A’s Take Game Three In Kansas City 7-2

The Oakland A’s Mark Canha slide in safely in the third inning after scoring on a Chad Pinder single against the Kansas City Royals at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City (AP News photo)

A’s Take Game Three In Kansas City 7-2

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday afternoon the Oakland A’s took on the Kansas City Royals in game three of their series.

Paul Blackburn was on the mound for Oakland and the Royals started Daniel Lynch. It was a bumpy start for Blackburn but he settled down nicely. After giving up a two run home run by Perez in the first inning, he sailed through the mid-sixth inning.

He was relieved by Deolis Guerra who pitched through the seventh inning. Chafin got through the eighth inning and Sergio Romo took it home for Oakland with a three up three down in the the ninth inning.

After leading 2-0 in the first inning there would be nothing more for the Royals. The A’s tied up the game in the third inning. They went on in that same inning to tack on two more runs to lead 4-2.

There was not a lot of offense until the ninth inning. The A’s added some insurance in the ninth inning when Royals pitcher Brentz threw three wild pitches. Elvis Andrus scored on one of those pitches and Tony Kemp scored when Harrison doubled. The A’s added two more runs for the final score of 7-2.

This was a great win for the team and more importantly huge for the bullpen who has struggled for awhile now.

In the series the offense was certainly firing on all cylinders with 26 runs and 35 hits.

Oakland will now head back to California playing a three game series against the Angels. The latest news out of Los Angeles is that Shohei Otani will not pitch against the A’s tomorrow. There is a very good chance that he will not pitch again this season with right arm soreness. He will probably still serve as a designated hitter.

First pitch in Los Angeles is scheduled for 6:38. Cole Irvin will be on the mound for Oakland. If Ohtani does not pitch which seems unlikely the Angels starter is still TBD at the time of this story.

A’s Hang On To Win A Cliffhanger 12-10

Oakland A’s hitter Mark Canha connects for an RBI single in the third inning at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City against the Kansas City Royals on Wed Sep 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

A’s Hang On To Win In A Cliffhanger 12-10

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Oakland A’s took on the Kansas City Royals in game two of their series. Sean Manea was on the mound for Oakland and for Kansas City Carlos Hernandez got the nod. The ERA for Hernandez is currently 3.29 while Manea has a 3.79 ERA.

Last night’s game was a tough one for the A’s as they squandered another healthy lead. After five innings they led 7-4 but were unable to score again for the remainder of the game. The Royals scored four times in the sixth inning taking the lead and winning the game by a score of 10-7.

The team is desperate for a win as chances for a Wild Card are dwindling with each loss. Although the Rangers got on the board first taking an early 1-0 lead in this game, the A’s had a productive second, third and fourth inning which included a home run from Matt Olson, his 35th of the season. They scored five times taking a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning.

It felt a bit like deja vu in this fourth inning. The Royals would score four times with Perez, Benintendi, and Mondesi all scoring. They had drastically cut the A’s lead to 5-4. Oakland badly needed some offense in the second half of this game. We all saw what happened in yesterday’s game. We knew going in that the Royals could be problematic

The A’s offense answered in the fifth inning scoring three runs, now leading 8-4. Kemp and Harrison both had singles. The Royals Perez had a solo home run in the fifth but that was it for Kansas City.

The seventh inning was huge for Oakland. By the end of the top of the inning the A’s were leading 12-5. They unleashed an offensive run and now the team had 17 hits in the game. The offense was on fire and the bullpen needed to protect the lead.

Sean Manea pitched five innings before Lou Trivino came in to relieve in the sixth inning. Trivino pitched the sixth and seventh innings giving up a single run.

Jake Diekman would take over on the mound in the eighth inning as the A’s closed in on their first win in this series. Just when it looked all so promising , Diekman loaded the bases and a familiar scenario came into play. Kansas City doubled and the Royals had scored three times in the inning. Oakland now clung onto a 12-9 lead as Andrew Chafin came in to try and close out the inning. Prior to the ninth inning Oakland had had 24 base runners in this game.

