Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s coming off two game loss open up against Ohtani and Angels tonight at Coliseum

Oakland A’s pitcher Adrian Martinez deals against the San Francisco Giants line up in the top of the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun Aug 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Allowing too many homers, and completely absent of hitting triples, the A’s were locked into their 2022 form on Sunday. Oh, and don’t dismiss the playing poorly at home at the Coliseum part as well.

#2 The Giants came across the Bay on life support, but left with a couple of deep breaths, after beating the hosts 6-4 on Sunday, and sweeping the brief, two-game Bay Bridge series affair.

#3 The A’s built momentum surrounding the All-Star break, winning 10 of 14, but that’s officially lost. They’ve dropped three straight, and six of eight following that two weeks of encouraging progress. 

#4 A’s Starter Adrian Martinez had Mike Yastrzemski in an 0-2 hole in the third inning when the first long ball was struck. Unfortunately, his pitch location on a potential strikeout pitch wasn’t near what it needed to be.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels and A’s open up a three game series at the Coliseum Monday night Angels starter Jose Suarez (3-4, 4.55) he’ll be opposed by A’s starter Cole Irvin (6-8, 4.40) a 6:40pm PDT first pitch.

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

Angels beat A’s 3-1 to win opener of three-game set at the Big A in Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani hits a line drive to center for an out in the bottom of the third inning against the visiting Oakland A’s at the Big A in Anaheim on Tue Aug 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The sports world was saddened Tuesday night when news of the passing of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully. Scully was the voice of the Dodgers, first in Brooklyn, then in Los Angeles. Scully was 94 years old.

There are many broadcasters, but he was the best of the best. There will be many tributes to Vin in the coming days. As a personal note, I was privileged to meet and talked with him several times when the A’s played the Dodgers. He will be missed by all who knew him and listened to his magnificent ability to bring the game of baseball to life.

On Tuesday night, there was a baseball game in Anaheim between the A’s and the Los Angeles Angels. Frankie Montas was supposed to start for Oakland. Noah Syndergaard was supposed to go for the Angels. Both players had new teams on Tuesday. The A’s traded Montas and Lou Trivino for four prospects. The A’s received three pitchers and a position player. Two of the pitchers are left-handed. The Angels traded Syndergaard and outfielder Brandon Marsh to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Angels traded their closer Raisel Iglesias to the Atlanta Braves.

Cole Irvin started for Oakland, and the Angels countered with lefty Jose Suarez. Irvin pitched well, but Suarez was better. The Angels won the game 3-1.

The Angels’ shortstop, who loves to hit against the A’s, sent Irvin’s third pitch of the game over the fence in left field. Irvin settled down and retired the next three hitters. The Angels led 1-0 after one inning of play.

The A’s defense committed two errors in the bottom of the second to give the Angels an unearned run. Irvin retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the second. Angels left fielder Jo Adell reached on an infield single. A’s third baseman Jonah Bride’s throw to first went over the first baseman’s head for an error. Adell went to second. On the next play, A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus’s throw to first base got past Dermis Garcia for the second error of the inning. Adell scored to put the Angels ahead 2-1.

The Angels added a run in the fourth. With one out, Angels’ first baseman Jared Walsh doubled. Irvin retired Adell for the second out. Angel’s third baseman Phil Gosselin hit a flyball to shallow right field. Three players had a chance to catch the ball. Stephen Piscotty nearly caught the ball. He stretched out to catch it but could not get the ball into his glove. Walsh scored with the Angels’ third run of the night.

The A’s offense put a run on the board in the top of the fifth. Jonah Bride worked Suarez for a walk, leading off the inning. Bride went to second on a passed ball. A’s catcher Sean Murphy singled to drive in Bride. 

The A’s had a chance to get back into the game in the top of the sixth. Righty Andrew Wantz was now pitching for the Angels. The A’s loaded the bases with no out. Tony Kemp pinch hit for Nick Allen and struck out. Wantz got Jonah Bride to hit into the pitcher’s best friend, a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Jimmy Herget retired all A’s six hitters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. Left Jose Quijada set the A’s down in order 1-2-3 in the ninth to preserve the win for Los Angeles. The Angels win 3-1.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s dropped to 39-66. The Angels improved to 44-59.

