lead in the fourth. With one down, Tony Kemp, playing second, muffed Xander Bogaerts’ easy grounder, allowing him to reach base safely on the error. Devers followed that with a hard shot towards Kemp, which ate him up on its way to right and moved Bogaerts up to second.

A moment after Hunter Renfroe took the strike that evened the count on him to 1-1, Murphy sent a pick off throw towards first that ended up in right field. Bogaerts ended up crossing the plate, and Devers got to third.

Hunter Renfroe’s sacrifice fly to Laureano scored Devers, and the A’s early advantage had turned into a one run deficit. Neither tally was earned, which was good for the stats of A’s starter, Cole Irvin, but irrelevant to his task for the day, stopping the streaking invaders from the east.

The run Boston scored in the fifth was earned. With one out, Irvin walked Hernández. Verdugo hit a hard grounder to Kemp, who fumbled it but recovered in time to throw Verdugo out at first while the runner advanced to second. Not only wasn’t that an play an error, but Kemp probaby couldn’t have gotten the ball to Andrus in time to force Hernández. Be that as it may, DJ Martínez singled Hernández home to stretch Boston’s lead to 3-1.

Chapman broke an 0 for 13 dry spell with a lead off single to left in the sixth. Frank Schwindel, who had pinch hit for Mitch Moreand as DH before Moreland made his first plate appearance in the first, rapped a solid double to left that sent Chapman home with the A’s second tally.

It also sent Richards to the shower and brought Hirokazu Sawamura to the mound. When asked after the game why Moreland was pulled from the lineup when he was, all he would say was that it was a for a non-baseball related issue. The A’s skipper also said that he wouldn’t be playing tomorrow

Sawamura came through for the Bosox.He retired Laureano on a grounder to short, walked Murphy, got Brown out on a fly to left, and induced Jed Lowrie, pinch hitting from his weak side, to ground out to short. Josh Taylor succeeded him in the seventh and kept the A’s off the obare, even tough they managed to get runners on the corners with two down before Taylor struck Schwindel out to preserve the lead. He, in turn, gave way to gave way to Yacksel Ríos after finishing his inning of work

Richards ended his day’s work having thrown 92 pitches over five innings. 60 of those offerings were strikes. He allowed two runs, oth earned, on five hits, three walks, and a hit batter and lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 4.88.

Kike Hernández, who’s been having quite a series against the A’s, got that run back for the Red Sox with a two out homer to left that left his bat at 102mph and landed 400 feet away. The pitch had been an 85 mph change of pace. Hernández´s nickname, by the way, is pronounced KEY-kay.

Irvin exited the game after hurling seven full frames. He gave up four runs, only half of them earned. Boston got five hits off him, including Hernández´s home run, and he walked one batter. Of his 98 pitches, 69 were strikes. He brought his ERA down from 3.64 to 3.56. Yusmeiro Petit, who came out to replace Irvin in the eighth, shut Boston down with only a Texas League single by Bogaerts to sully his record.

The A’s got to Ríos in the eightth. Laureano popped out to first, but then Murphy sent a single eto center, and Brown hit the State Farm advertisement above the Kaiser Permanente-DeWalt ad in right center, between the 362 and 388 foot markers. It was an RBI double forBrown, as Murphy crossed the plate.

Boston skipper Alex Cora called on lefty Darwinson Hernández to face the switch hitting Lowrie, now batting from his strong side. He popped to second. In a lefty on leftty match up with Kent, Hernández threw his third ball against one strike. It got past Chrilstian Vázquez for a passed ball, and Brown, representing the potential tying run, was now 90 feet away from home. Hernández threw a second strike to Kemp and then walked him.

The potential leading run now was on the basepaths, and Andrus, who had gone 1 for 2, was at the plate. He came through with a line single to right center. The run was charged to Ríos. Matt Olson then launched a majestic fly to right center that Santana caught just short of the warning track, and the teams went into the ninth tied at four.