After Chafin got the team out of the eighth inning, Oakland was three outs away from a win. It would be up to Chafin to close this one out. Another nightmare for the green and gold as Chafin loaded the bases with no outs. He loaded the bases for a second time in the inning with two out.

Miraculously the A’s hung on to get the final out and the win 12-10. This was a wild game that went down to the wire.

The A’s will try to take the series tomorrow in game three. First pitch is scheduled for 11:10.


A’s Drop Game One to Royals 10-7; Oakland also drops 3.5 games back in AL Wild Card race

Oakland A’s Seth Brown dives back into first base after a pick off move as Kansas City Royals first baseman Carlos Santa waits for the thrown ball at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City on Tue Sep 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

A’s Drop Game One to the Royals 10-7

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday afternoon the Oakland A’s took on the Royals in Kansas City in game one of their series. Frankie Montas was on the mound for Oakland and Jackson Kowar started for Kansas City.

The A’s got on the scoreboard early scoring two runs in the first inning. Josh Harrison walked and Starling Marte had a double in the inning. Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie both had a sacrifice that drove Harrison and Marte in for the 2-0 score.

The A’s kept their foot on the gas in the second inning scoring three times for a 5-0 lead. Harrison and Andrus both had singles. Kowar had walked three in two innings and it was at this point that Ervin Santana took over in the second inning for Kansas City.

Oakland continued to roll and added another run in the third inning when Mark Canha doubled and scored when Santana threw two wild pitches. Now leading 6-0 the A’s had scored in the first three innings of this game.

Kansas City got going in the third inning scoring three runs and cutting Oakland’s lead in half 6-3.

The Royals would add another run in the fourth inning, a homerun by Hunter Dozier and Kansas City was chipping away at the A’s lead. Frankie Montas would leave the game with Deolis Guerra taking over on the mound.

The A’s would add a badly needed run in the fifth inning. Seth Brown and Elvis Andrus both had doubles with Brown scoring. It was a three up, three down for the Royals in the fifth.

The sixth inning proved to be a disaster for Oakland as Salvador Perez hit a three run homer for his 43rd of the year. Kyle Isbel had scored earlier in the inning. The Royals had taken the lead 8-7.

The Royals continued to storm back extending their lead to a 10-7 score. Another homerun from the team that is at the bottom for homers in the American League. Kyle Isbel homered with a runner on base. This was the first homer of his career and this was the Royals third home run of the game.

Oakland couldn’t get a thing going after the fifth inning. After the great start; leading 6-0 after three innings, there wasn’t much for the A’s. Just another of many disappointing late season showings. So the struggles continue within the Bullpen and now the starters as well.

First pitch in game two is scheduled for another 5:10 start.

A’s Down To The Wire In Their Next Series

Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas will start against the Kansas City Royals Tue Sep 14, 2021 at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City for game 1 of the three game series. (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

A’s Down To The Wire In Their Next series

By Barbara Mason

It’s been a long baseball season but it has seemed especially long for the Oakland A’s. They have had more ups and downs than a boardwalk roller coaster. If it’s not the starting pitchers, it’s the at bats or some crazy defensive play and for awhile now it has been the bullpen with a capital B.

There are six more series left in the season. Oakland will be facing the Kansas Royals, the Los Angeles Angels, the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves and take a look at what is next up for the A’s

Tuesday night they will be taking on the Kansas City Royals in a three game series. The Royals are not a factor in the playoff picture but would like nothing more than to play spoiler. That’s just what teams do when there is no post season in their future.

On Tuesday the A’s probable starting pitcher will be Frankie Montas who with an 3.57 ERA and has been very good on the mound. Montas has had some of his best stuff lately and has been impressive. If he can go deep and into the game, even as far as eight innings there will be less pressure on the bullpen.

It’s no secret that the Oakland bullpen has been less than stellar for while for now so taking pressure off them to perform is a good thing. It’s a shame that it has come down to this but its is what it is.

For the Kansas City Royals they will more than likely send Jackson Kowar to the mound with a 9.53 ERA. The A’s will need the bats to come alive early in the game coupled with their usual solid defensive play. They should have a lot of success in this series. The A’s will need some cooperation from the bullpen and that’s a given.

