Rendon picks up three hits and drives in five runs in Angels win 8-1

Los Angeles Angels slugger Anthony Rendon gets a two RBI single in the top of the third inning off the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tue Jun 1, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

Alex Wood probably wishes that today was Groundhog Day, and it can start all over again; therefore, his start can be erased.

Unfortunately, it will not be erased from the record books, as Wood lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits, walking four and striking out two, as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-1 at Oracle Park, ending the Giants four-game winning streak.

Wood threw a wild pitch in the top of the third inning that Andrew Heaney to score from third base with the first of three runs scored by the Angels in the inning.

Heaney singled with one out in the inning, and then advanced to second on a Fletcher walk and to third when Upton walk to load the bases, just prior to the Wood wild pitch that scored Heaney.

Anthony Rendon came up the big hit in the inning, as he singled off of Wood to score David Fletcher and Justin Upton.

The Angels blew the game wide open in the top of the fourth inning, as Taylor Ward was hit by a pitch and then scored on a Max Stassi double. After Heaney walked to put runners on first and second.

After Fletcher grounded out for the second out of the inning, then Upton walked for the second time in as many at-bats and that was end of the line for Wood on the evening, as Matt Wisler replaced Wood.

Kean Wong was called on to pinch hit for Phil Gosselin, was immediately walked by Wisler to score Stassi.

After the walk to Wong, Rendon came up with his second big hit in as many at-bats, as he doubled to left field that broke the game wide open, as Fletcher, Upton and Wong all scored to give the Angels an 8-0 lead after they scored five runs in the inning.

Rendon ended the night by going 3-for-5 with five runs batted in, as the Angels were able to go 3-3 on their six-game thru the Bay Area.

The Angels split with the Oakland As over the weekend, as they came back to win the final two games of the series after the As won the first games in the series

Heaney was solid, as he went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking one and striking out seven on his way to seeing his record improve to 3-3 on the season.

The left-hander out of Oklahoma State picked up his first major league hit since July 14, 2018, when he singled in the top of the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and the pitcher who allowed the infield hit was none other than Wood, as the ball was deflected by Wood and Kole Calhoun went to third base on the play.

The Giants finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Steven Duggar, Wilmer Flores and Donovan Solano each singled before Heaney was able to retire a batter and Duggar scored from second base.

After Brandon Crawford struck out for the first out of the inning, Heaney was replaced by Steve Cishek, who stopped the rally, as he was able to get Mauricio Dubon to ground into a force play and then ended the inning, as Mike Tauchman flew out to Jose Rojas.

Dominic Leone made his Giants debut in the top of the ninth inning, as he went one inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.

NOTES: Prior to tonight’s game, Leone (#52) was selected from Triple-A Sacramento…RHP Nick Tropeano was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento…C Curt Casali was placed on the 10-day injured list (retro to May 31) with a left wrist strain…C Chadwick Tromp (#14) was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento…RHP Sam Delaplane was recalled and placed on the 60-day injured list (recovering from Tommy John surgery).

Prior to the game, the Angels reinstated Stassi from the injured list and following last nights game, LHP José Quijada was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

UP NEXT: After the day off on Wednesday, the Giants open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

The Angels will head home to host a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

That’s Amaury’s Sports and Commentary podcast: Opponents have studied film on A’s and how to pitch to them

Seattle Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic, center gets a slide in to score a run after Kyle Lewis doubled for an RBI in the fourth inning at T Mobile Park in Seattle against the Oakland A’s on Mon May 31, 2021 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s podcast:

#1 The Oakland A’s (31-25) suffer another tough loss as they opened a three game series on Monday afternoon Memorial Day at T Mobile Park in Seattle and lost to the Seattle Mariners (28-27) by a run 6-5 in the tenth inning.

#2 The A’s were one of baseball’s hottest teams and had a 13 game win streak going earlier in the season but it seems a lot of their opponents have done a lot of studying and have cut the amount of wins by the A’s including how to pitch to the team who hit only .209 during the four game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels (24-30).

#3 In spite of the current three game losing streak the A’s still maintain first place by a half game over the Houston Astros (29-24) both the Astros and A’s have lost six of their last ten games.

#4 Amaury, talk about A’s pitching on Monday starter James Kaprielian allowed four earned runs and allowed five hits in the bottom of the third inning which proved to be the bulk of the Mariners scoring.

#5 Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt (5-2 ERA 3.21) in his last outing threw a complete game shutout and struck out nine hitters will get the start tonight against the Mariners Marco Gonzalez (1-3 ERA 5.40) Gonzalez is coming off the injured list for a strained forearm this is his first start since April 27th.

