Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s get run production in Detroit; Manaea to start for A’s tonight in Toronto

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea will start for the A’s against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto to open a three game series Fri Sep 3, 2021 (athleticsnation.com file photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, after the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera hit home run 502 on Wednesday night the Tigers sat Cabrera and the A’s took advantage getting right to work on the Bengals with a quick 8-0 lead after four innings Tigers starter Matt Manning was charged for all eight runs.

#2 The A’s grabbed four quick runs in the top of the first inning after Jed Lowrie launched a 411 foot homer into left center for a 3-0 lead. The A’s Mark Canha followed up with a 370 foot solo home run homer into the right field stands for a 4-0 lead.

#3 In the second inning Starling Marte slugged an RBI double to get the A’s up 5-0. Marte now has 117 hits and 41 RBIs.

#4 A’s starter Frankie Montas was pitching in the bottom of the seventh inning when he was lifted for reliever Deolis Guerra. Montas had given up only one run until he gave up a home run to Harold Castro and Akil Baddoo hit a two run homer for 353 feet. Guerra watched the bottom fall out for a five run seventh and was relieved by Andrew Chafin.

#5 The A’s are Toronto tonight to open a three game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre for the A’s Sean Manaea (8-9 ERA 3.97) the Jays have not announced a starter yet a 4:07pm first pitch PDT.

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

A’s hang on to beat Tigers 8-6; Attempted Detroit rally in 7th fails

Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie goes deep for a three run homer in the top of the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica in Detroit on Thu Sep 2, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s scored early and often as they raced out to an early 8-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers. Their ace, Frankie Montas, pitched well until the seventh inning. The Tigers, down 8-1, sent nine men to the plate in the seventh and put five runs on the board to close the gap to 8-6. Andrew Chafin and Sergio Romo were able to shut down the Tiger offense to secure the win.

Here’s how the A’s won the game. The Tigers sent Matt Manning to face the A’s. The young man from the Sacramento area had his hands full as the A’s put four on the board in the first inning. With one out Manning walked Starling Marte.

He retired Matt Olson for the second out. Matt Chapman worked manning for a walk to put men on at first and second. the next hitter, A’s DH Jed Lowrie, one of the best hitters in baseball with runners in scoring position, hammered Manning’s pitch over the wall in left-center-field to put the A’s ahead 3-0. It was Lowrie’s 14th homer of the year. The next hitter, Mark Canha, blasted his 14th dinger of the year into the seats in right-field. The A’s led 4-0. 

 In the top of the second inning, with two out and a man on first, Starling Marte doubled off the wall in left field to make it a 5-0 game. The A’s offense was relentless. In the top of the third, with two out, Manning walked Canha. Tony Kemp followed with a single to center.

A’s catcher Yan Gomes long fly to left-center-field went over Robbie Grossman’s glove for a double. Canha and Kemp scored on the play to the A’s in the driver’s seat 7-0 after three complete. 

In the fourth inning, singles by Matt Olson and Matt Chapman put a runner in scoring position again with two out. The A’s sent Khris Davis to the plate to pinch-hit for Jed Lowrie. Davis was making his first appearance since being recalled from Las Vegas. Davis sent the ball into the left-field corner for a double to drive in Olson with the A’s eighth run of the game.

The A’s starter, Frankie Montas, was masterful for the first four innings of the game. He held the Tigers scoreless and allowed one hit. Things began to change in the fifth. Tigers’ third baseman Harold Castro, who had three hits, including a home run Tuesday night, led off the bottom of the fifth with his third home run of the year. The A’s still had a commanding lead 8-1.

Then came the fateful seventh inning. The Tigers sent nine men to the plate as they scored five runs on five hits, including two home runs. Tiger shortstop Niko Goodrum worked Montas for a walk to get the rally going. Second baseman Willi Castro hit into a fielder’s choice for the first out.

Montas retired Victor Reyes on a fly ball to Marte in center-field. The next hitter Montas faced was Akil Baddoo. Baddoo also homered Tuesday night. Baddoo ended Montas’ game when he hammered his twelfth homer of the year to make it 8-3.

A’s manager brought in Deolis Guerra to pitch. Guerra, who has been very good all season, could not get the job done. He pitched to four hitters and could not get an out. He gave up singles to Jonathan Schoop and Robbie Grossman.