The bottom line is that this team has the tools to make a run this year. Tuesday night will hopefully begin the journey on that run.

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Bullpen issues for A’s as relievers can’t shut the door late

Oakland A’s reliever Sergio Romo got rocked on Sat Sep 11, 2021 by the Texas Rangers allowing four runs in the eighth inning in another A’s blown save at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum (file photo mercurynews.com)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara you’ve seen a number of late inning melt downs from the Oakland A’s bullpen where the starters go deep but the relievers just can’t hold the lead.

#2 A’s pitcher Cole Irvin took the game on Saturday into the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers with 6-2 lead and had all his pitches working for him did he look good enough to complete the game although that wouldn’t happen today with the pitch count.

#3 Irvin has been supportive and relievers Andrew Chafin and Sergio Romo were touched up by the Rangers who scored five runs in the eighth inning. Irvin said that they put in a great effect but the Rangers just saw the ball well and hit them were they ain’t.

#4 Going into a home stretch of the season like this where every game counts as the A’s make their best bet bid for a wild card birth they’re really going to need to lean on their bullpen to make over the hump.

#5 Barbara, the A’s open a three game series in Kansas City Tuesday night the bullpen has blown eight saves in their last 19 games those eight games are critical if you look at how close the wild card race is.

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

A’s get six run sixth sweep Angels 8-4 at Coliseum

Oakland A’s Ramon Laureano fist bumps with third base coach Mark Kotsay in the fourth inning after hitting a home run at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum on Wed Jun 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles 4 – 9 – 0

Oakland 8 -10 -0

By Lewis Rubman

Wednesday June16, 2021

OAKLAND–Five days ago, Cole Irvin pitched six beautiful innings at the Coliseum, shutting out the Kansas City Royals on two singles . Then, with Oakland leading 3-0, Salvador Pérez homered off the Oakland southpaw, followed by singles by Andrew Benintendi and Jorge Soler.

Yusmeiro Petit rode to Irvin’s rescue and retired the next two batters, but an error by Elvis Andrus, whose walk off single ended up winning the game for the A’s two innings later, opened the door for Benintendi to score KC’s second run of the inning.

In the next episode, Pérez blasted an encore home run off of Jake Diekman to tie the score, robbing Irvin of credit for what would have been his fifth win of 2021. His record had stalled at 4-7, 3.70.

Today, bolstered by the Oakland A’s (43-27) Ramón Laureano’s return to the line up, Irvin went for that fifth victory, facing the LA Angels (33-35), who sent Griffin Canning (5-4,5.22) to the mound.

Canning last saw action a week ago, when he held Kansas City to one run on five hits and two walks over 6-2/3 innings in a 6-1 victory over the Royals at Angel Stadium. Before today, he had a career record of 1-3, 4.88 against the green and gold. Last year, it was 0-2, 6.75.

There would be no win number five for the A’s lefty today. He left the game, trailing 4-2 with two men on and two down in the sixth. He had thrown 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, and surrender four runs, all earned on nine hits, including one homer.

He walked two and struck out two, and was on the hook for the loss. That went to Los Angeles’ Tony Watson after Oakland came back to defeat the fallen Angels 8-4..

The Angels gave Irvin a rude greeting. Justin Upton slammed his first pitch of the game up against the Kaiser Permanente sign between the 388 and 362 foot markers in right center field for a two base hit. He advanced to third on Shohei.

Ohtani’s ground out to Elvis Andrus, playing in the shift, and scored on Max Stassi’s single to left through a drawn in infield. Stassi went to second on another single to left, this one byo José Iglesias. Taylor Ward followed with yet another single to, you guessed it, left that brought Stassi home.

Jared Ward broke the monotony by sending a blast to deep left field, where Mark Canha made a spectacular leaping grab at the wall. Phil Gosselin drove in another run, scored by Iglesias with one more single, this one to center.

It looks as if the A’s might mount the start of a come back when Taylor Ward mishandled Matt Olson’s two out single to right and the A’s first baseman hustled to second, where umpire Mel Lentz called him safe. The umpires reviewing the play in New York called him out, Taylor to Stassi, covering.

