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.

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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

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Former Angel pitcher Harvey suspended for 60 days after admitting taking pills with Skaggs; Tiger and McIlroy regret Mickelson out for Championship; plus more

Los Angeles Angels Matt Harvey shown pitching against the Houston Astros on Jul 18, 2019 at the Big A in Anaheim the same year he was to have taken oxycodone pills with the late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs (AP file photo)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Former New York Met and Los Angeles Angel and current Baltimore Oriole pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended 60 days stemming from his taking oxycodone pills with former and late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

#2 Skaggs died from  asphyxiating on his own vomit and had oxycodone and cocaine in his system. Eric Kay the Angels former Communications director was convicted for distributing the drugs as five former Angels players testified. Kay is looking at 20 years in jail.

#3 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods said it was “unfortunate” and “sad” that Phil Mickelson is not attending the 2022 PGA Championship. Mickelson is taking some time away from golf. Mickelson said that he was going to join the Saudi Super Golf League and had said even with the knowledge that the Saudi King was alleged to have ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Mickelson said he would still be interested in joining the Saudi Super League and got a lot of criticism for that decision and has been quite since.

#4 Jessica, the NBA is working with the WNBA on Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner’s release from a Russian prison. Griner had been imprisoned since February and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert are working side by side. Silver said that he’s been working with the White House, State Department, and hostage negotiators for Griner’s release. The Russian Government has offered to release Griner for the Merchant of Death Viktor Bout.

#5 Jessica, the Boston Celtics played last night against the Miami Heat in game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in Miami. The Celtics were without Al Horford health and safety issues and Marcus Smart is out with a foot injury both are day to day and could return Thursday night.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports podcasts every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Twins rout A’s 14-4 win three-game series two games to one at Coliseum

The expression on the Chevron car on the Oakland Coliseum padded outfield wall kind of says it all about Wed May 18, 2022 game as Oakland A’s leftfielder Chad Pinder (10) can’t get a glove on the Minnesota Twins Luis Arraez’ double in the fourth inning. (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Minnesota Twins (22-16) pummeled the Oakland A’s (16-24) to take two out of three from the A’s. Oakland’s starter Daulton Jefferies (1-7 ERA 5.72) gave up six runs in four innings of work.

A’s pitchers issued ten walks. The Twins strolled to an easy 14-4 win over Oakland. There were 26 hits in the game, and not one left the park.

The Twins got off to a hot start in the finale of the three-game set with the A’s. With one out, Twins’ first baseman Luis Arreaz single. Fresh off the 10-day IL, the next hitter Carlos Correa singled, sending Arreaz to third.

Jefferies struck out Jorge Polanco for the second out. Jefferies walked Max Kepler to load the bases. Jefferies now had the task of pitching to the power-hitting DH, Gary Sanchez. Sanchez worked the count 3-2.

With the runners going on the pitch, Sanchez blooped a broken-bat single onto a short leftfield to drive in Kepler with the Twins’ third run. The A’s, facing their former teammate Sonny Gray put one on the board in the bottom of the first.

With two out, Ramon Laureano doubled. First baseman Seth Brown singled to drive in Laureano with the A’s first run. The Twins led 3-1 after one inning of play.

The Twins added to their lead in the top of the third. With one out, Jefferies walked Jorge Polanco. Jefferies retired Kepler for the second out. The next hitter, Gary Sanchez, blasted a double to deep right-center-field to drive in Polanco.

The Twins lead 4-1 midway through the third. The A’s rallied in their half of the third to make it a 4-2 game. With two out, Seth Brown ripped a ball down the right-field line that went for a triple. The next batter, A’s catcher Christian Bethancourt, singled to drive in Brown.

The Twins continued to make life miserable for Jefferies. With two out in the top of the fourth, Jefferies walked Byron Buxton. Luis Arreaz, a left-handed-hitter, blasted a ball that went over A’s left fielder Chad Pinder’s head for a double to drive in Buxton with the Twins’ fifth run.

The onslaught didn’t end. Twins’ shortstop Carlos Correa doubled to drive in Arreaz. The score is now 6-2. A’s manager Mark Kotsay sent the word to the bullpen to get someone to get ready to relieve Jefferies.

A’s reliever Justin Grimm pitched a scoreless fifth. It wasn’t easy as the Twins had the bases loaded with one out. The A’s nailed the runner at home for the second out. Grimm got the final out 1-2 to end the inning.

The Twins broke the game open when they sent nine to the plate in the top of the sixth. Lefty Kirby Snead was on the hill for Oakland. Snead contributed to his downfall by walking the first two batters he faced. Snead gave up three hits and three walks that allowed the Twins to score five times. The Twinkies lead 11-2 midway through six.

Oakland added a run in the bottom of the seventh. Two singles and a player hit by a pitch loaded the bases with no out. Tony Kemp’s sacrifice fly to left drove in the A’s third run. The Twins are in the driver’s seat 11-3 after seven.

With two out in the eighth, Chad Pinder doubled off the wall in right field. Luis Barrera, playing right-field for the A’s, singled for the third time to drive in Ponder. The A’s trail 11-4.

Chad Pinder is on the mound to pitch the ninth for Oakland. It did not go well for Pinder and the A’s. Pinder walked three and gave up a single and double, and the Twins plated three more runs to own a 14-4 advantage as the A’s are batting for the last time. The A’s failed to score in the ninth. The Twins win 14-4.

Game Notes- The A’s fall to 16-24 for the year. The A’s have played about 25% of the season. If the A’s continue on this pace, they will win about 65 or 66 games this year. The Twins are now 22-16 and are first in the AL Central Division. The A’s reside in the AL West cellar.