Jeimer Candelario then homered to make it an 8-6 contest. Melvin let Guerra face one more hitter, Eric Hasse. Hasse singled. Melvin brought in lefty Andrew Chafin to put out the fire. Chafin retired Harold Castro for the final out.

Chafin allowed a hit in the eight but escaped unscathed. Bob Melvin called upon Sergio Romo to close out the ninth. The veteran reliever gave up a walk but was able to get the needed three outs to secure the win for Oakland by a final score of 8-6.

Game Notes and Stats: The A’s picked up 1/2 game on the idle Houston Astros. They now trail the Astros by four and 1/2 games for the A: West division crown. They can pick up a game on the Red Sox if Boston should lose to Tampa Bay later today. If Boston wins, the A’s will remain two games behind in the Wild Card race.

The A’s had 12 hits in Wednesday’s game. It was the third game in a row with more than ten plus hits. They had two more home runs on Wednesday and seven for the series. Their line was eight runs, twelve hits, and no errors. Khris Davis had a double and a single in his first game back as an Oakland Athletic. Yan Gomes and Elvis Andrus each had two hits.

Frankie Montas won his 11th game of the season. He is now 11-9. Sergio Romo picked up his second save.

The Tigers’ hitting stars were Jeimer Candelario, Victor Reyes, and Harold Castro. In the seventh, Candelario’s hit a three-run homer to help Detroit close the gap to 8-6. Reyes had three hits in the game. Reyes tripled in the third. He was thrown out attempting to score on a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus. Andrus’ throw him was on the mark, and Reyes was out. Manning was the losing pitcher, and his record is now 3-6.

The A’s are on their way to Toronto to play three games against the Blue Jays. Sean Manaea will go for Oakland, and Toronto will counter with Alek Manoah. The game will start at 4:07 pm.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cabera and Tigers take frustrations out on A’s in 8-6 win

Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas (47) will get the start against the Detroit Tigers Thu Sep 2, 2021 at Comerica Park in Detroit (sfgate.com file photo)

#1 The Detroit Tigers (63-71) Miguel Cabrera who became baseball’s 28th player to reach the 500 home run list hit his 502nd home run on Wednesday night at Comerica Park Cabrera a worthy opponent. Cabrera’s homer help lend to the Tigers victory over the A’s on Wednesday night 8-6.

#2 Jerry, how important is it for the A’s to have called up Khris Davis from Triple A Las Vegas who joins the team who hit .157 with the Texas Rangers before joining the A’s farm team in Vegas?

#3 Davis struggled quite bit as you recall last season when he was with the A’s and hit .157 with the Rangers do you see a big difference at the Triple A level for Davis and when he was hitting with the Rangers.

#4 Davis if things work out as the A’s plan could be a shot in the arm for the A’s offensively and their looking for Davis to add punch in the middle of the line up.

#5 The A’s will be going with starter Frankie Montas (10-9 ERA) and for the Tigers Matt Manning (3-5 ERA 5.46) for the conclusion this three game series this morning.

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

Tigers clobber three home runs in come back beat A’s 8-6 at Comerica

The Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera watches the flight of his 502nd career home run in the bottom of the fourth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit against the Oakland A’s on Wed Sep 2, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

There was good and bad news in Wednesday night’s game between the Oakland A’s and the Detroit Tigers (63-71). The good news was the As’ offense produced ten hits and six runs. The bad news was the Tigers pounded out ten hits, including three home runs, to beat the A’s 8-6.

The Tigers’ starter Wily Peralta lasted four innings. The A’s scored an unearned run in the first inning and two more in the fourth to chase Peralta.

Starling Marte led off the fourth with his tenth dinger of the year. Matt Olson walked and scored on Jed Lowrie’s double to give the A’s the lead 3-1 midway through the fourth. The A’s starter James Kapielian went four-plus innings.

The Tigers tied the game 3-3 when they put two on the board in the third. Kaprielian walked Ronnie Grossman leading off in the bottom of the fourth. Kaprielian had to face future Hall of Fame player Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera showed the A’s his greatness when he sent a hanging changeup into the seats into the left-field seats to tie the game. It was Cabrera’s 502nd career home run and 2962nd hit.

The A’s regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Josh Harrison and Starling Marte singled to put two men on with no out. Matt Olson doubled to deep center-field to drive in both. Matt Chapman was retired for the first out.

A’s DH Jed Lowrie, one of the best hitters in baseball with men in scoring position, doubled to drive in Olson with the A’s third run of the inning. The A’s led 6-3.