The Angels padded their early lead with Ohtani’s 19th home run, a first pitch shot over the right field wall.

Laureano made two noteworthy catches in the top of the fourth. He made a long distance running catch of a liner off Lagares’s bat to open the inning and an excellent leap to pull Upton’s drive back from over the right center field fence to end the frame, the first one in which Irvin didn’t allow a runner to reach base.

In the A’s half of the inning, Laureano extended his stellar perormance, puting the Athletics on the board with a 404 foot blast on an 88 mph that left his bat at 107 mph before landing in the left field seats. It gave him an even dozen round trippers in his injury shortened season.

Irvin hung in there, benefiting from the Lefty Gomez method of successful pitching (clean living and a fast outfield) as the A’s slowly changed what looked like would be a rout into a ball glame.

Kemp walked with one down in the fifth and reached third on Aramis García’s seeing eye single to right and then scored when Canha beat out the relay from second on what would have been a double play for som without his hustle and speed. The scoreboard now read 4-2.

In the top of the sixth, Burch Smith took charge of Oakland´s pitching. He hurled 1-1/3 innings of perfect relief, earning himself his first win against no loses before turning the ball over to Sergio Romo, who pitched a 1,2, 3 top of the eigthth.

Canning was out of the game when the A’s next came to bat. He had worked five innings, in which he had yielded two earned runs on three hits, one of which went yard, two walks, and a hit batter. 45 of his 69 pitches were counted as strikes.

Canning’s replacement, Tony Watson, blew LA’s lead. He gave up back to back to back to back singles to Olson, Jed Lowry (batting for Moreland), Chapman, and Chad Pinder (recovered from his recent beaning and batting for Brown) that tied the game at four.

A conceded walk to Andrus, followed by Kemp’s single to center and the A’s were ahead 5-4, the bases were loaded, Watson was in the shower, and Steve Cishek was on the mound. His first pitch to García was a wild pitch, making the score 6-4.

Canha jrounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Andrus, and Laureano’s fly out to center moved Kemp to third, which ended Cishek’s failedattempt to stop the hemorage. José Suárez came in and struck out Lowrie to staunch the flow.

After Smith’s effective outing, Sergio Romo pitched a perfect eighth, giving way to Lou Trivino, who joined Smith and Romo in not having allowed anyone to reach base safely.

The A’s will resume play in the Bay Area on June 25 when they’ll take on the Giants in the first of a three game week end series at Oracle Park. After a day off, they’ll wrestle with the Rangers in another three game series and battle with Boston before taking off for Houston.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Will $12 billion price tag make City Council balk on A’s stadium? plus more A’s news

Artist rendering of the Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark. Oakland City Council will have meetings regarding approving the new ballpark on July 7th and a vote July 20th (photo from NBC Sports)

On That’s Amaury’s podcast:

#1 A $1 billion term sheet that showed the Oakland A’s price tag for the new Howard Terminal Ball Park was the initial figure but after infrastructure needs for development of the Howard Terminal and Jack London Square the price tag inflated for total developments to $12 billion.

#2 Amaury, how safe is the Howard Terminal footprint where the A’s ballpark? They have rail that surrounds the port area and it was reported to you first hand that it’s well known by the workers and contractors that have worked there that the ground is toxic radio active.

#3 Amaury, turning to the big series in Oakland with the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani brings with him the second highest home run total in the American League with 17 and he is just behind the Toronto Blue Jays Vladmir Guerrero who has 21.

#4 The A’s Matt Olson has been swinging the bats of late on Sunday he belted two home runs off of Kansas City Royals pitching and is leading the A’s with a .289 average.

#5 Tonight’s pitchers for game 2 of the series at the Coliseum the Angels will start Andrew Heaney (4-3 ERA 4.37) and for the A’s Frankie Montas (6-6 ERA 4.37) a 6:40pm first pitch.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s show resilience take three of four from Royals

Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt is having himself quite a season picking up his seventh straight win on Sun Jun 13, 2021 with a win over the Kansas City Royals at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Oakland A’s (40-27) showed no signs of giving up in this series the A’s have won nine of their last 11 games and took three of four from the Kansas Royals (30-34) for a 6-3 victory at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday.