Suarez was the winning pitcher. His line was five innings, five hits, and one unearned run. He is now 3-4. Cole Irvin absorbed his eighth loss of the year. Irvin went six innings allowing six hits, three runs, two earned, and one home run. Irvin has given up three leadoff home runs this season. He is the first pitcher in A’s history to accomplish that feat.

Elvis Andrus was the hitting star for Oakland Andrus had two singles and a double in four at-bats.

The line score for Oakland was one run, seven hits, and two costly errors. The Angels’ line was three runs, seven hits, and no errors.

Game two of the series will start at 6:38 pm Wednesday at Angels Stadium. Shohei Ohtani will gor for LA and James Kaprielian with pitch for Oakland.

The time of the game was 2:33. 22,920 were on hand to see the Angels win.

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open three game series with Angels Tuesday at the Big A

Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas could very well be making his last start on Mon Aug 1, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez both homered against the Oakland A’s (39-65) in the final meeting between the two clubs on Sunday the Sox did most of the damage in the bottom of the second inning on Sunday at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago scoring three runs in the 4-1 win.

#2 Chicago starter Dylan Cease threw for six innings giving up one earned run, four hits and seven strikeouts.

#3 The White Sox with the win move to a game over .500 (51-50) Chicago was predicted to win the AL Central now trail the first place Minnesota Twins by 2.5 games that could turn out to be an interesting race in the central.

#4 Trade deadline is upon the A’s and starter Frankie Montas is on the top of the A’s shopping list on Sunday. The New York Yankees showed interest in Montas and if they could get him they would consider him to be their number one starter.

#5 The A’s have the day off Monday and open a three game series in Los Angeles against Shohei Ohtani and the Angels at the Big A in Anaheim on Tuesday night.. Starting pitcher for the A’s Frankie Montas (4-9, 3.18) and for the Angels Ryan Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83) a 6:38 pm PDT first pitch.

Oakland A’s podcasts with Barbara Mason is heard Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Former Giant Bumgarner shows good command in D-Backs 8-3 win over Giants at Chase? White Sox cancel fireworks show over shooting that killed six; plus more news

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner walks to the dugout before their game before the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field in Phoenix on Mon Jul 4, 2022 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Arizona Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner said that he was excited to pitch on July 4th and picked up a win going five innings, giving up three earned runs, five hits, three walks and four strikeouts defeating his former team the San Francisco Giants 8-3.

#2 The Diamondbacks did most of the damage in the later innings against the Giants scoring twice in the sixth and eighth innings. It was the Giants 11th loss in 14 games and fifth loss in row.

#3 In the Chicago suburb Highland a lone gunman shot and killed six and 31 wounded at a Fourth of July Parade. Many of the dead and injured were sitting in seats along the parade route. The White Sox canceled their fireworks show which was to conclude after their game against the game almost was canceled but after talking to MLB the game was played.

#4 The Chicago Cubs Wilson Contreras who slide into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning at Wrigley Field and sliced the thigh of Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts who required seven stitches when his cleats hit Bogaerts right outside thigh.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels promoted catcher’s coach Bill Haselman to interim interim manager. The Angels current manager is Phil Nevin and acting interim manager Ray Montgomery are serving ten and two game suspension respectively.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Kapler takes anthem protests one game at a time; Can A’s improve attendance as Astros and Red Sox pay a visit to Coliseum

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler takes a stroll to the Giants dugout after making a pitching change in the top of the eighth inning against the New York Mets on Mon May 23, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Gabe Kapler San Francisco Giants manager made headlines when he said he would not be on the field for the national anthem but made an exception for the Memorial Day game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

#2 The Oakland A’s continue to suffer at the gate their draws have been around 8,000 plus tops and bottoming out around 3,000 on a Thursday night against the Texas Rangers.

#3 What a week for the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani on Sunday Ohtani homered twice, but the Angels lost by just a run in a slugfest against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Big A in Anaheim 11-10 in a back and forth game. No doubt Ohtani is doing it all this season for the Halos.

