Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s relieved to win two straight; Big test tonight at Yankee Stadium

The Oakland A’s hitter Seth Brown turns on a sixth inning pitch for his tenth home run of the season against the Kansas City Royals in the top of the sixth at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sun Jun 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Oakland A’s (25-49) for the second day in a row put together back to back wins this one coming on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City with a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals (26-45).

#2 The A’s got offensive punch something they had been missing for most of the month of June when the A’s Seth Brown belted his tenth home run for 2022 and Nick Allen slugged a couple of hits which turned out to be RBIs.

#3 Things started looking up until the Royals answered right back in the bottom of the sixth inning with a couple of runs of their own to tie it up 2-2.

#4 The Royals Carlos Santana in the sixth hit a two RBI single and Edward Oliveras got a bloop single that scored three runs for all of Kansas City’s offense for the afternoon. With the Royals in front 3-2 the A’s came right back and scored twice in the top of the seventh thanks to Nick Allen’s two run RBI the A’s then went up 4-3. Cristian Pache hit for an RBI single that gave Oakland some cushion for the eventual win 5-3.

#5 The A’s head to the Big Apple and face the hottest team in the Majors on Monday night the New York Yankees (50-20) the Yankees have won six of their last ten games. The A’s will start Paul Blackburn (6-3, 2.97) he’ll be opposed by Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.97) a 4:05 pm PDT first pitch.

Barbara does the Oakland A’s podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland Breaks Four Game Losing Streak defeat Kansas City 9-7

Nick Allen (2) of the Oakland A’s takes off for home on a Jonah Bride RBI single in the top of the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sat Jun 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

Oakland Breaks Four Game Losing Streak defeat Kansas City 9-7

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Oakland A’s (24-49) took on the Kansas City Royals (26-44) in game two of they’re series. The A’s lost game one Friday 3-1. They struggled on offense and never really got going in this game.

The A’s got up on the scoreboard early in this game. Seth Brown hit a single in the first inning driving in Tony Kemp. Sean Murphy grounded out and Ramon Laureano scored for the 2-0 lead.

The A’s would extend their lead in the third inning. Brown grounded out and Kemp would cross home plate for the second time in the game, now leading 3-0.

The Royals got on the board when Bobby Witt Jr. hit a solo home run to left. They trailed in this game 3-1.

The A’s would add more runs in the fourth inning. Nick Allen doubled driving in Elvis Andrus followed by Jonah Bride who singled and Allen scored. Oakland now had a 5-1 lead.

Kansas City added another run in the fourth inning. Cam Gallagher doubled bringing home MJ Melendez and Carlos Santana. Oakland still led but the Royals were making a push. In the sixth inning Cam Gallaher doubled for a second time in the game and Michael Taylor scored. The A’s were clinging onto a 5-4 lead.

Oakland got some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Sean Murphy singled in the seventh driving in Seth Brown and in the eighth inning Tony Kemp hit a home run with Nick Allen on base. The A’s had a nice 8-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.

The Royals pulled the carpet from underneath the A’s in the eighth inning. Michael Taylor hit a homer with two runners on base negating the nice lead that Oakland had. Again Oakland had a slim one run 8-7 lead.

Sam Moll came in for Oakland and didn’t even last the eighth inning. He walked three and allowed the Michael Taylor home run. Lou Trevino took over on the mound trying to get out of the inning without further damage. Trivino had a good inning and it was on to the ninth inning.

The A’s got an insurance run in the ninth inning. Christian Bethancourt scored on a Dylan Coleman wild pitch to take a 9-7 lead. The A’s were three outs away from a win. Trevino would remain in the game trying to to close this one out.

Oakland had to fight to the end in this game. It was a 3 hour and 46 minute marathon. Lee Trevino saved the game breaking their four game losing streak. The A’s had 14 hits in this game with some nice offense.

First pitch in Game Three is schedule for 11:10 AM at Kauffman Stadium. James Kaprielian (ERA 5.98) will take the mound for the A’s. Brady Singer (3-2, 4.34) will get the nod for the Royals.

