San Francisco Giants podcast with Daniel Dullum: Longoria’s hot bat keeping Giants in ball games; Longoria hitting .340 over last 16 games

Evan Longoria gets congratulated by teammates in the San Francisco Giants dugout after hitting a top of the sixth two run homer off the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Thu Aug 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Daniel:

#1 On Wednesday the San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria continued his hitting ways with a home run in the top of the sixth inning in Detroit to help the Giants in a 3-1 win at Comerica Park in Detroit.

#2 Longoria is hitting .340 over his last 16 games and has scored ten runs, with seven extra base hits which includes a grand slam home run. Longoria also has nine RBIs during that period.

#3 Giants starter Carlos Rodon threw for seven innings, five hits, one run, one earned and ten strikeouts for his 12th win against Detroit.

#4 Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is suffering a knee injury that is said to threaten Belt’s career. Belt himself is not sure if he can bounce back from the chronic knee saying it’s upsetting when he thinks about it.

#5 The Giants make their very first trip to Minnesota to face the Twins at Target Field. The Giants will be starting left hander Alex Wood (8-10, 5.45) he’ll be opposed by the Twins right hander Joe Ryan (9-6, 3.86) a 5:10 pm PDT first pitch.

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Longoria, Rodon lead Giants past Detroit 3-1

San Francisco Giants center fielder Mike Yastrzemski (5) catches a Detroit Tigers’ Eric Haase fly ball in the bottom of the fifth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Tue Aug 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Carlos Rodon tossed seven innings of one-hit baseball, Evan Longoria went deep, and the San Francisco Giants took the first of a two-game set with a 3-1 win over the Tigers in Detroit.

Detroit had a chance to win, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but came up empty. In the Tigers’ ninth, Victor Reyes doubled off Giants closer Camilo Doval with one out, and took third on a passed ball. Doval then committed an error trying to field a grounder back to the mound by Javier Baez.

With runners at the corners, Eric Haase drew a walk to load the bases. Doval struck out Miguel Cabrera looking, and Harold Castro grounded out to end the game, giving Doval his 18th save.

In the Giants’ sixth, after a two out walk issued to Joc Pederson by Detroit reliever Daniel Norris, Longoria drove a slider for a two-run home run.

Rodon (12-6) lowered his earned run average to 2.81, and, after giving up a leadoff single by Riley Greene in the first inning, did not allow another baserunner until Castro reached with a two-out single in the fifth. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out 10, giving him eight double-digit strikeout games this season.

San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Tommy La Stella singled, and LaMonte Wade Jr. walked before a double play moved La Stella to third. Pederson followed with a run-scoring single.

Drew Hutchinson (1-7) took the loss for the Tigers. He struck out three and walked two, giving up one run on four hits over five innings.

Longoria and Pederson each had two of San Francisco’s five hits.

The teams wrap up the brief series with 10 a.m. getaway start on Wednesday. Logan Webb (11-6, 3.08) starts for the Giants, facing Detroit’s Matt Manning (0-1, 2.81).

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s not enough hitting in first game but got both hitting and pitching in second game

Oakland A’s pitcher Zach Logue delivers a top of the first inning pitch to the Detroit Tigers in the front game of a doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Jul 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The A’s hosted the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the doubleheader got handled 7-2 in a game that they just couldn’t get any hitting.

#2 In that first game the Tigers Javier Baez the designated hitter had his way with A’s pitching with two runs and three hits and help provide some crucial offense.

#3 A’s pitcher Zach Logue whose had his struggles in the starting role pitched six innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs, with four strikeouts.

#4 In the second game the A’s got the pitching and the hitting holding a five run lead and shutting out the Tigers with A’s pitcher Frankie Montas going three innings, two hits and five strikeouts. Montas was proceeded by five relievers who managed to keep the shutout in tack for the 5-0 win.