As he did last night, BoMel entrusted the delicate situation to Lou Trivino. But today it was the ninth, not the tenth, inning, and the A’s closer didn’t have to contend with a placed runner on second. The Sox tried to put a runner there when Marwin González, hitting for Bobby Dalbec, walked and tried to pilfer the bag. Murphy threw him out, 2-6.

Adam Ottovino, who had gone the save in Friday night’s game, The first batter he saw was Chapman, who singled, making him 3 for 5 on the day. Skye Bolt pinch hit for Schwindel and dropped a beatuiful sacrifice bunt towards first that Ottovino fielded and threw to González, now playing second base and covering on the play. Ottovino proceeded to strike out Laureano on a sinker that home plate umpire Dan Bellino generously called a strike, followed by Murphy’s ground out to third.

Sergio Romo, who had pitched a perfect ninth inning yesterday, was called on to face the top of Boston’s batting order with Santana the placed runner on second.

He fanned Hernández on a 78 mph slider. With Alex Verugo at the plate, Santana tried to steal third. Once more, Murphy cut down potential pilferer, throwing a perfect strike to Chapman at third. Romo went back to the business at hand and struck out Verdugo.

The first thing Brandon Workman did on taking the mound in the bottom of the tenth with Murphy as the placed runner on second was declare a walk to Seth Brown. The second thing he did was surrender a single to Jed Lowrie, which loaded the bases.

Kemp attempted to bunt the winning run home, but he popped out to Workman. Lightening struck twice. Last night, The A´s stopped a runner at third with no outs and then sent him home on an outfield out that resulted in an inning ending double play. They did it again today. This time it was a line drive caught by Martinéz, whose throw caught Murphy at home. Last night, though, it ended the game. Today, it sent the game into the eleventh inning.

Romo stayed on the mound. Verdugo was placed on second. Romo struck Martínez out looking. Bogaerts flew out to Brown in right. And Romo left the game to tumultous applause, replaced by Jake Diekman, who got Devers to fly out to Laureano.

Workman began the eleventh as he did the tenth, with a declared walk, this time to Olson. Chapman sent a fly to the right field warning track that allowed the placed runner, Andrus, to get to third. Witth runers on the corners and the infield playing in, Bolt grounded out to second, and Andrus had to stay on third. Laureano flew out to left, and it was on to the 12th, with JB Wendelken pitching for Oakland.

Devers was the placed runner when Wendelken got the first out, on a foul pop up to Chapman. Vázque managed a single to shallow center that advanced Devers to third and brought up González.

He broke the tie with a single to left that plated Devers and advanced Vázquez to second. Santana flew out to left, bringing up Hernández. He reached out over the plate for an opposite fieeld single to right that just cleared the glove of a leaping Lowrie and drove in Vázquez and sent González to second.

Oakland would have to score twice against the incoming Red Sox hurler, Matt Andriese, to stay alive. They had. a fast runner, Laureano, on second and a powerful but .218 hitter, Murphy, at the plate. Bogaerts couldn’t handle his ground to short, an infield single that put runners on first and second.

Brown followed with a more resounding single, a line drive to left that scored Laureano and sent Murphy to third. Lowrile now was at bat from his weak side. That didn’t keep him from slamming a double to the left center field wall that tied the game and gave Oakland runners on second and third with none out and Tony Kemp at the plate he hit the second pitch he saw for a sacrifice fly to center that scored Brown with the winning run.

Wendelken got the win and now is 1-0, 4.02. Andriese was charged with a blown save and the loss, His record now stands at 2-3, 5.70.

With the win, the Athletics are 49-36, two and a half games behind Houston in the AL West.

Before the game, the A’s announced that right handed rel ef pitcherJeremy Weems had been designated for assignment and that the contract of Sam Moll, a southpaw reliever, had been sold by the Diamondbacks to Oakland, who added him to their active roster.

Oakland will close out the series and their home stand Sunday. James Kaprielian (4-2, 3.06) is scheduled to pitch against Nick Pivetta (6-3, 4.43).