Oakland Loses Another One to KC 3-1; A’s on four game skid

Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt throws his bat after striking out in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Fri Jun 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

Oakland Loses Another One to KC 3-1

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Oakland A’s (23-49) took on another struggling team In Kansas City, the Royals (26-43). Oakland is coming off three straight losses against Seattle at the Oakland Coliseum.

Cole Irving took the mound for Oakland. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and did have a good game but it wasn’t enough as the A’s failed to give him any run support in the 3-1 loss at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

He has not won a game since April 24th. Something that he rarely does is allow more than a single home run in a game but Kansas City’s Edward Olivares did exactly that hitting one in the third inning and a second in the fifth inning.

The Olivares home run in the third inning gave Kansas City the early lead 1-0. In the fourth inning Seth Brown hit a single and drove Tony Kemp home to tie up the game 1-1.

Olivares’ second home run gave the lead back to the Royals in the fifth inning 2-1. The Royals solidified the win in the sixth inning when Carlos Santana singled driving Hunter Dozier home.

Zach Greinke pitched for Kansas City back with the Royals handing the A’s their fourth loss in a row.

Oakland had six hits in the game but but only managed the one run in the fourth inning. They could not string hits together and that has been a problem for the team all season. Seth Brown and Sean Murphy each had two hit games for the A’s.

Oakland will play game two of this series at 1:10 PM tomorrow afternoon. On the mound for the A’s will be Jared Koenig (1-2, 6.59) who had a great game in his last outing with a much improved ERA at 6.59. His last win was Sunday beating the Royals 4-0. Kansas City will start Brad Keller (2-8, 4.30).

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmson: A’s open three game set with Royals in Kansas City tonight

The Oakland A’s Sheldon Neuse slides in at home plate in the bottom of the first inning to score the A’s only run of the game against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Jun 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas left little doubt that he’s a front line pick for the July trade deadline. Montas went eight innings and threw a no hitter for 7.2 innings against the visiting Seattle Mariners on Thursday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 Montas has been keeping opponents off balance all season long with his brand of pitching. Opposing teams know that they’ll have their hands full when they face him.

#3 The pair of wild pitches by reliever AJ Puk in the top of the ninth that allowed the tying run and go ahead run had to be one of Puk’s worst meltdowns this season?

#4 It also had to be a tough afternoon for A’s reliever Zach Jackson who loaded the bases for Puk and he ended up taking the loss because he was responsible for the runners left on base.

#5 The A’s open a three game series with the Royals tonight the A’s will start Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14) he’ll be opposed by the Royals Zack Greinke (0-4, 5.05) this ball game is underway at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Daniel Dullum: A’s too wild to stay in game against M’s in 2-1 loss; Oakland reliever Puk throws two wild pitches in 9th

The Seattle Mariners Jesse Winker scores from third base on Oakland A’s pitcher AJ Puk’s second wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning at Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland on Thu Jun 23, 2022

On the A’s podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, the Oakland A’s (23-48) leading 1-0 for eight innings couldn’t hold on in the ninth inning as reliever AJ Puck threw two wild pitches that allowed two runs to scored as the Seattle Mariners (32-39) came away with a 2-1 win.

#2 Meanwhile the A’s back in the bottom of the first inning scored their only run of the game when Cristian Bethancourt hit a single that scored Sheldon Neuse. What makes this so unusual the A’s have had to scratch for getting a run of any kind.

#3 The A’s got superb pitching from starter Frankie Montas who threw shutout ball until he was lifted after eight innings of dealing. Montas’ line eight innings, two hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

#4 The A’s relivers Zack Jackson and AJ Puk couldn’t salvage the game in the top of the ninth. The A’s leading 1-0 saw the bases loaded and Puk replaced Jackson. Puk threw a wild pitch that allowed the Mariners Dylan Moore to score from third base to tie it up 1-1. Another Puk wild pitch allowed Jesse Winker to score from third for the Seattle go ahead run making it 2-1.