The Tigers got one back in their half of the fifth. The Tigers’ left-fielder, Akil Baddoo, sent one of Kaprielian’s pitches into the right-field seats to make it 6-4. A’s manager, Bob Melvin, brought in Yusmeiro Petit to pitch. Petit retired the next three Tiger hitters. The A’s led 6-4 after five complete. 

The Tiger bullpen held the A’s to one hit and no runs over the last four innings of the game. The A’s bullpen could not hold the Tigers down. They scored one in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one more in the eighth. The Tigers win 8-6.

Game Notes and stats: The A’s are now 73-60 for the year. They remain five games behind the Houston Astros in the race for first place in the American League West. The Seattle Mariners beat Houston 1-0. The A’s now trail the Boston Red Sox by two games for the second Wild Card in the American League. The Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday.

The hitting stars for Oakland were Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, Jed Lowrie, and Matt Olson. Harrison had a double and two singles. He has six hits in the first two games of the series. Starling Marte had a home run and a single. Jed Lowries had two doubles and two RBIs. A’s reliever A.J. Puk was the losing pitcher. 

The hitting stars for Detroit were Akil Baddoo, Miguel Cabrera, and Harold Castro. Baddoo was two for four with a home run and a single. Cabrera, as mentioned above, had two hits. Cabrera hit his 502nd of his illustrious career to go along with a single.

He has 2963 hits and needs 37 to reach the 3000 for his career. Cabrera is 28th on the all-time home run list. He needs three to pass Eddie Murray. Tigers’ reliever Joe Jimenez received credit for the win. He is 5-1 for the year. Tiger closer Gregory Soto earned his 17th save when he set the A’s down in order in the ninth.

The teams will play the rubber game Thursday. The game will start at 10:10 am. The A’s will send Frankie Montas (10-9, 3.66 ERA) to the hill as Detroit will counter with Matt Manning (3-5, 5.46 ERA).

Chapman’s two home runs help propel A’s 9-3 win over Tigers at Comerica Park

Oakland A’s Matt Chapman hits a top of the third inning home run against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit in the first of a three game series on Tue Aug 31, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (73-59) started a six-game road trip beating the Detroit Tigers (62-71) at Comerica Park in Detroit 9-3. The A’s swept the Tigers four straight when they met in Oakland in April. The Tigers started the season 8-19. A.J.Hinch, who won a World Series title in 2017 with Houston, helped turn the Tigers’ ship around.

The Tigers, entering Tuesday night’s game, were 54-51 since the slow start. The A’s knew the Tigers would love nothing better than upsetting the A’s applecart. 

The A’s won their last two games against the Yankees over the weekend. The offense was still in the doldrums, but they were able to eke out two wins. They beat the Yanks 3-2 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday.

Oakland’s skipper Bob Melvin was hoping the offense would come to life against Detroit. He got his wish as the A’s offense produce nine runs and 12 hits. Three of the hits were home runs.

The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Robbie Grossman, who was with Oakland the previous two seasons, slammed his 20th big fly of the year to give the Tigers the advantage. Grossman set a career-high with the blast. 

The A’s put three runs on the board in the top of the third. With one out, Starling Marte doubled to right field. Matt Olson followed with a double to drive in Marte with Oakland’s first run. Tiger starter, Tarik Skubal, retired Yan Gomes for the second out.

A’s third baseman Matt Chapman sent Skubal’s pitch over the fence in left field to give the A’s a 3-1 lead. It was Chappie’s 22nd homer of the year.

In the fifth, the A’s put three more on the board. Singles by Marte and Olson put men on at first and third with no out. Yan Gomes drove in Marte with Oakland’s fourth run on a sacrifice fly. Mark Canha hit an opposite-field dinger to put the A’s in the driver’s seat 6-1.

Cole Irvin ran into difficulty in the bottom of the fifth. Tigers’ catcher, Dustin Garneau, another former Athletic, led off the frame with his first homer of the season. Cole retired shortstop Zack Short for the first out. Tiger centerfielder Derek Hill homered to make it 6-3.

Cole retired Jonathan Schoop for the second out. Cole gave up a single to Grossman and walked Miguel Cabrera. Bob Melvin had seen enough. He brought in Deolis Guerra to pitch. Guerra retired Jeimer Candelario for the third out. 