#5 The A’s coming off a doubleheader split will open up a three game series against the Texas Rangers on Friday night starting pitcher for the Rangers Spencer Howard (1-1, 6.97) and for the A’s Cole Irvin (4-7, 3.21) a 6:40 pm first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

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A’s Take Second Game of Double Header 5-0 Oakland Shuts Out Detroit in the night cap

Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy connects for a bottom of the sixth three run homer against the Detroit Tigers in the night cap of a doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Jul 21, 2022

A’s Take Second Game of Double Header 5-0 Oakland Shuts Out Detroit

By Barbara Mason

OAKLAND–After losing the first game of a double header, the Oakland A’s (33-62) took on the Detroit Tigers (38-56) in game two at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s lost game one 7-2 but turned the tables on the Tigers big time in the second game. The A’s did not get on the scoreboard until the sixth inning but the A’s and catcher Sean Murphy it was worth the wait. Murphy homered to center with Machin and Laureano on base to take a 3-0 lead.

Stephen Vogt hit a sacrifice and Seth Brown scored to extend their lead to 4-0. Oakland finished off the inning with a Tony Kemp single and another run scored. The A’s would take the 5-0 lead into the ninth inning.

Frankie Montas was on the mound for the A’s and went three innings allowing only two hits and had five strikeouts. He only played the three innings and was pulled when some fatigue seemed to set. There was no pain but the A’s wanted to get him back on the mound slowly.

Lou Trivino closed the game beautifully. He had two strikeouts to finish off the Tigers in the ninth inning, the final score 5-0.

In the sixth inning the A’s had four hits in a row winning their sixth shutout of the season. They had some great at bats in this game. Oakland pitchers had 12 strikeouts. It was a very solid game for the A’s.

The Tigers Garrett Hill was having a great game until the sixth inning. The A’s outhit the Tigers 10-4 which was great to see for A’s manager Mark Kotsay as the A’s needed to start stringing those hits together.

Oakland will be back on the field Friday night at the Coliseum taking on the Texas Rangers. Cole Irvin (4-7) will be on the mound for Oakland. He comes in with a 3.21 ERA. The A’s will face Spencer Howard (1-1, 6.97). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM PT.

Tigers win front game of doubleheader 7-2; A’s can’t get enough offense again

Detroit Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario, left, celebrates with Javier Baez after both scored on Robbie Grossman’s two-run double during the third inning in the first game of the doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Jul 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND- The Oakland A’s (38-55) started the second half of the 2022 season by hosting the Detroit Tigers (32-62) for a rare doubleheader Thursday afternoon. It is a matchup of two teams not having a great year. The Tigers are in fourth place in the AL Central.

The A’s are in the AL West cellar with the worst record in the American League. Thursday’s first game features two left-handed pitchers. Left Zach Logue was hoping to tame the Tigers. Detroit sent Tarik Skubal to the hill. Logue gave the A’s six innings.

His line was six innings, five hits allowed, three runs, and only two earned. Skubal did not allow a hit in his first four innings of work. He worked six innings and allowed two hits and one run. He was the winning pitcher.

The Tigers put two runs on the board in the top of the third. Tigers’ third baseman Jeimer Candelario led off the frame with a single. Logue retired the next two hitters. Tigers’ DH Javier Baez singled, sending Candelario to second. Former Athletic Robbie Grossman doubled over Chad Pinder’s head in leftfield to drive in bother runners. The Tigers lead 2-0 midway through the third inning.

The Tigers did a little more damage in the fifth. With two out, center-fielder Riley Greene singled. Greene advanced to third on a fielding error by A’s second baseman Sheldon Neuse. Robbie Grossman doubled to drive in Greene with Detroit’s third run. The run was unearned.

The Tigers lead 3-0. The A’s put their first run of the game on the board in their half of the fifth. Seth Brown’s pop-up into shallow left field was lost in the sun by third baseman Jeimer Candelario. The ball was untouched, and Brown was credited with a double.

He went to third on a passed ball. Stephen Piscotty’s sacrifice fly drove in Brown. Tarik Skubal had not allowed a hit until the fifth. The run was unearned.

Domingo Tapia was now pitching for Oakland in the seventh. The Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario blasted his seventh homer of the campaign over the wall in center field. Detroit leads 4-1. Alex Lange was now pitching for Detroit.

Seth Brown homered on an 0-2 pitch, leading off the bottom of the seventh. The A’s trail 4-2. The A’s put men on at first and third with one out but failed to score. The Tigers lead 4-2 after seven.