#4 There is no doubt Amaury that the Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham who returned from his three day suspension on Monday and San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson as strange as that situation is Pham felt that Pederson cheated in Fantasy Football and Pham said there was a lot of money at stake and hence the bad blood between the two. How dangerous is a situation like this when there is money lost between players and they have to play together professionally.

#5 Amaury, talk about the warm pitched that bounced that was thrown by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Michael Lorenzen one of the warm up pitches went up and hit teammate catcher Kurt Suzuki in the neck. Suzuki was helped off the field but once in the dugout passed out on Saturday night. Suzuki went to the hospital and a few hours later returned to the ballpark and said he was available to play the next day in Sunday’s game.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead play by play announcer heard on Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: White Sox surprised Yanks Donaldson got just a one day suspension; Cardinals Molina out for bereavement after pitching Sunday

New York Yankees Josh Donaldson (left) and manager Aaron Boone (right) talk during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago on Sun May 22, 2022 (AP News)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 MLB suspended New York Yankees Josh Donaldson one game for making a Jackie Robinson reference to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday. Donaldson after the game in New York made the Jackie Robinson reference and said he meant no disrespect but White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz was surprised that he only got one day.

#2 The Jackie Robinson reference was an undertone a dog whistle to Anderson who is black and Donaldson is white player. Donaldson said that he was joking around in the past with Anderson about the Robinson reference when Anderson said he feels like today’s Jackie Robinson.

#3 Amaury, Sunday the St Louis Cardinals pitcher Yadier Molina who pitched in relief giving up two home runs and four runs after the Cardinals swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games at PNC Park. The Cardinals have placed Molina on the bereavement list the reason for the bereavement was not disclosed.

#4 The San Francisco Giants are coming off losing a three game sweep against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. The Giants also lost first baseman Brandon Belt to the 10 day IL for an inflamed right knee. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said the team is still in good shape.

#5 The Oakland A’s have lost seven of their last ten games and have lost two of three to the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend including Sunday’s 4-1 loss. A’s pitcher Cole Irvin lost the contest and the A’s are not getting any run support.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: Trout is just simply underrated; Irvin goes to the hill for A’s today

The Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin will start against the Los Angeles Angels Sun May 22, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim. Here is Irvin pitching against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica on Mon May 9, 2022. (AP file photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout hit a big milestone against the Oakland A’s on Saturday scoring his career 1,000th run in the last of the sixth inning in the Angels 5-3 win.

#2 The Angels were on a skid before Saturday’s game losing 4 straight including a loss to the A’s on Friday night. The A’s came away with a 4-2 win against the Angels.

#3 Back to Saturday’s game the A’s again simply didn’t get the hitting in the first seven innings as Angel starter Michael Lorenzen shut them out for six innings.

#4 The A’s finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth when Sheldon Neuse hit for an RBI single and later scored on Jed Lowrie’s leftfield double.

#5 Today’s starters at the Big A for the A’s left hander Cole Irvin (2-1, 2.93) and for the Angels Partrick Sandoval (2-1, 1.91) a 1:07 pm PDT first pitch.

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

A’s come up short losing to Angels 5-3

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout makes it home for his 1,000th career run without a throw to the plate as Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy, left is empty handed, on an infield hit by the Angels Luis Rengifo on Sat May 21, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim (AP News photo)

A’s Come Up Short Losing To Angels 5-3

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the Oakland A’s (17-25) took on the Los Angeles Angels (25-17) in game two of their series dropping the contest 5-3 at the Big A in Anaheim. Friday night the A’s won the first game 4-2 and were hoping to add game two to their win column.

The game remained scoreless through the first four frames. There was some bad news for Oakland when pitcher Frankie Montas who suffered a hand injury. He was forced to leave the game in the bottom of the second inning when he was clipped in the right hand while fielding a line drive hit off the bat of Luis Rengifo.

He did practice a few pitches but just could not continue. Domingo Acevedo took over on the mound. The A’s had to lean on their bullpen for the rest of the game.

The Angels really turned it up in the fifth inning. Rengifo hit a solo homer for the first score in this game 1-0. Once this team got going their was no stopping them. They would score in the sixth and seventh innings.