Sox Rodriguez holds down A’s through six innings; Boston edges Oakland 3-2

Boston 3 – 6 – 1

Oakland 2 – 3 – 0. Ten innings

By Lewis Rubman

Friday July 2, 2021

OAKLAND–During the last few pre-COVID seasons, the countdown to the All-Star break included watching the A’s creep upward towards .500. This year, it again includes watching the team approach the break-even mark, only this time it’s from above. How long the decline in Oakland´s performance will last and what its consequences will be are vexing questions that will take time and, as Giants fans of the 2010 vintage would say, torture to resolve.

But today, the struggle.

The Boston Red Sox, leading all of the American League and second only to San Francisco in all of MLB in winning percentage, brought a seven game winning streak with them to the Coliseum for a three game series with the faltering green and gold this evening. The Sox sent southpaw Eduardo Rodríguez to the mound. His 6-4, 5.83 record was not prepossessing, but you have to take into account that he missed all of last season and that he went 15-6, 3.81 in 2019.

Nonetheless, we’re half way through 2021, and Rodríguez has not looked good. Last Sunday, in his previous start, he threw five scoreless frames against the Yankees at Fenway but then surrendered a home run too Aaron Judge with a runner on base and no outs in sixth.

He finished up that inning without giving up another run and came out the winner by a score of 9-2. That victory put the Sox in first place in the AL East, a position they haven’t yet relinquished. His best game against Oakland was in 1996, when he pitched an eight inning one hitter in the Coliseum, with Marcus Semien’s two out single in the eighth breaking up the no-hitter.

Rodríguez’s lifetime numbers going into today were 57-35, 4.21, and his entry in the Bosox’ media guide contains the ominous notation that over the 2018 and 2019 campaigns his team had a higher winning percentage of games he started than the team of any other pitcher in the majors, .789. (Gerritt Cole and Clayton Kershaw ran second and third, respectively).

Oakland countered with Frankie Montás (7-7, 4.32). The Athletics starter has had moments of brilliance this season, but he’s also suffered several meltdowns. He pitched respectably in his last outing, which was last Saturday at Oracle Park, but lasted only five innings, over the course of which he gave up two earned runs on two hits in a contest that the A’s eventually lost in 10 innings. He went 5-2/3 innings tonight, but also gave up two earned runs, and the A’s lost in 10 innings.

Montás set down the first six Red Sox he faced batters he faced.. He did this with a little help from his daring and resourceful outfield, with Tony Kemp making a leaping grab of Alex Verdugo’s foul at the wall of the left field corner in the first and Ramón Laureano racing deep to the xfinity sign in center and, with an elegant jump, hauling down Hunter Renfro’s bid for at least extra bases in the second.

Montás lost his aura of invincibility in the third when he clipped lead off man Christian Vásquez with a 96 mph sinker and then uncorked a wild pitch fast ball to Danny Santana. The A’s started regained his poise and coaxed infield grounders out of the next two Bosox. Danny Santana hit the first to the Lowrie at second, which enabled Vázquez to take third.

The next was a sharp shot to the mound that Montás grabbed in time for his throw to Olson to retire the batter, Michael Chavis, at first. After walking Hernández, Montás retired Alex Verdugo on a harmless grounder to Lowrie.

Oakland´s only threat in the first three innings came in the second frame came on two balls hit to the infield. Marwin González´s throw to first on Chad Pinder´s lead off grounder drew Santana, and, with Pinder on second and two down, Xander Bogaerts made a nifty catch of Frank Schwindel´s sharp bounder into the hole between second and third to save the run that otherwise would have puet the Á’s in the lead. Home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater then gave Rodríguez a hand by calling Kemp out a what looked like a high third strike.

In the fourth, Bogaerts started things for the team from the hub by drawing a full count walk. He scored when Kemp decided to make a diving catch of Rafael Devers´sinking liner to left. Kemp couldn’t come up with ball, and Laureano wasn’t backing him up.

