That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s prepare for White Sox tonight battle to stay in the hunt; Dave Stewart, Black investors looking to buy half of Coliseum

Oakland A’s pitcher James Kaprielian gets the start against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum to open a three game series (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

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

#1 Two Black groups have thrown their hats in the ring in bid to buy the other half of the Oakland Coliseum complex the Oakland A’s have bought the other half. Dave Stewart who is leading one group with MLB player agent Lonnie Murray and the other group African American Sports are bidding for the Coliseum property to develop for Sports Entertainment and promoting community projects for East Oakland a neighborhood whose long suffered economically. Stewart said he would like to see that part of the development of the Coliseum help out East Oakland residents.

#2 The Oakland A’s (74-63) are coming off a rough three game road trip against the Toronto Blue Jays (73-62) over last weekend getting swept and the pitching was shelled giving up a total of 21 runs.

#3 The A’s bullpen struggled to keep the Blue Jays off the bases and from hitting home runs. The Jays lead all of the Majors in home runs with 210 and the A’s who were a second place now a third place team in the AL West just couldn’t do anything all series long and didn’t even come close to catching the Blue Jays.

#4 In other A’s news A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt is progressing “the way you would want it to” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. Bassitt recovering cheek surgery has not thrown a baseball yet but Bassitt’s spirits are high he’s excited about getting back in the rotation and that’s pretty good considering what happened to Bassitt.

#5 Oakland A’s traveling secretary Mickey Morabito and the A’s had a customs and immigration snafu when told they could not go through the usual procedure of going through customs at Pearson Airport in Toronto because of reduced services and that they would have to go though customs in Columbus. Morabito wanted to go through customs in Oakland but the carrier was not able to secure ground handling services. Amaury you’ve traveled quite a bit for the professional sports this had to be a very unusual experience for Morabito and the A’s.

#6 The Chicago White Sox open a three game series against the Oakland A’s Tuesday night. The White Sox have not announced a starter and the A’s are going with James Kaprielian (7-4 ERA 3.87) a 6:40 pm first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

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

Diamondbacks make themselves at home in 11-inning, marathon win over the Giants

By Morris Phillips

From the Giants’ perspective,  the visiting Diamondbacks are getting way to comfortable at AT&T Park.

Last season, Arizona won eight of 10 meetings at McCovey Cove, the first time a visiting club had won that many since the park opened in 2000.  On Monday, the D’Backs hung around until just before midnight, beating the Giants 9-7 in 11 innings, after surviving a two-out, two-strike scenario in the ninth courtesy of Jake Lamb’s game-tying home run off Santiago Casilla.

“Like (Arizona GM) Dave Stewart said when he came in, If you’re going to play that long you better win,” manager Chip Hale said.  “It was  exciting.  Guys were into it in the dugout.”

The Giants were hoping a return home would change their fortunes after a disappointing week in Denver and Los Angeles.  Instead, their bullpen imploded and they lost for the fifth time in their last seven games.

“We came back and took the lead, but it’s tough when you’re one pitch away from a win,” manager Bruce Bochy lamented.

From Stewart, Hale and Chief Baseball Officer Tony LaRussa to third base coach Matt Williams, special assistant Randy Johnson and television color man Bob Brenly, the Diamondbacks have plenty of faces familiar to Bay Area baseball fans. On Monday, they appeared to benefit from unusually warm weather just to their liking, and even had a frame of reference when the marathon of a game reached the swooping seagull phase soon after 10:30pm.

“I remember that seagull dropping a chicken finger on the mound last year,” starting pitcher Archie Bradley said of a 12-inning affair won by the Diamondbacks a year ago.

Bradley was recalled from Triple-A Reno after Arizona suffered a 14-inning loss in San Diego on Saturday night, and Monday’s scheduled starter, Rubby De La Rosa was used in that ballgame.  But Monday’s game was so taxing–the two teams combined to use 12 pitchers–De La Rosa appeared anyway, pitching a scoreless 10th inning and getting the win.

The Giants led 2-1, 6-2 and 7-6 in the ninth, but couldn’t put Arizona away.  Instead, the D’Backs pounded out 16 hits and were seemingly impervious to the scoreboard that showed them leading only in the first and last innings.

Joe Panik homered in the fifth to highlight the Giants’ four-run surge.  But Arizona chipped away scoring one or two runs in six of the 11 frames.

Matt Cain gets the start for the Giants on Tuesday, opposite Arizona’s Robbie Ray at 7:15pm.