The A’s added two more in the eighth. Chad Pinder started the frame with a single. Elvis Andrus’ double sent Pinder to third. Josh Harrison’s third hit of the night plated both of them. In the ninth, Matt Chapman sent Tigers’ reliever Derek Holland’s pitch over the wall in centerfield with two out. The A’s led 9-3.

The A’s bullpen of Guerra, Yusmeiro Petit, Andrew Chafin, and A.J. Puk gave up four hits and no runs to secure the win for Oakland.

Game Notes and stats: The A’s are now 73-59 for the year with the win. They picked a game on the Boston Red Sox as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Sox 8-5. The A’s are now one game behind Boston in the race for the second American League Wild Card slot. The Tigers are 62-71 for 2021.

The hitting stars for Oakland were Josh Harrison with a double, two singles, and two RBIs. Starling Marte had a double and a single. Matt Olson also had a double, single, and an RBI. Matt Chapman had two hits, both home runs. He drove in three with the two bombs. Chappie has 23 for the year. Mark Canha hit his 13th of the year and drove in two.

Cole Irvin went four and 2/3rds innings. He gave up seven hits and three runs. The Tigers hit three solo homers. Cole did not go the necessary five innings to get the win. Deolis Guerra was the winning pitcher. He went one and innings.

Derek Hill led the Tiger attack with three hits. He was three-for-five with a home run, double, and single. Former A’s players Robbie Grossman and Dustin Garneau each homered to torment their former mates. 

The A’s brought up Skye Bolt from Las Vegas to replace Mitch Moreland on the roster. Moreland is out with a sore wrist.

The second game of the series will start at 4:10 pm. The A’s will send righty, James Kaprielian, to the hill. Wily Peralta will pitch for Detroit.

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

Preview: Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers three game series starts Tuesday night

Oakland A’s pitcher Cole Irvin is seen here on Aug 19, 2021 at Guarantee Rate Field Chicago throwing against the White Sox. Irvin will get the start on Tue Aug 31, 2021 at Comerica Park in Detroit against the Detroit Tigers in the first of a three games series. (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s are heading to Detroit to start a three-game series with the Tigers (62-69) starting Tuesday night. The A’s had a must-win game Sunday afternoon against the red-hot New York Yankees. After losing the first two games of the series, the A’s, behind terrific performances by Frankie Montas, Paul Blackburn, and the bullpen, won the final two games by scores of 3-2 and 3-1.

The A’s are now 72-59 for the season. They trail Houston by five and 1/2games in the AL West. The A’s picked up a game on Boston and are now two and 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the second AL Wild Card quest. The Detroit Tigers, under manager A.J.Hinch, are at 62-69 for the year.

The Tigers are playing a makeup game Monday night against the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers got off to a slow start this year. They are playing better now and have a goal of finishing the season with a mark of .500 or better. The A’s beat the Tigers four straight in April during their 13-game win streak.

The A’s would love nothing better than sweeping the three-game set. The road to the playoffs doesn’t get any easier as the A’s meet the Blue Jays in Toronto for three games this weekend. The A’s split the four-game series with Toronto in Oakland.

The Blue Jays have a powerful lineup featuring Vladamir Guerrero, Jr., George Springer, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Guriel, Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, and former former former Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien. The A’s return home to face the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox took three out of four from Oakland. If the A’s are to make the playoffs, how they do in the next nine games could make or break the season for the A’s.

The Detroit series’s pitching matchups will see Cole Irvin (9-12, 3.68 ERA) going for the A’s. The Tigers will counter with lefty Tarik Skubal, who is from the Bay Area. The A’s beat Skubal earlier this year. James Kaprielian pitches on Wednesday, and Willy Peralta will be on the Hill for Detroit. On Thursday, the A’s will send Sean Manaea to the hill, and his opponent will be Matt Manning.

Some of the key players for Detroit are first baseman/ Designated hitter Miguel Cabrera, first baseman/second baseman Jonathan Schoop, third baseman Jeimer Candelario, outfielders Robbie Grossman and Akil Baddoo. Miguel Cabrera, who is now 38 years old, is on his way to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Cabrera, this year, is hitting .251 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs.

For his career, Cabrera is a lifetime .311 hitter. He is the last player to win baseball’s Triple Crown. He has 501 home runs, 1787 RBIs, and 2961 hits in his illustrious career. He won a World Series championship with the Florid Marlins in 2003. He helped the Tigers win two American League pennants in 2006 and 2012. Jonathan Schoop has found a home with the Tigers.