#2 Once again the A’s proved attacking early putting up runs early and getting good pitching in the later innings wins in Sunday’s game as they scored once in the first, twice in the second and once again in the third.

#3 In the series guys that have been having some good at bats , Mark Canha, Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and like you said Ramon Laureano is coming soon..

#4 Tony Kemp has been on base and was walked three times on Sunday he’s also helped out in the series with some solid base running.

#5 Barbara, Shohei Otani and the Los Angeles Angels (33-32) are back at the Oakland Coliseum to open up a series with the A’s on Monday night. starting pitcher for the Angels Dylan Bundy (1-6 ERA 6.16) and for the A’s Sean Manaea (5-2 ERA 3.09).

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

A’s pour it on with 5 run 8th inning defeat Royals 11-2 in a laugher

Kansas City 2 – 5 – 0

Oakland 11 – 14- 0

By Lewis Rubman

June Saturday, June 1 2021

The Oakland A’s Tony Kemp slides in at home in front of Elvis Andrus after Matt Chapman hits a two run double in the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Jun 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

OAKLAND–While the Oakland A’s (39-27) and Kansas City Royals (30-33) were taking batting and fielding practice before this afternoon’s game, the city of San Leandro paid tribute to one of baseball’s unrecognized heroes of the game by dedicating the local Little League and Senior Leagues field in that city to Lou Profumo and unveiling a plaque that identifies the place as Lou Profumo Field. The A’s rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning for five runs and pretty much put the kibosh on the Royals for a 11-2 win.

It’s a small park in a small city, but Lou, who had a short career as a pitcher in the minor leagues during the 1950s and ’60s, played a major role in the development of hundreds, if not thousands of children and young adults who went on to live productive lives while enjoying and nourishing the game.

He coached youth baseball and women’s softball, worked to maintain the playing fields of the east bay area, and, as San Leandro councilmember Victor Aguilar put it, “He helped close the equity gap for those who could not afford to play.”

He’s a frequent welcome participant at the meetings of the local SABR chapter and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society, where he shares the knowledge and experience he’s gathered in his long and fruitful life, both horizontal across the baseball globe and vertical, in his deep roots here in the bay area.

In spite of all of the baseball industry’s faults and problems, the game of baseball continues to thrive, thanks to the work and dedication of people like Lou. That last sentence isn’t quite right. There are thousands of people like him, but there’s really no one like Lou Profumo.

In order to reach the Coliseum in time for today’s game, I couldn’t attend the ceremony to honor him and his contributions. I hope these inadequate notes can provide a measure of appreciation to that shown him in this morning’s ceremony.

At the Coliseum, the A’s hosted a less intimate pre-game gathering, this one held to celebrate African American Heritage Day. The different types of tribute–the grass roots and the institutional, the individual and collective–can be complimentary, as they were today.

After the last two night’s battles between Oakland and Kansas City, there’s a temptation to skip the first six innings and start paying attention in the top of the action-filled seventh. But ball games begin at the beginning and not always in the big inning.

This game began with James Kaprielian (2-1, 3.08) toeing the rubber for the 38-27 Athletics. He lost his most recent start, the first L he received as a major league hurler, but he had pitched pretty well in that losing effort, having allowed only two runs over five innings in Coors Field, where ERAs go to boom in the rarified air and spacious distances betweeen outfielders.

Kansas City (30-32) countered with Jackson Kowar, making only his second big league start. He was their compensation round draft pick, in exchange for the loss of Lorenzo Cain, in 2018 and rose quickly to the top. He was, however, creamed in his MLB debut five days ago at the Big A, where the Angels disposed of him after just two thirds of an inning in which he yielded three hits on four runs, two walks, and three wild pitches. His pitch count was 39. That he started today, five days after that inauspicious outing, is a sign that the Royals still think highly of him.

Kowar’s first inning this afternoon wasn’t the nightmare he suffered in Anaheim, but he did allow Oakland to take a 1-0 on Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly almost to the left center field wall, which plated Tony Kemp, who had singled to right and advanced to third when Matt Olson also singled to right.