Shohei Otani and Mike Trout both crossed the plate in the sixth frame extending their lead to 3-0. Trout scored his 1,000 career run a huge milestone in his career. Andrew Velazquez hit a home run in the seventh inning driving Tyler Wade home and the Angels had a significant 5-0 lead going into the eighth inning.

Oakland made a lot of noise in the eighth frame. Sheldon Neuse hit a single driving Kevin Smith home. Next at bat Jed Lowrie hit a double and Neuse scored.

Lowrie would score on an Oliver Ortega wild pitch so the top of the eighth was a good one for Oakland scoring three runs. They would have the ninth inning to try to put some more runs up on the board.

The Angels would put the A’s away in the ninth inning. The final was 5-3 in favor of the Halo’s.

It was a tough one for Oakland but waiting until the eighth inning to start putting runs up on the board, especially with the Angels leading 5-0, was a difficult task for the A’s. It was a game of missed opportunity for Oakland.

Oakland pitcher Lou Trivino had a very tough outing giving up several hits and walking in a run. He couldn’t get anything going in this game.

The rubber game will feature the return of the A’s Cole Irvin (2-1, 2.93) vs. the Angels Patrick Sandoval (2-1, 1.91) who will be on the mound for the Angels. First pitch is scheduled at the Big A for 1:07.

A’s take first game of Angels series 4-2; Angels drop fourth game in a row

Oakland A’s hitter Seth Brown goes deep for two run fifth inning home run in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Chad Wallach and plate umpire Larry Vanover during Fri May 20, 2022 game at the Big A in Anaheim (AP News photo)

A’s Take First Game of Angels Series 4-2

By Barbara Mason

After dropping two of a three game series against the Angels (24-17) a week ago the Oakland A’s (17-24) took another crack at the Halo’s in a three game series at Angel stadium.

The A’s scored early in the first inning leading 1-0 when Jed Lowrie homered to right. The A’s would load the bases in the opening inning but fail to score another run. The Angels would answer when Anthony Rendon singled bringing Shohei Otani home to tie up the game 1-1. The A’s had walked Otani who would go on to steal second base.

The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Mike Trout doubled driving in Taylor Ward.

In the fifth inning, the A’s took a two run lead 4-2. Seth Brown would hit a home run, the second for the A’s in the game, and Lowrie scored. Kevin Smith hit a sacrifice bringing Luis Barrera home for a very productive fifth inning.

Neither team would score in the game again and Oakland took the first game of the series 4-2.

In the seventh inning A’s pitching would strike out Otani and Mike Trout. Oakland had two more strike outs in the eighth inning and would be looking to close out this game in the ninth

A’s pitchers got the job done in this game. Starting pitcher Paul Blackburn went 4 2/3 innings. Relief pitching had 4 1/3 no hit innings.

First pitch for game two of this series is schedule for 6:07 pm PDT tomorrow. Frankie Montas (2-4 ERA 3.67) will take the mound for Oakland and for the Angels Michael Lorenzen (4-2 ERA 3.57) will get the nod.


Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: A’s hope to turn the tables on Angels this Friday at the Big A

Oakland A’s Luis Barrea makes the catch and the slide for an out on the Minnesota Twins Max Kelper at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue May 17, 2022. Barrea and the A’s battle the Los Angeles Angels Fri May 20, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim for a three game series (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Oakland A’s who lost three out of four to the Los Angeles Angels the last time the two teams met last week. The A’s open a three series Friday at the Big A in Anaheim. During that last meeting Angels star Shohei Ohtani slugged two home runs.

#2 Things have changed in 2022. The A’s are in a rebuild mode. The A’s have revamped their lineup. Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Mark Canha, Sean Manaea, Chris Bassitt, Yusmeiro Petit, Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, and Yan Gomes are no longer with the club.

#3 The A’s team batting average is one point below the Mendoza line. The team payroll is about 48 Million dollars, the second-lowest in Major League Baseball.

#4 Shohei Ohtani won the MVP last year. Ohtani is a player that should be on every fan’s must-see list. Ohtani is hitting. 253 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.

#5 For the opening game of the series the Angels will be sending starter Paul Blackburn to the hill (4-0, 1.67) and for the Angels Chase Silseth (1-0, 0.00) a 6:38 pm PDT first pitch.

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