Schoop is hitting .284 and has 18 dingers and 70 RBIs. Robbie Grossman, who played with the A’s for a couple of seasons, has hit 19 big flys and has 57 RBIs for the Tigers. Candelario is at .275 with ten dingers and has driven in 48. Baddoo’s numbers are .258, ten homers, and 45 ribbies.

Lefty Gregory Soto is the closer for the Tigers. He has recorded 16 saves this season. Other bullpen members that will see action in the series include former starter Michael Fulmer, Jose Cisneros, Kyle Funkhouser, Joe Jimenez, former SF Giant Derek Holland, Alex Lange, and Miguel del Pozo.

The A’s are in the homestretch. How they do in the next two weeks will determine their season. They need to get the offense going. A’s manager Bob Melvin can add two more players to the roster after September 1st. They will not be available for the playoffs.

The A’s are considering bringing back Khris Davis to Oakland. Currently, at Triple-A Las Vegas, Davis has hit nine home runs with the Aviators. The A’s need his bat in the lineup. They are hoping that there is still life in his bat. It should be interesting to see what happens.

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Bassitt wants back in before end of regular season

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt wants to return to his starting role before the end of the regular season. Bassitt met with the media before Sat Aug 28th’s game at the Oakland Coliseum against the New York Yankees (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 How important was it for the club to see and be able to talk with A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt before the start of Saturday’s game against the Yankees?

#2 Morale is such an important thing in baseball and the A’s had been going bad with a five losing streak they ended up snapping and the Bassitt visit might have done wonders he was on the players minds ever since he took a line drive to the face off Chicago White Sox Brian Goodwin’s at bat on Aug 17th.

#3 Bassitt winningest pitcher on the A’s staff at 12-4 ERA 3.22 has been impressive all year but can he be the same when he gets back, will he be off track, rusty and wobbly when he returns. His spirits are great, he’s healing fast, and he’s got a real go get em attitude about returning.

#4 Bassitt sat in the A’s dugout before Saturday’s game speaking with the media before last Saturday’s game and said he hopes everything progresses, that he can impress manager Bob Melvin in bullpen sessions whenever that starts he’s ready to get back in. Doctors who performed the surgery on Bassitt in Chicago said it will take two weeks. Bassitt hopes to get back in sooner.

#5 The A’s have the day off today and are in Detroit on Tuesday for a 4:10 pm PDT first pitch at Comerica Park. The A’s snapped a five game losing streak on Saturday defeating the New York Yankees 3-2, the A’s trail the Yankees in the AL Wild Card standings by 3.5 games. The Tigers who are out of the Wild Card hunt by 12.5 games have lost six of their last ten going into Tuesday night’s game.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s win 8 straight; Twins games postponed from racial injustice and Covid-19 issues

Manager Bob Melvin is none too surprised that the A’s had a seven game win streak after starting the season at 0-6. Melvin had said the team is too talented to be 0-6. (AP File photo)

On the podcast with Barbara:

#1 It’s not a matter of asking “who are these guys” with the recent eight game winning steak of the A’s but rather the question is more like “who are these guys” when the opened the season 0-6.

#2 A’s manager Bob Melvin knew all along that after breaking out of that opening week funk the A’s were good enough, smart enough to make things happen.

#3 In the four game series that the A’s (9-7) just completed against the Detroit Tigers (6-10) over the weekend the A’s threw two shutouts. A’s starting pitchers Frankie Montas and the bullpen on Friday threw a dandy after Montas who pitched six innings and surrendered just two hits left and three relievers shutout the Tigers the rest of the way for the 3-0 win.

#4 On Saturday’s game A’s starter Cole Irvin and three relief pitchers shutout the Tigers 7-0. Irvin went six innings and gave up just four hits.

#5 Tonight the Oakland A’s three game series against the Minnesota Twins (6-8) has been postponed until Tuesday as a doubleheader due the Twins having Covid-19 protocol issues.

#6 The Twins as an organization have been concerned and paid tribute regarding the recent murder of young motorist Daunte Wright 20 at the hands of 26 year veteran Brooklyn police officer Kim Potter , the Twins had postponed one of their games against the Boston Red Sox on Mon Apr 12th at Target Field out respect for Wright. The Derek Chauvin case is going to the jury if Chauvin is found guilty for involuntary manslaughter chances are Minneapolis could face heavy protesting and sports in Minnesota will most likely be further postponed.