Add a couple of walks to that, and the A’s had loaded the bases before Chad Pinder forced Seth Brown, the recipient of Kowar’s second passport, at second. He threw 34 pitches in the process of getting through his first major league complete inning. Kaprielian responded by striking out the three Royals he faced in the top of the second.

The Kansas City bull pen began stirring in the bottom of the second when Chapman’s liner to left rebounded off the fence, driving in Andrus, who has singled, and Kemp who had walked. Two pitches later, Olson drove Chapman in with a double to right.

Roland Bolaños hadn’t had time to warm up properly, but he came in anyway. Kowar, in his 1-1/3 inning stint had served up 57 offerings, 28 of which were balls. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out one, Skye Bolt, who was spelling Canha in center field.

Bolaños retired Moreland and Sean Muprhy, so Kowar was charged with only four runs, all of them well earned. At game’s end, he was the losing pitcher, with a record of 0-2, 36.00 Kaprielian faced some trouble of his own in the third, but he pitched his way out of it.

Jarrod Dyson’s lead off single to center and a walks to Nicky López brought Carlos Santana to the plate with runners on first and second with two down. The two runners executed a double steal before Santana walked to load the bases with royalty. Kaprielian restored order by getting Benindtendi to pop out to Kemp at second.

An innning later,a one out triple to right center by KelvinGutiérrez and walks to Dozie and Dyson had Kaprielian in a bases loaded jam. He wiggled out of it with a fly to right that Gutiérrez elected not to run on (a tribute to Seth Brown’s arm) and a grounder fielded by Andrus behind second and arriving in Olson’s glove before the speedy López made it to first.

Once Bolaños had retired his sixth consecutive batter by striking Olson out to end the fourth it looked like the Athletics had setled into their familiar pattern of jumping out to an early lead and then holding on for dear life while their bats went cold and their pitching faltered. But Kaprielian’s 1-2-3 fifth held at least the pitching part of that anxiety at bay.

In the bottom of the frame, the A’s allayed the anxiety’s offensive portion. A two out singgle to center by Brown, followed b a walk to Pinder and Andrus’s single to center scored a run and chased Bolaños from the mound. Carlos Hernández squelched the uprrising by striking out Bolt.

Bolaños had done a good job of keeping KC in the game. He allowed that one run in 3-1/3 frames, striking out four and walking two while yielding two hits and had stranded the runner in scoring position he inherited with only one out.His pitch count was 56, with 32 strikes.

Hernández stopped the A’s cold in the fifth, but he wasn’t as effetive in the sixth. After Kemp took a called strike three, Chapman continued to recover his batting stride, taking a 99 mph slider 388 feet deep into the right field stands and upping the Oakland lead to a more comfortable 6-0.

Six shutout innings were enough for Kaprielian on this warm–torrid for Oakland–afternoon. He left after allowing only two hits and four walks to go with seven Ks.

60 of his 95 pitchs were strikes. He eventually got the win Jesús Luzardo, whose seventh inning meltdown two nights ago was one of the most distressing components of that debacle, replaced him and kept the Royals off the board, allowing them only a walk.

He continued his attempt redeem his performance in last Thursday’s sinister seventh when he stayed on in the eighth. That was thwarted, despite Luzardo’s strike out of Pérez, by the 378 foot homer to left that Gutiérrez hit of a Luzardo change up with Santana on base with two out that brought Sergio Romo to the mound to put out the brush fire.

Hernández didn’t answer the bell for the seventh; Josh Staumont shut the A’s out for the visitors that inning. For the eight, it was Wade Davis, whose first pitch resulted in Skye Bolt’s first hit of the season and first major league home run, a 410 foot blast to center.

Before Davis knew what had hit him, Kemp and Chapman singled, and Olson smacked a three run homer to left center, his sixteenth round tripper of the year, raising his RBI totl to 44 and the A’s lead to 10-2. No one got up in the Kansas City bullpen; it was up to Wade to just sponge it up. It turned out that only one more Oakland run crossed the plate, scored by Moreland on Pinder’s sacrifice liner to right.