The resulting double put Boston ahead, 1-0, with a runner in scoring position and no outs. Once again, Montás stayed cool. He got his next three opponents on infield ground outs without even allowing Devers to get past second base.

The Bosox added to their lead in the fifth with a lead off single to center by Santana and a hit batter Chavis. It looked as if Montás might pull off another Houdini when Hernández hit into a nifty 3-6-3 double play, but Verdugo punished him with a single to center that drove in Santana. Bogaerts’ strike out came three pitches too late.

Montás was in hot water again in the sixth. Devers started it with a ground ball to shallow right. Andrus took it in the shift and sent a soft throw to first that Devers beat out.

Then Renfroe hit a sharp shot to the right of Andrus, now playing in his regular position at short, that went into left field for a single and put runners on first and second with nobody out. Montás got González to hit into a 3-6 force out, and now there were runners on the corners with one down. Vázquez popped to first, and now there were two down.

Then, with Santana at bat, González stole second. Santana followed that with a walk, JB Windelken. followed Montás to the mound and saved his bacon with one pitch, a curve ball that Chavis popped into Murphy´s mitt on the first base side of the plate.

Montás´s line was 5-2/3 innings pitched, two runs, both earned, allowed on five hits, three walks, two hit batters, and a wild pitch. He threw 95 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Wendelken stayed on in the seventh and was the beneficiary of a spectacular play by Kemp, again in the foul territory of the left field corner. He run into and bounced off the fence to grab and hold on to Hernández´s towering fly ball. Pinder rounded out the inning by making a sliding catch of Bogaerts´sinking liner to right.

Rodríguez lasted six innings, during which he quieted the A’s bats, holding them to one hit and two walks. He threw 89 pitches, 57 of them strikes.

His replacement, Garrett Whitlock, wasn’t as effective. After retiring the first two Athletics he faced, he threw Lowrie a 95 mph sinker that rose from the A’s second baseman’s bat to travel over the right field scoreboard for his eighth home run and 35th RBI, narrowing the gap between the teams to 2-1. Whitlock remained in the game through the eighth.

After pitching 1-1/3 perfect innings, Wendelken gave way to Jake Diekman in the eighth. Devers hit him hard, sending Laureano to the center field warning track to haul down his blast. Renfroe hit him hard to left, and González to right. All three balls were caught. After that, it was Sergio Romo who tried to keep Oakland´s deficit at one run in the top of the ninth. He did it with dispatch, on two fly balls and a strike out.

Alex Cora called on his closer, Matt Barnes, who entered the game second in saves for the AL with 18 and with more strike outs than any other big league releliever, 59. He hadn’t allowed an earned run in his last six appearances.

Until Elvis Andrus led off the ninth a home run to straightaway center field. That game tying blast was his first round tripper of the year. It came on a 2-1 count and off a 95 mph four seamer. Barnes was impermeable for the rest of the inning.

The tenth frame started with Lou Trivino on the mound for Oakland and Michael Chavis on second for Boston. Trivino broke Hernández´s bat with his first pitch, and ball dropped into right for a run scoring single. The inning ended with a double play into the shift, Chapman to Andrus to Olson, and Trivino’s strike out of Bogaerts. The run, of course, was uearned.

Adam Ottavino faced Lowrie with Seth Brown on second to start the A’s last chance tenth. Lowrie punched a single through the shift into left, and third base coach Mark Kotsay gave Brown stop sign att third. Skye. Bolt came in to pinch run for Lowrie at first with Sean Murphy at bat with runners on the corners and no outs.

Murphy hit fly to medium deep center. This time Kotsay sent the runner home. Hernández caught the ball and made a perfect throw home to. complete the double play. Schwindel´s fly out to left was anti climatic.

The win went to Barnes, who also got a blown save. His record now stands at 4-2, 2,75, Ottavino earned his sixth save, and Trivino got the tough loss.