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

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Starters and bullpen do it again Irvin and relievers shutout Tigers 7-0

The Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin throws to the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Apr 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit 0 – 5 – 0

Oakland 7 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Last night’s game was good news for Athletics fans. The team also had some good off field news. Stephen Piscotty went on on paternity leave. We shall miss him in the outfield. We shall miss him at the bat. But he and MLB have their priorities straight here, and let’s honor them for that.

Taking Piscotty’s place on the roster was Vimael Machín, the versatile rule 5 pick from 2020, who spelled Jed Lowrie at second this afternoon. He can play all positions except pitcher and catcher

Starting on the mound, hoping to extend the A’s six game winning streak, was left handed Cole Irvin, hoping to improve on his 0-2,7.45 record with the A’s this season. He brought with him to the mound a four game losing streak, dating back to May 22 of 2019. His last win had occurred five days earlier. He was with the Phillies back then.

Irvin’s counterpart for the Tigers, the right handed Casey Mize—a baseball name if ever there was one—presented more formidable numbers, 1-0,0.82). He throws very effective heat. In his seven games as a rookie last year, his opponents managed to squeak out a batting average of .136 against that pitch.

Of course, the 22 at bats on which that figure was calculated is not a convincing sample size. Still, forewarned is forearmed, especially if we’re talking about four seamers. By the way, Mize was the number one overall pick in 2018 draft.

For all that, the Athletics jumped off to an early lead in their half of the first when Matt Olson delivered a 96 mph four seamer deep into the right field stands. Matt Chapman followed that with a triple that almost left the park but bounded off the Southwest Airlines sign just to the left of the 367 foot marker. Those booming shots had come with two outs, so Mitch Moreland’s grounder to shortstop Willi Castro, playing in the shift, ended the threat,

The A’s kept pouring it on in the second episode. With two down, Machín celebrated his return to the show by singling to left. Aramis García then blasted a 3-2 slider into the State Farm advertisement between the 362 and 388 feet signs in left center field for his first home run as an A. Mark Canha cleared that sign on the next pitch, putting Oakland on top, 4-0. It was his third dinger of the season.

The Tigers seemed ready to pounce back into the game in the top of the fifth. With two men out, their number nine hitter, JaCoby Jones, hit a single to right, followed by Robbie Grossman’s seeing eye safety to left. Both men moved up on a wild pitch during Niko Goodrum’s AB, a ball that brought the count to 3-2. Irvin got him on a called third strike, a 93 mph sinker.

Oakland tacked on another run in the fifth when Chapman beat out the relay on an 4-6-3 double play attempt that brought Canha, who’d been hit by a pitch and reached third on an Olson single, home with the home team’s fifth tally.

Mize set the A’s down in order in the fifth, and that ended his work day. He had allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits, two of them for the distance. He struck out four with no walks but two hit batters. 63 of his 95 offerings either were in the strike zone or swung at. His replacement was Daniel Norris, who allowed a hit but nothing else, in his one-inning stint, followed in the seventh by Joe Jiménez.

Bob Melvin removed Irvin, who had pitched admirably, after his sixth shutout inning. His balance sheet included four hits against six Ks with nary a walk, although he did hit one batter. He threw 93 pitches, of which only 30 were balls and was in line for the win when J.B.Wendelken replaced him.

Wendelken did well in relief for Irvin, setting Detroit down with only one baserunner, but Jiménez issued enough walks to allow two runs without a hit or error. The second of those runs was charged to Alex Lange, whose first pitch, with the bases filled with inherited runners, was wild.

Still, he got the third the third out in the seventh, and Detroit escaped further damage, as if their hosts hadn’t already inflicted enough of that on them. Lange remained in the game, closing the A’s out in the eighth.

Wendelken and Deolis Guerra pitched an inning each, and they were sharp and effective, Guerra especially so, dispensing with the top of the Detroit lineup 1-2-3 on a dozen pitches, including a strike out. Jordan Weems closed the books on the Tigers in the ninth.

The win went to Irvin. He’s now 1-2, 4.60. Mize took the loss, which left record his record at 1-1, 3.38.

Two shutouts in a row. Who’da thunk it?z

The series closes tomorrow, with game time at 1:07. The probable starters are Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.96) for the A’s and Matthew Boyd (2-1, 1.86) for Detroit.