Detroit plated their fifth run of the game in the top of the eighth. Tapia walked Tigers’ catcher Eric Haase. Second baseman Johnathan Schoop doubled to drive in Haase. The A’s failed to score in the bottom of the inning. As the game heads into the ninth, the Tigers are in the driver’s seat with a three-run lead, 5-2.

The Tigers put two more on the board in the ninth. Tigers’ shortstop Zack Short walked to start the rally. Short stole second and scored on a single by Riley Greene. A single by Javier Baez and a walk to Robbie Grossman loaded the bases with no out.

Greene was out at home trying to score on a ground ball to A’s shortstop Nick Allen. Detroit challenged the call, but the call was upheld after the review. Johnathan Schopp drove in the Tigers’ second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. The A’s went down in order 1-2-3 to end the game. Detroit wins 7-2.

Game Notes- with the loss, the A’s are 32-62. They are now 30 games under .500. The Tigers improved to 38-55.

The hitting star for Oakland was Seth Brown, with a double and a home run. Brown scored both of the A’s runs. The hitting stars for Detroit were Jeimer Candelario with a single and home run. Riley Greene had two hits, Javier Baez three, and Robbie Grossman two.

The line score for Detroit was seven runs, ten hits, and no errors. Oakland’s line was two runs, five hits, and one error.

The day’s second game will see Frankie Montas (3-9, 3.26ERA) going against the Tigers’ Garret Hill (1-1, 5.73 ERA).

The time of the game was 2:58.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: MLB Commissioner says A’s owner trying everything to stay in Oakland; plus more

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addresses the media at the MLB Draft Day on Sun Jul 17, 2022 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 During the All Star break MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that Oakland A’s owner John Fisher has committed significant dollars trying to get baseball in Oakland. No doubt Fisher has made every effort to stay in Oakland but on the field the team has suffered and whatever the A’s have left might go before this month’s trade deadline.

#2 To give you an idea how the A’s are trying to save money they booked A’s lone All Star representative Paul Blackburn to fly commercial from Houston after last Sunday’s game to Los Angeles for the All Star Game but the Astros said that Blackburn can join their All Star players who were flying charter to LA.

#3 Manfred who speaking at the annual Baseball Writer’s Association of America on Tuesday before the All Star Game saying that the A’s Howard Terminal situation is, “an extraordinary difficult situation with their ballpark request.”

#4 A’s are coming off ending their first half with seven wins in nine games and hope to get some traction in the second half but a key factor is will they hold onto some of their players that have some experience to get those wins like Frankie Montas, Paul Blackburn, Sean Murphy, Chad Pinder, and Ramon Laureano.

#5 The Detroit Tigers come in Thursday for only one day at the Oakland Coliseum to play a doubleheader against the A’s as the front game starts 12:37pm PDT followed by the night cap. No starters have been announced for either game as of Wednesday night.

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San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Haase’s two run blast puts Tigers in cat bird seat edge Giants 3-2 at Oracle

San Francisco Giants first baseman leaps as the throw goes over his head and allows the Detroit Tigers runner Victor Reyes (22) to reach first in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Wed Jun 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Michael;

#1 The Detroit Tigers (29-45) and San Francisco (40-34) ended up splitting a two game series at Oracle Park as the Giants took the first game on Tuesday night 4-3 but on Wednesday the Tigers got some decent pitching and home run help from Eric Haase who hit a two run home run to break a 1-1 sixth inning deadlock the Tigers would win it 3-2.

#2 The Tigers Miguel Cabrera got an RBI hit and the Tigers improved getting their 11th win against 23 loses on the road so far this season

#3 Tiger starting pitcher Rony Garcia picked up his second win against three loses. Garcia allowed one run on one hit, struck out five batters. The Tigers reliever Gregory Soto got the Giants out in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to close the door. Garcia got the win and improved his record to 3-2.

#4 The Giants Evan Longoria has been seeing the ball well he slugged his eighth home run of the season but the Giants just couldn’t capitalize on Tigers pitching and couldn’t reach home after the Longoria’s home run.