They go at it again Saturday afternoon at 4:15. It will be Cole Irvin (6-7, 3.64) going for the green and gold and Garrett Richards (4-5,4.96) for the Red Sox.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s simply struggled with Rangers in last two series

The Oakland A’s right fielder Seth Brown snares a line drive on a dive hit by the Texas Rangers Andy Ibanez in the third inning at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland on Thu Jul 1, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo hit a home run in five straight games and owned the A’s in the three game series just completed at the Coliseum on Thursday. The Rangers winning two out of three.

#2 The Rangers Nate Lowe hit two homers off A’s pitching on Thursday in the five run 8-3 loss.

#3 Gallo said noting can go wrong for him right now and that he was bound to break out of his hot and cold streaks.

#4 The A’s have seen the Rangers twice in the last two weeks once in Arlington and the now completed three game series this week at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s have now lost eight of their last 12 games and have slipped from first to second behind the Houston Astros.

#5 The Boston Red Sox pay a visit to the Oakland Coliseum for three games starting tonight. The Sox will start Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4 ERA 5.83) and for the A’s Frank Montas will get the start (7-7 ERA 4.72).

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Lots of home runs for A’s edge Twins in ninth 7-6

Oakland A’s get a one run win over the Minnesota Twins on Sun May 16, 2021 at Target Field in Minneapolis to close the three game series (@Athletics image)

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 One thing you could say about the A’s they know how to save the best for the last part of the show avoiding going extra innings and getting a key run in the top of the ninth for a one run 7-6 win.

#2 Barbara, the game went back and forth the Twins were ahead at one time 4-1 and the A’s had a four run fifth to take the lead 5-4 and picked up a run in the top of the seventh and for a 6-4 lead. The Twins tied up the game in the bottom of the eighth scoring two runs.

#3 The A’s coming back to win in the top of the ninth no doubt tells you they have a good club and ball club that never gives up.

#4 The A’s also hit four homers in the game to give A’s starter Frankie Montas and the bullpen some cushion for the win.

#5 Starting pitchers for Tuesday night in Oakland vs. the visiting Houston Astros Cristan Javier (0-3 ERA 3.08) and for the A’s Sean Manaea will have another go after getting drubbed in his last outing against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Coliseum (3-2 ERA 4.40)

Join Jessica next Sunday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Red Sox rout A’s 8-1; A’s Manaea shelled in first two innings for six runs

Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea gets a new ball after surrendering a two run homer to the Boston Red Sox Bobby Dalbec as Hunter Renfroe (left) runs the bases to score ahead of Dalbec at Fenway Park in Boston on Thu May 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (23-16) were going for a sweep of the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox (23-16). The A’s pitching kept the potent Boston lineup quiet in the first two games of the series. The Sox scored two runs in the first game and just one run Wednesday night.

Oakland sent out lefty Sean Manaea to handle the pitching chores Thursday night. Manaea was brilliant in his last outing as he held Baltimore to one run and two hits in seven and 1/3rd innings of work. As baseball fans know, left-handed pitchers have to have pinpoint control when pitching in Fenway Park.

Lefties have to keep the ball down and away to prevent the right-handed hitters from pulling the ball and keeping in the park. Manaea was not up to the task as three of the first four Red Sox hitters pounded him for three runs. Manaea was tagged for three more in the second and could not get anyone out in the third. The Red Sox went on to win 8-1.

The Red Sox put three on the board in the first inning. Red Sox second baseman, Michael Chavis, led off with a double. Manaea retired Alex Verdugo for the first out. J.D. Martinez, usually Boston’s DH, was playing in left field. Martinez singled to drive in Chavis with the first run of the game. Xander Bogaerts was the DH. Bogaerts homered to left to put the Sox up 3-0 after one inning.

The Red sox plated three more runs in the second inning. Right-fielder Hunter Renfroe led off with a single. First baseman Bobby Dalbec homered to make it 5-0. The Sox weren’t done. Manaea walked Jonathan Arauz. Manaea retired Chavis and Verdugo. J.D.Martinez singled, sending Arauz to second. Bogaerts doubled to drive in Arauz with Boston’s sixth run. 