Cam Bedrosian mopped up for Oakland in the ninth, setting the Royals down in order.

It was a very satisfying vindication for the A’s, who now have bounced back from the affront to their dignity inflicted on them on Thursday. Chapman’s batting seems to have turned the corner, but Luzano’s poor showing is a concern.

The A’s have clinched a tie for this series. They hope to win it tomorrow, when Chris Bassitt (6-2, 3.44) is slated to go against Kris Bubic (1-1,3.32). The Angels will come to town for a three day series starting Monday. After that, the Athletics will take off for a three game series in the Bronx, a four game set in Dallas-Fort Worth, and a three day week end in Oracle Park.

Elvis’ single has left the infield; Walk off hit in 9th gets A’s 4-3 victory

Elvis Andrus jumps for joy as Oakland A’s teammate Seth Brown celebrates Andrus’ walk off single in the bottom of the ninth giving the A’s the one run win over the Kansas City Royals at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum Fri Jun 11, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kansas City 3 – 9 – 1

Oakland 4 – 8 – 1

By Lewis Rubman

Friday, June 11, 2021

OAKLAND–Following Thursday night’s ill-starred loss to the Kansas City Royals (30-32), the Oakland A’s (38-27), still hanging on to a one game lead over Houston in the AL West, sent southpaw Cole Irwin (4-7, 3.70) to the mound to try to help them even their four game series with the Kansas City Royals that will last through Sunday. The A’s picked up the win in the second of this four game series with a 4-3 walk off single in the ninth by Elvis Adrus to even the series at 1-1 on Friday night.

Irwin’s history against Kansas City goes back to his first big league first game, which took place on May 12, 2019, at Kaufman Stadium, where he held the Royals to five hits over seven innings, allowing only one run. He was pitching for the Phillies, so, in a strange sort of way, his career follows the route of his team, from Philadelphia through Kansas City to Oakland. Perhaps it’s best we not think about where he’ll go next.

Irwin’s waxed hot and cold this season. He went 2-3, 3.67 in April and 1-4, 4.46 in May. In his only June appearance before tonight, Irwin performed the feat of holding the Rockies to one run on five hits over seven innings in the pitchers’ house of horrors that is Coors Stadium.The A’s took that contest, 6-3.

KC countered with Brady Singer (3-5, 4.88), their first round pick in the 2018 draft, who made a swift climb to the majors last year, when he went 4-5, 4.05 for the 26-34 Royals. Three of his 12 starts this season were frankly bad, in which he lasted no longer than 3-1/3 innings. In what was arguably his best outing, on April 24 at Detroit he went seven frames, allowing three hits and one run. Six days earlier, he had shut out Toronto at home on two hits over six innings.

Irwin set the first ten Royals he faced down in order but ran into trouble with one out in the top of the fourth. Back to back singles by Carlos Santana and Salvador Pérez brought up clean up and number five hitters Andrew Benintendi and Jorge Soler, both of whom had figured prominently in last night´s fatidic seventh inning Royals rally. Irwin rose to the ocassion and disposed of them with a strike out and a fly to right center.

Singer worked his way out of trouble in the first inning and had to face a runner on second with two out in the following frame, but he sailed through the third. He couldn’t manage that in the home fourth. With one down, Mitch Moreland and Matt Chapman hit back to back doubles to right and left field, respectively.

Then Seth Brown unloaded on a 94 mph sinker that landed in the right field stands, 405 feet from home, from which it had left at the speed of velocity of 105 mph. It was Brown’s ninth home run and 22nd and 23rd RBI of the year, and it put the A’s ahead, 3-1.

It looked as if the seventh inning curse was about to claim its second consecutive victim in the Oakland rotation when Salvador Pérez lifted Irvin’s second pitch of the inning down the left field line for his 15th home run of the year and Benintendi and Soler followed with singles. That was enough for BoMel, who replaced his starter, who now had given up six hits in six innings, striking out four without issuing a base on balls. He had thrown 62 pitches, 46 for strikes.