#5 The Chicago White Sox and Giants open a three game series at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Friday. Starting pitchers for the White Sox right hand pitcher Lance Lynn (1-1, 6.19) and going for the Giants right hand pitcher Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.48) first pitch 7:15 pm PDT.

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Giants Rodon was dealing and Yastrzemski’s great defense with two RBIs in 4-3 win over Tigers

San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon pitches against the Detroit Tigers line up in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tue Jun 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

Detroit (28-45). 3. 10. 0

San Francisco (40-33). 4. 7. 0

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Clichés are the damnedest things. The word comes from a 19th century French printing technique that worked like a sort of mechanical stamp pad, along the lines of the Address-o-Graph, in which dog tags were pressed into an ink pad and then against envelopes. That’s how mass mailings were addressed before the advent of computers.

This etymology has given the cliché a bad reputation, only partially deserved. Clichés can be boring, lifeless, repetitious. They also can be precise and illuminating. But not always.

Take that old baseball cliché, the June swoon. It would be comforting-providing cold comfort, but comfort nonetheless, if we could believe that the San Francisco Giants (40-33) were suffering a June swoon, but they’re not.

They entered the month at 27-23, .540, 6-1/2 games behind the division leading Dodgers. They came to play today at 39-33, 5.42. Their opponents, the Detroit Tigers (28-45), left May at 21-30, .412, eight games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Race.

They slipped to 28-44, .389 at game time, still trailing the Twinkees, but now by 12 games. These teams have been swooning a long time.

One Giant came to the park this evening on the heels of a great month. Carlos Rodón’s combination of four seamers, sliders, curves, and changeups had earned him a record of 2-1, 1.20, with an opponents’ BA of .159 since May Day.

Overall, he was 6-4, 2.70 for the season. He exited the game after hurling six excellent innings and surrendering a lone run, which was earned, on seven hits and no walks, although he did throw a wild pitch.

He notched four punch outs and made 86 deliveries, 56 of which were counted as strikes, lowering his ERA to 2,62. He was rewarded with the win, bringing his W-L numbers to 7-4.

Rodón’s opposite number for the Detroiters, Tarik Skubal, Rodón’s opposite number, hadn’t been as successful.. The Tiger lefty did have a June swoon, going 2-3, 5.91 in the past 25 days, making him 5-5, 3.63 for the year.

He had to work hard tonight, and although his activity wasn’t particularly efficient, it was adequate. It took him 108 pitches, of which 42 were balls to complete his 4-2/3 innings on the mound.

He allowed three runs, all earned, but one of them came after he had left the game, which he did after yielding four hits and four walks against five strikeouts. He would take the loss to make him 5-6 and raise his ERA to 3.75.

The home team jumped out to an early lead. Austin Slater got caught looking at a third strike to start the bottom of the first. Then Wilmer Flores waited out a full count walk and motored to third on Joc Pederson’s opposite field down the line double against the shift.

The runners held their bases when Darin Ruf grounded out to second baseman Jonathan Schoop playing in the shift to the left of the sack, but they both scored on Evan Longoria’s single to center, giving San Francisco a 2-0 advantage.

San Francisco put another deuce on the board in the bottom of the fifth. With two down, Skubal walked Darin Ruf. That brought Evan Longoria to the plate and Wily Peralta out of the bullpen. The Giants’ third baseman hit a little number in front of the plate and beat Peralta’s throw to first, putting runners on first and second.

They were on second and third after the Detroit reliever uncorked a wild pitch with Yastrzemski at the plate. Yaz followed with a single to right that brought in both runners. One run was charged against each pitcher, and the frame ended with a 4-0 lead for the home team.

Detroit finally put a run on the board in the top of the sixth. With one out, Robbie Grossman smacked Rodón’s favorite pitch, the four seamer into deep right field for a double and went to third on a wild pitch to Miguel Cabrera, who singled to left for his 24th RBI of the season, which gave him 1,828 so far in his 19+ year career. It kept the Bengals in the game, 4-1.

John Brebbia took over SF’s pitching duties in the top of the seventh, and Detroit took advantage of Rodón’s departure. Willi Castro led off with a double to deep right center, and Jeimer Candelario doubled down with an automatic two bagger to straight away center that halved the Giant’s lead to 4-2 before Brebbia recovered and retired the next three batters.