#5 The A’s go back to the drawing board and open a three game series in Kansas City where they’ll start Cole Irvin (2-4, 3.14) he’ll be opposed by the Royals Zack Greinke (0-4, 5.05) a 5:10 pm first pitch at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Join Daniel for Major League Baseball podcasts Thursday nights right here at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Koenig shows improvement pitches 5 plus innings of shutout ball against KC

Oakland A’s starter Jared Koenig fires against the Kansas City Royals line up in first inning action at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun Jun 19, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Oakland A’s starter Jared Koenig and three relievers shutout the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-0 at the Oakland Coliseum to avoid a sweep.

#2 The three hit shutout was Koenig’s first Major League win of his career after having two rocky starts. Koenig pitched 5.2 innings, two hits, four walks and no strike outs.

#3 On Father’s day Koenig’s father Greg watched his son pitch to his first MLB victory and what made it sweeter Koenig who grew up 75 miles south of the Coliseum.

#4 The A’s bats were alive for Sunday’s game against the Royals, Seth Brown had three hits and a home run. A’s catcher Sean Murphy hit a home run in the cause.

#5 The A’s will take Monday off as they prepare to host the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night at 6:40 pm PDT starting for Seattle Marco Gonzalez (3-7, 3.41) and for Oakland James Kaprielian (0-4, 6.31) at the Oakland Colisuem.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: A’s can’t get it together drop two straight against Royals; A’s need a win Sunday to avoid sweep

Oakland A’s left fielder Seth Brown literally leaves it all on the field and can’t catch the Kansas City Royals Michael A Taylor’s drive which turned into a triple in the top of the seventh inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Jun 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Kansas City Royals starter Brad Keller who had not won in two months came out Saturday against the Oakland A’s pitching no hit ball through six inning and was lifted in the seventh and was the winning pitcher in a 2-0 pitcher duel at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 A’s starter Cole Irvin pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just three hits and an earned run it would have been good enough to win if the A’s just got some hitting.

#3 In relief for the Royals Jose Cuas got two batters out and gave up a double in the bottom of the eighth inning. Then Royal reliever Scott Barlow followed up facing four hitters and setting them down and the Royals came away with a two hit shutout.

#4 The win was Keller’s first win since May 3 and he kept the A’s line up off balance all game long retiring 17 of his first 18 batters and he looked like he might have a shot at no hitter going into the seven inning.

#5 The A’s have one more chance at the Royals and to avoid a sweep. The Royals will start right hander Brady Singer (3-1, 4.24) and for the A’s left hander Jared Koenig (0-2, 11.25) a 1:07 pm PDT first pitch at the Coliseum.

Join Charlie O every other Sunday for the A’s podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Clutch hitting and pitching lead Royals past A’s 2-0

Kansas City Royals’ Brad Keller pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Jun 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Timely RBIs by Ryan O’Hearn and Whit Merrifield provided all the offense the Kansas City Royals (23-41) would need Saturday to compliment a quality pitching performance at the Coliseum, as the Royals blanked the Oakland A’s (22-45) 2-0.

The win was the third in a row for Kansas City before an announced crowd of 10,936, who saw the A’s lose their eighth straight home game. It was also the Royals’ third straight road win.

It was a tough loss for Cole Irvin (2-4), who threw 6 1/3 strong innings. Irvin surrendered one run on three hits, walked two and struck out six.

The Athletics’ bullpen – Domingo Acevedo, Zach Jackson, A.J. Puk and Dany Jimenez – combined for six strikeouts, two walks, and gave up one run on four hits over the remaining 2 2/3 innings.

Brad Keller (2-8), Jose Cuas and Scott Barlow combined for a two-hit shutout. Keller struck out six, walked three and retired the first 17 batters he faced until giving up a two-out double to Jonah Bride in the bottom of the sixth. It was Keller’s first win since May 3.

Barlow struck out one in a scoreless 1 1/3-inning effort to earn his eighth save.

With one out in the Kansas City seventh, Michael A. Taylor tripled to left center and scored with when Acevedo surrendered a double to O’Hearn, who was pinch-hitting for Emmanuel Rivera.
Going into Saturday’s game, O’Hearn was hitting .546 with a home run and three runs batted in as a pinch-hitter this season.

The Royals made it 2-0 in the ninth when Kyle Isbel was hit by a Puk pitch, was sacrificed to second and scored on Merrifield’s base hit to left-center.