The Red Sox sent Manaea to the showers in the top of the third. The first three hitters, Christian Vasquez, Renfroe, and Dalbec, all singled to load the bases. A’s manager Bob Melvin had seen enough. He pulled Manaea from the game and brought in Deolis Guerra to pitch. Guerra got Arauz to hit into a double play. Vasquez scored to put the Sox in the driver’s seat 7-0 after three innings.

The Red Sox scored once in the sixth to lead 8-0. The A’s were able to put one on the board in the top of the eighth. The night belonged to Boston as they won 8-1.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the A’s are now 23-16 for the year. Boston now has the same record as Oakland 23-16.

Sean Manaea’s line was two-plus innings of work. He allowed seven runs and ten hits. Sean’s record for the season is 3-2. The A’s bullpen went six innings and allowed one run. Deolis Guerra worked three innings and did allow a run. The Sox scored a run off Adam Kolarek. Reymin Guduan pitched two scoreless innings for the A’s

Garrett Richards’ line was six innings, five hits, and no runs. Richards won his third game of the year. He has two losses so far this season. Garrett Whitlock went three innings to earn his first save of the year.

The time of the game was two hours and fifty-five minutes. There were about 9300 fans in attendance on a chilly night in Boston.

The A’s are on their way to Minnesota to face the Twins for three games starting Friday night. Frankie Montas will go for Oakland. The Twins will send righty Matt Shoemaker out to handle the pitching chores. The game will start at 5:10 pm.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: What happens if A’s win World Series?; Will that save the team from leaving Oakland?

Former Oakland A’s owner Charlie O Finley who moved the club from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968 and won three World Series in a row. If the 2021 Oakland A’s can win the World Series this year will it help save the team? (Mercury News file photo)

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 What will it take to convince the Oakland City Council to realize that the Oakland A’s are a viable asset to the city? Will it take the A’s going all the way this season and winning the World Series or still that wouldn’t be good enough to save the team?

#2 A’s team president David Kaval says the A’s are committed to staying in Oakland but MLB is giving the instruction to the team to make preparations to look at other markets to possibly move to we didn’t get a chance to ask you Jerry if this is more of a pressure move by MLB or they really want the A’s to consider looking elsewhere?

#3 The A’s have been having much success they’ve won seven of their last 11 games, on the field none of the talk about them having to get a new ballpark built or they will have to move has distracted them whatsoever.

#4 Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis weighed in and said that the Raiders would welcome the A’s to Las Vegas. Davis said the Oakland City Council is not capable of getting anything done from his experience with them trying to keep the Raiders in Oakland and he wouldn’t be surprised if the A’s will join the Raiders in Vegas.

#5 The A’s have had a successful series against the Boston Red Sox the will conclude the three game series tonight as A’s starter Sean Manaea who took a no hitter into the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing (3-1 ERA 3.07) will start against the Boston Red Sox Garrett Richards (2-2 ERA 4.54) a 4:10pm first pitch.

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A’s beat Red Sox 4-1 gives James Kaprielian his first Major League victory

Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian pitches to the Boston Red Sox line up in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston Wed May 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (23-15) sent James Kaprielian to the Hill Wednesday night to face the Boston Red Sox (22-16). Kaprielian was making his first Major League start. The young man from Southern California had his family in attendance, and he had to have some butterflies in his stomach at the start of the game.

The Red Sox welcomed him by scoring a run in the first inning. Kaprielian worked his way out of a jam and threw about 30 pitches in the frame. He settled down and kept the Red Sox off the board the next four innings. The A’s offense put four unanswered runs on the board, and James won his first game in the big leagues. 

The Red Sox drew first blood in the bottom of the first. Marwyn Gonzalez, who loves to hit against the A’s, got things going with a double to right field. Kaprielian walked Alex Verdugo and gave up a single to J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox had the bases loaded with no out and the chance for a big inning. Kaprielian retired the next two hitters. He walked Christian Vasquez to force in a run. Hunter Renfroe struck out to end the inning. Boston led 1-0 after one inning of play.