Andrew Chafin replaced Peralta in the home half of the frame and allowed nothing more harmful than a walk to Flores and fly out to the left field warning track by Longoria.

Dominic Leone, coming in to pitch the eighth, retired his first two batters, with a little help from an acrobatic catch by Yaz of Cabrera’s liner to right for the second out. Right after that, he walked Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson.

Willi Castro sliced a single to left, scoring Greene with Detroit’s third tally and moving Torkelson to second. Leone and Candelario battled to a full count, and then the bases were loaded as Candelario managed to check his swing on a cutter that missed the plate.

Enter Camilo Doval. He got two quick strikes on Schoop, who then fouled off a cut fastball and took another for a 1-2 count. He swung at a slider and missed.

Joe Jiménez, coming into the game for Detroit in the bottom of the eighth, retired the side in order, keeping the Giant’s slim margen a mere one run at 4-3.

Doval returned to the hill for the ninth, looking for his 12th save in 14 opportunities. He struck out Eric Haase, who had entered the game as catcher in the bottom of the seventh.

Doval then walked the veteran Robbie Grossman on four pitches, bringing up the veteran Javier Báez, who grounded into a 6-4-3 game ending double play. Or was it? Detroit appealed the call at first. But it was upheld, and San Francisco had won a thriller.

The two fairly evenly matched orange and black teams will go at it again tomorrow at 12:45 with Detroit sending Rony García (2-2, 4.57) against San Francisco’s Alex Wood (5-6, 5.05) to conclude this two game series at Oracle Park.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: DeScalfani simply got rocked in third inning Sunday; Giants host Tigers for two games starting Tuesday

The San Francisco Giants Anthony DeSclafani is seen here pitching to the Cincinnati Reds line up in the top of the first inning at Oracle Park on Sun Jun 26, 2022. DeSclafani was later rocked for seven runs in the top of the third inning. (AP News photo)

On the Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic:

#1 Marko it was just too much Cincinnati Reds (25-47) on Sunday afternoon at Oracle Park where the San Francisco Giants (39-33) go lit up 10-3 thanks to a seven run rally by the Reds that pretty much put it away.

#2 Giant starter Anthony DeSclafani was touched up in just 2.2 innings of work, giving up seven hits and seven earned runs to say he was struggling was an understatement.

#3 The Reds Nick Senzel said everybody in the line up was contributing and when that happens the Reds could be a dangerous club. Senzel wound up with three singles in the ball game.

#4 Reds pitcher Terrry Mahle did his part on holding the Giants back in his starting role with 6.2 innings of work, four hits, three earned runs, just one walk and seven strikeouts.

#5 The Giants have Monday off and open up a brief two game series against the Detroit Tigers (28-44) on Tuesday and Wednesday. For Tuesday the Tigers will be sending Tarik Skubal (5-5, 5.63) against the Giants Carlos Rodon (6-4, 2.70) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch at Oracle Park.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s coming off four out of five wins in Detroit as Ohtani and Angels open in Oakland tonight

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays line up in the top of the third inning at the Big A in Anaheim on Wed May 11, 2022. Ohtani and the Angels come to the Coliseum to open a series against the Oakland A’s Fri May 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 After snapping a nine game losing streak the Oakland A’s (14-19) climbed out of the basement in the AL West with four out of five wins over the Detroit Tigers (9-23) and in some of those wins the A’s did it with authority.

# 2 On Thursday the A’s got home run help from Seth Brown who hit a two run shot to give the A’s the go ahead runs and eventual 5-3 win over the Bengals.

#3 Brown said that he had his hand leaking out on the bat and tightened up on the grip and was able to correct his swing after going 0-3 with a strikeout before hitting the eighth inning home run.

#4 A’s manager Mark Kotsay said that before coming to Detroit the team had been frustrated and needed to find a breakout series which they got from their offense on the pitching side AJ Puk threw two innings of shutout ball against the Tigers and picked up the win.

#5 Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels prepare to open a four game series at the Oakland Coliseum Friday night. The Angels will start Chase Silseth (0-0 ERA 0.00) going up against A’s starter Daulton Jefferies (1-5 ERA 5.22) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

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