Daulton Jefferies was the losing pitcher. His record is now 1-7. Former A’s pitcher Gray picked up the win. He is now 1-1.

The A’s line was four runs, 12 hits, and one error. The hitting star for Oakland was Luis Barrera with three hits. Seth Brown had a single and a triple. Kevin Smith added two hits.

The Twins line was 14 runs, 14 hits, and one error. They benefited from ten walks issued by the A’s. Eight of those who walked scored.

The A’s are off on Thursday. They meet the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim for three games this weekend. For Friday night’s tilt, Righty Paul Blackburn (4-0, ERA 1.67) will go for Oakland. The Angels’ Chase Silseth will oppose him. Silseth is 1-0, with a 0.00 ERA. First pitch at 6:38 pm PT.

The time of the game was 3:25. 7,106 fans watched the A’s get trounced at the Coliseum.

Angels Silseth and bullpen 2 hit shutout A’s 2-0 to open four game series at Coliseum

Los Angeles Angels’ Chase Silseth deals against the Oakland Athletics during the bottom of the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri May 13, 2022 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles (AL)). 2. 6. 0

Oakland. 0. 2 0

Friday May 13, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–My childhood friend the late Joseph Nigota used to live across the street from Madison Square Garden. Each year he eagerly awaited the day when the circus train would arrive in the Hudson Yards and make the circus parade past his home while he watched it through the apartment windows.

Today the circus came to Oakland, featuring Shoehei Ohtani and his accompanying trapeze artists, the High Flying Los Angeles Angels, at game time record well above .500 at 21-12, just a half a game behind the Yankees for first place in the AL West.

The boys and girls of the press peered through the windows of their apartment while a scattering of paying customers, announced as numbering 13,992, which qualifies as a crowd these days at the Coliseum watched from the stands as the A’s fell to the Angels 2-0.

Shohei Ohtani did not pitch for the visitors this evening, instead batting third as the designated hitter. He went 0-4 with a strikeout. Pitching duties for the Halos fell to Chase Silseth, making his major league debut. Indeed, last year’s 11th round draft pick hadn’t even thrown a ball at the AAA level.

He made three appearances for the Rocket City Pandas in ’21 and had gone 2-0 ERA 1.69 for the same team in the AA Southern League this year when he was called to the show this morning. He would get the win after an outstanding six innings of masterful hurling.

Oakland’s starter was a more known quality and quantity. Although he, too, technically is a rookie, Daulton Jefferies went 1-0 ERA 3.60 in five appearances for the green and gold in 2021 and 1-5 ERA 5.22 for them last season.

He held Philadelphia scoreless on two hits and two walks in his five inning stint against the Phillies back on April 10 but between then and his first pitch of Friday evening he had 0-5 record in the bigs. He took the loss. For this year Jefferies drops his record to 1-6 ERA 4.84.

The recently reinstated Ramón Laurano saved Jefferies’ bacon twice in the top of the third. Playing in right field, he made an exciting diving catch of Chad Wallach’s sinking liner to right center that opened the inning. Next, his rifle-armed throw to second on Tyler Wade’s hard single to right held the Angels’ second sacker to a single.

Jefferies struck out Andrew Velásquez on an 87.9 mph change up and then yielded an infield single to Taylor Ward but wiggled out of the threat by getting the dangerous Mike Trout to ground out to Elvis Andrus at short.

Andrus giveth and Andrus taketh away. His lead off single to center in the third was Oakland´s first hit. He reached second on Pache sacrifice to third and then made the mistake of trying to advance on Lowrie’s fly to left.

Brandon Marsh’s accurate throw cut him down easily to end the inning. Sheldon Neuse, the only Athletic with a respectable batting average (unless you count Pinder’s .253) was on deck.

The Angels didn’t give away their chance to score in the top of the fourth. Anthony Rendón smacked a one out double to left that left his bat at 107 mph. An out later, he scampered home Marsh´s single up the middle to center.

The team from SoCal doubled its lead in their half of the fifth. Number nine hitter Andrew Velásquez hit his first roundtripper of the season, a 372 foot blast to right that earned him his fifth RBI and made the score 2-0 in favor of the Angels. Mike Trout made the third out of the frame, striking out swinging. One never knows, do one?

Kirby Snead relieved Jefferies after six innings of play, in which the A’s starter allowed two runs, both earned, five hits, one of them a four bagger, and no walks while striking out four. He threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes. A credible performance and an encouraging one.

Silseth also was removed after six innings of work. The 19 year old’s line was exceptional. He shut the Athletics out on just one hit and two walks. He K’d five A’s and threw 81 pitches, 52 of them considered strikes.

Aaron Loup replaced him on the mound, throwing a perfect seventh, followed by Ryan Teper for Oakland’s penultimate turn at bat. He allowed the A’s second hit, a single by Andrus, who was the only Athletic to hit safely all night.

Snead retired the Angels in order in his assigned frame, yielding to Lou Trivino in the eighth, who looked sharp as he set the Halos down 1-2-3 in his inning of work. Sam Moll took over for him. in the top of the final frame and allowed nothing more harmful than a single to Rendón.

Raisel Iglesias came in in the ninth to get the save, his eighth in eight opportunities. He did, putting Oakland down in order.

The teams will play a day-night doubleheader for Saturday. Games scheduled to start at 1:07 and 6:40. We can expect to see the Angels Jhonathan Díaz (1-0 ERA 0.00) against the A’s Paul Blackburn (4-0 ERA1.74) in the front game and in the night cap the Angels will start Patrick Sandoval (1-1 ERA 2.03) going against the A’s Frankie Montás (2-3 ERA 3.77).

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

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

A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

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

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

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

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

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

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