Luis Barrera had the only other Oakland hit, his fifth double of the season.

The Royals will go for the sweep on Sunday, with Brady Singer (3-1, 4.24) on the mound, facing Oakland’s Jared Koenig (0-2, 11.25). Game time is 1:07 p.m.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s just not getting any hitting; Are A’s saving up on player salaries until they get a new park?

Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas bare hands a grounder in the top of the fifth inning as the Kansas City Royals Mike Lopez tries to run it out at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri Jun 17, 2022

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary:

Both the visiting Kansas City Royals (22-41) and the Oakland A’s (22-44) both teams are in last place in their respective divisions. It’s going to be an interesting series between these two clubs which opened up on Friday night.

Both teams are struggling trying to win a few more games before the halfway point of the season just in a few weeks mid July. The Royals are on a two game win streak after defeating the San Francisco Giants last Wednesday and with a four run 5-1 victory on Friday.

It’s been tough for the Royals a lot of people have expected a lot more from manager Mike Matheny’s team. Matheny formerly managed the St Louis Cardinals and was a catcher for the Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

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

A’s just can’t score runs as Royals take advantage 5-1

Oakland Athletics left fielder Chad Pinder gets in the left field corner to make a brilliant catch on a ball hit by Kansas City Royals’ Bobby Witt Jr. in the top of the six inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday, June 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

Kansas City. 5. 11. 0

Oakland. 1. 5. 1

Friday, June 17, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The Oakland A’s (22-44) and the Kansas City Royals (22-41) went into tonight’s encounter fairly evenly matched. Both teams had won the last game of their previous series, KC squeezing past the Giants 3-2 at Oracle Park on Wednesday and the A’s hanging on to beat the Red Sox 4-3 at Fenway Thursday.

That brought the season’s record for the visitors to 21-41, which left them in the cellar of the AL Central with an average of .339 ,and gave Oakland a mark of 21-43, .338, fifth in the five team AL West. The Royals would pick up their 22nd victory on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum with a 5-1 win against their host the A’s.

The Royals were outhitting the Athletics .238 to .211, but the green and gold’s staff ERA was 4.44 against the midwesterners’ 5.12. As the one time manager of the Oakland Oaks, Casey (from KC) Stengel, wryly remarked, “Good pitching always beats good hitting and vice versa.”

When tonight’s dust had settled, the won and lost figures for the midwesterners were 22-41, and those of the hometown crew had fallen to 21-44.

Righty Frankie Montás, taking the mound at 3-6, 3.40 last pitched on June 11, where he won the first of the A’s two victories in that disastrous nine game trip. With his arsenal of fastballs, changeups, sliders, and cutters, he is a prime candidate for the Next Athletic To Be Traded Award.

Kansas City chose tonight’s starter, Daniel Lynch, as their first pick in the 2018 draft. The southpaw quickly rose through their ranks, arriving in the show in 2021 and managing to go 4-5, albeit with an ERA of 5.84. He features a fastball, a slider, and a change of pace.

Montás got into hot water early. Whit Merrifield pulled the second pitch of the game into left for a lead off single and was on second one pitch later after Andrew Benintendi’s opposite field single through the hole between short and third.

The Oakland starter earned himself a brief respite striking out Bobby Witt, Jr. but allowed clean up hitter Salvador Pérez a run scoring two base hit to center that sent Merrifield home and Benintendi to third.

After striking out MJ Meléndez, Montás walked Hunter Dozier to load the bases but escaped further damage by getting Kyle Isabel to foul out to Seth Brown at first.

The hot water got closer to a boil in the top of the second. Nicky López drove a one out single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Merrifield went down swinging on a 3-2 cutter.

Benintendi drove him in with his second single to left in two innings. Montás closed down the frame by fanning Witt, also for the second time in as many innings. It was Montás’ fourth strike out, but the A’s now were down 2-0.

Between the top and the bottom of the second, first base umpire Charlie Ramos replaced crew chief Ron Kulpa behind the plate. No reason was given

The momentum shifted after Lynch retired Matt Davidson and Seth Brown to open their half of the second. Elvis Andrus hit a clean single to center and motored to third on Jonah Bride’s single to left.