Yusmeiro Petit inherited the two runners, one of whom, Benintendi, advanced to third on Hunter Dozier’s fly out to right. Petit almost got out of the inning with no further damage, but Elvis Andrus flubbed an attempted backhanded pickup of Michael Taylor’s grounder, allowing Benintendi to narrow the gap to 3-2.

The run, unearned was charged to Irvin. Petit again seemed to have pulled a Houdini when Hanser Alberto hit a grounder right at Andrus … whose soft toss to Lowrie arrived too late to force Taylor out at second. That fielder’s choice loaded the bases. Whit Merrifield´s broken bat soft liner to second finally put an end to the threat.

Jake Brentz relieved Singer to start the bottom of seventth. Singer had pitched well, if not as well as the ill-served Irvin. KC’s starter allowed three runs, all earned, in his six innings of mound duty, during which he threw 104 pitches, 66 for strikes. He yielded five hits and a walk against seven strike outs. Brentz retired the side in order.

Jake Diekman replaced Petit on the hill to protect Oakland’s slim lead in the eighth. He couldn’t. After Carlos Santana grounded out to Lowrie at second, Pérez lofted his second straight four bagger, this time taking an 86 mph slider deep over the left center field fence to knot the score at three apiece.

After walking Benintendi, Diekman struck out Soler and handed the ball over to Lou Trivino to face Dozier, who blooped a single to right center. Benintendi tried to score from first, but was called out by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale, whose decision was upheld on review. The put out went Canha to Olson to García.

Kemp greeted Scott Barlow, the Royals´new pitcher in the bottom of the eighth with a line single off second baseman Merrifield’s gove into right, but he quickly was erased on a 4-6-3 double play from the bat of Olson. Barlow whiffed Lowrie to preserve the tie.

Trivino returned to the hill to open the ninth and gave up a sharp single to center on his first pitch to Gutiérrez and threw three straight balls to Taylor. When Taylor swung at and missed Trivino’s next offering, Jarrod Dyson, running for Gutiérrez took off for second. Umpire Shane Livensparger ruled him out on García’s throw to Andrus, but his call was overruled on review. With no one out and a fast runner in scoring position, Trivino proceeded to strike out Taylor and Hanser Alberto before getting Merrifield to fly out to right.

With Barlow back on the mound, Moreland opened the bottom of the ninth by grounding out to first on his first pitch. Then Chapman, whose bat had come alive earlier in the evening, hit his third straight safety, a double to left, his second of the game. Barlow conceeded a walk to Brown, preferring to face Andrus. Andrus came through. He lined a single to right, and Chapman dashed home with the winning run.

The win went to Trivino, who had given up two hits but no runs in 1-1/3 innings, during which 14 of his 20 pitches were strikes. His ERA dropped to 2.40 and he now stands at 3-2 in addition to his nine saves. The loss went to Barlow, who also worked 1-1/3 innings, but he gave up three hits, and that third won did him in. His won-lost record now is 2-2.

Over the weekend, the A’s will complete their four game battle royal with Kansas City. On Saturday, James Kaprielian (2-1, 3.08) will face the visitors’ Jackson Kowar (0-1, 54.00) in a duel of righties, and on Sunday, it will be the right handed Chris Bassitt (6-2, 3.44) who opposes KC’s southpaw Kris Bubic (1-1, 3.32). Both games are scheduled for 1:07.

Starting on Monday the 14th, the A’s will offer Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines at the Coliseum, free of charge, with no appointments or insurance necessary. The A’s press release says, “Individuals are eligible to return to the vaccination clinic for their second dose at a future game and will once again receive a voucher for two tickets to an A’s game.”

This seems to imply that everyone who gets vaccinated at the ballpark will get a voucher, and Dave Kaval’s statement, “We encourage baseball fans to head to the Coliseum to receive a vaccine and then join us for a great day of A’s baseball,” strengthens that implication If you want a vaccination and don’t already have a ticket for the game, you can enter the vaccination clinic, which will be in the Eastside Club, through the BART Ramp.

People 12 years and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine as a first or second dose, although those under. 18 receiving the Pfizer vaccine must have consent from a parent or guardian.) Any one under 18 will need a parent or guardians’s consent to get the Pfizer shot.