The A’s tied the game in the top of the fourth. With two out, Stephen Piscotty singled. Sean Murphy doubled to drive in Piscotty. The A’s scored two more in the top of the fifth. Mitch Moreland singled to start the rally. A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled to center to send Moreland to third.

Jed Lowrie grounded out 6-3. Moreland scored on the play, Andrus advanced to third. Andrus scored when Eduardo Rodriguez committed a balk. The A’s led 3-1 midway through the fifth inning. Oakland added a run in the top of the seventh when Matt Olson blasted his eighth of the year. 

A’s manager Bob Melvin turned the pitching chores over to his bullpen after the fifth inning. Burch Smith pitched two perfect innings. With Lou Trivino pitching in the eighth, the Red Sox mounted a threat. With one out and men on at second and third, Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez grounded out to Lowrie who threw to Olson.

Xander Bogaerts committed a baserunning blunder as he tried to score from third on the play. A’s first baseman, Matt Olson, threw home to nail Bogaerts trying to score. The A’s led 4-1 after eight complete.

The A’s summoned lefty Jake Diekman from the bullpen to close out the game in the ninth. Jake retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 to preserve the win for Kaprielian.

Game Notes: With the win, the A’s are now 23-15 for the year. The Red Sox are 22-16. 

Kaprielian worked five innings and allowed one run and four hits. He struck out six and walked three. Kaprielian’s father was in attendance to watch his son start his first game in the Majors. The A’s acquired James in a trade with the Yankees in 2017. The trade sent Sonny Gray to New York. The Yankees picked Kaprielian in the first round of the 2016 draft. Kaprielian missed two years of playing time due to arm injuries. 

The A’s will be attempting to sweep the Red Sox on Thursday. The A’s pitching shut down the vaunted Boston offense allowing them three runs in the first two games of the series.

The A’s will send Sean Manaea to the hill on Thursday. Manaea was outstanding in his last performance. Garrett Richards will pitch for Boston. 

The game will start at 4:10 pm on Thursday.

Oakland Wins Game One Against Boston 3-2

Oakland A’s players share congratulations after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game 1 of the three game series on Tue May 11, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (@Athletics photo)

Oakland Wins Game One Against Boston 3-2

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday evening the Oakland A’s took on the Boston Red Sox at the storied Fenway Park in the first of a three game series. Both teams sit in first place in their respective divisions. The series will be a challenge for the A’s. This is probably the toughest series that they have faced all year, even tougher than Tampa Bay.

Ramon Laureano is back in the lineup which is great news for Oakland. They will have to call on all their resources to match up with Boston. The Red Sox have some heavy hitters; one of them Martinez who sacrificed in the first inning driving in Verdugo. After one inning the Red Sox had taken a 1-0 lead thanks to J.D. Martinez.

Chris Bassitt was on the mound for Oakland and Nathan Eovaldi pitched for Boston. With the exception of the one run in the first inning both pitchers were having solid performances through the first three innings.

It was quiet for the A’s until the fourth inning. Seth Brown walked and Matt Olson singled bringing Brown in and the game was tied 1-1. This was proving to be a highly contested ball game. Through six innings Chris Bassitt had nine strikeouts as this game remained deadlocked.

Boston’s Darwinzon Hernandez would take over on the mount in the top of the seventh inning. The A’s had a great chance in the seventh inning with Olson on third, Lowry on first with no outs. Matt Chapman singled and Matt Olson scored to break the tie 2-1. That’s all it took and after 16 pitches the Red Sox made a pitching change bringing in veteran Adam Ottavino. Elvis Andrus would single and Chapman scored to extend the lead to 3-1 in favor of Oakland.

The seventh inning was a good one for Boston as Rafael Devers homered cutting into Oakland’s lead 3-2. This game was going down to the wire.

It was a quiet eighth inning for both teams. The A’s could get nothing going in the top of the ninth and so the game was in the hands of Jake Diekman and he came through. The Red Sox made some noise in the ninth inning but came up short and the A’s won game one of the three game series.