Bride, recently called up from AA Midland, moved into scoring position when Lynch unleashed a wild pitch to Christián Pache, who eventually walked, clogging the base baths with Oaklanders. Chad Pinder then ripped a single to right, which plated Andrus. The ball was so well hit that Bride had to hold up at second.

It was a good thing he did because Kyle Isbel made a beautiful throw home that would have nabbed him. But Laureano grounded out to short, and the inning ended with Oakland trailing 2-1. Three men left on base. Where have I heard that song before?

Montás coughed the run his defense had just earned him, surrendering a 422 foot blast to center that went for Salvador Pérez’s tenth round tripper of the year. It came off of a 95mph four seamer. Thanks to a 6-4-3 twin killing and a fly to right, that was all the damage KC could inflict on the Athletics in that episode.

A pitcher’s best friend, this time Andrus unassisted to Brown, kept the Royals off the board in the fourth in spite of their two hits, both singles.

It looked as if the double play would once more help Montás escape trouble when, with Witt on first with a lead off single in the fifth, Pérez hit a bouncer to Davidson at the hot corner. But the ball skipped right by the rookie, Pérez reached at first and Witt was, briefly, on third before coming home on MJ Meléndez’s sacrifice fly to deep right.

Pérez took second on a wild pitch to Hunter Dozier, who finished his at bat grounding out to short. With two out and runners on first and second Michael Taylor popped up to third on Montás’s hundredth pitch.

But Davidson just stood there as pellet fell to earth for what the rules mandate had to be scored as a single. Montás finished the inning and his start by making a fine play to throw López out at first on a little nubber he hit between the mound at the plate.

It was a hell of a way to end an outing. Montás had lasted five innings and thrown 103 pitches, 62 for strikes. He allowed five runs, three of them earned, on ten hits, one of them a home run, three walks, and two wild pitches. He struck out four. He took the loss, giving him a record of 3-6, 3.53. Austin Pruitt replaced him in the sixth.

Pruitt didn’t receive any better infield support than Montás did. The first batter he faced, Merrifield, sent a bouncing ball to Davidson, I should say THROUGH to Davidson, that Andrus, backing up the recently promoted third sacker Davidson, fielded but wasn’t able to deliver to first on time. Again, it had to be called a hit.

The reliever did benefit from two fine catches by Pinder in left. On a leaping grab on the warning track, the other a running leaping grab at the wall. He managed to finish up the frame unscored upon and stay on the mound to pitch a perfect seventh and eighth.

Lynch also lasted five innings, during which he threw 99 pitches, 67 of which were deemed strikes. Like Montás he threw two wild pitches, but he allowed only a single run, which was earned, on four hits and two walks. His strikeout total, ten, equaled the number of hits Montás had yielded.

Lynch got the win, making him 3-6, 5,19 for the year. His replacement to open the Oakland sixth was right hander Dylan Coleman who needed 23 pitches to the A’s down and out before yielding to Taylor Clarke after the seventh inning stretch.

He retired them to a conga beat, 1-2-3 in his first inning of relief and put down the two batters he faced in the two-thirds of an inning that he hurled in the eighth. Lefty Gabe Speier took care of the third out and came back to face two A’s in the ninth, walking Brown and getting Andrus out on a liner to deep center.

Lou Trivino, once the mainstay of Oakland’s bullpen, came in to face the Royals in their half of the ninth, hardly the high leverage situation in which he was used in his hayday. He put KC away, allowing only a walk, helped by a beautiful backhanded catch and leaping throw to first by Andrus.

After Speier retired Andrus, Josh Staumont was given the ball. He walked Bride, sending Brown to second. Luis Barrera, who had hit for Pache in the seventh and stayed in the game as right fielder, fanned. With two down, Stephen Vogt pinch hit for Pinder and flew out to right.

The series continues with a pair of day games over the weekend. Saturday’s game starts at 1:07 with Cole Irvin (2-3,3.34) going for Oakland against Kansas City’s Brad Keller (1-8,4.74).