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

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Angels-Giants open two game series today at Oracle Park

LaMonte Wade arrives at first base after hitting a single against the Colorado Rockies in second inning as he talks things over with first base coach Antoan Richardson (00) on Apr 11, 2021. Wade had played first base on Fri May 28th in Los Angeles from his usual outfield position (file photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris talk a little about the addition of the San Francisco Giants LaMonte Wade who was put into the role of first baseman on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wade normally is a lead off hitter and plays outfield. Wade scored twice and had a hit and two walks to help the Giants in an extra inning 8-5 win.

#2 The Giants have three first baseman who were hurt in the Dodgers series in LA, Brandon Belt who out with a oblique strain, Darin Ruf out with a hamstring and Wilmer Flores just returned on Saturday night from a hamstring injury.

#3 Giants manager Gabe Kapler talking about the Ruf and Flores injuries saying that hamstrings are tricky and said the team doesn’t want to go to far out in advance. The Flores return Saturday was observed by Kapler and the training staff as Flores got through the game alright. Flores he had some good at bats during his return on Saturday three at bats, three hits, two runs scored, one RBI.

#4 The Giants Austin Slater and Mauricio Dubon took Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw deep which helped the Giants just get by the Dodgers 5-4 Sunday and take three out of four from LA in the series.

#5 It’s back to Oracle Park for a Memorial Day game as the Los Angeles Angels come to San Francisco to open up a two game interleague series with the Giants. Pitching match ups for the Angels and Giants have not been announced as of Monday morning yet. Morris set this series up for us.

Join Morris for the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open up three game series in Seattle tonight

The Oakland A’s Mark Canha (20) seen here after scoring on a double by Matt Olson against the Los Angeles Angels on Sat May 22, 2021. Canha has a career high of being hit by pitches 64 times most recently by Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani on Fri May 28, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The Oakland A’s just wrapped up their series against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday but all the talk in this series focused on pitcher Shohei Ohtani who pitch into the seventh innings against the A’s on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum in game 2 and when went up and inside on A’s batter Mark Canha which nearly started a bench clearing brawl. Disclaimer no punches were thrown.

#2 In Canha’s next at bat he was hit by Ohtani and Ohtani went down on the mound to show Canha no hard feelings and nothing intentional. Ohtani was not tossed out of the game and Canha peacefully took his base. The hit by was Canha’s 64th career.

#3 Kind of a unusual pomp and circumstance on Thursday night when Ohtani was suppose to pitch but arrived late to the ball park saying traffic was so bad on the Bay Bridge that he took BART which he said was late. After checking with BART there were no delays going to the Coliseum from the San Francisco on Thursday afternoon.

#4 The A’s after taking the first two games of the four game series faced Angels pitcher Alex Cobb in game 3 on Saturday. Cobb pitched seven innings of three hit shutout ball against the A’s before being lifted and the A’s who couldn’t Cobb out lost it 4-0. The A’s hit only .209 during the four game series.

#5 The A’s open a three game series in Seattle tonight at T Mobile Field a 1:10 pm Memorial Day first pitch. The last time the A’s and Mariners met back on May 24-26 the Mariners took the series two out of three. The A’s won the third game 6-3 on May 26th A’s pitcher James Kaprielian started and went seven innings and gave up two hits.

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

Halos Cobb does the job shuts out A’s 4-0 at Coliseum

Los Angeles Angels starter Alex Cobbs delivers a pitch against the Oakland A’s in the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum Sat May 29, 2021 in game three of the four game series (AP News photo)

Los Angeles (AL) 4- 9 – 0

Oakland 0 – 3 – 1

By Lewis Rubman

Sat May 29, 2021

OAKLAND– Two of the question marks about the A’s had about their rotation when they returned home from Anaheim on the 27th have been changed to exclamation points after Wednesday night’s masterly complete game shut out of the Angels by Chris Bassett and last night’s stellar 6-2/3 inning gutsy showing against them by Sean Manea. This afternoon we had a chance to see if Frankie Montás would continue this trend of improvement. He almost did.

The bullpen, however, remains unsettled. Perhaps because of the extra day´s rest Bassett´s route going performance gave them, the A’s relievers (at least the two of them who saw action last night) were sharp and effective over 2-1/3 innings.

Nonetheless, it’s a matter of concen that, while the Athletics’s relief corps converted 12 saves out of 13 opportunities and compiled an ERA of 2.32 in the team’s first 29 games in spite of the season opening six game losing streak, in the pen’s last 13 games, it has earned only two saves while blowing four.

During that time, its ERA has been a whopping 6.56 and opposing teams have ganged up on it for a BA of .285. This afternoon, the pen’s performance was excellent.

Oakland intends to activate Jesús Luzardo tomorrow. So, there does seem to be hope in the pitching department.

Ramón Laureano was missing from the starting line up for the second straight game, due to a pulled groin that has him day to day.

Although the Angel’s starter, Alex Cobb is new to the Halos this year, he has nine years of big league experience with Tampa Bay and Baltimore. The basic numbers for this season that he brought to the mound this afternoon, 2-2, 4.78, are pretty much in line with his totals for those nine previous years, 55-57, 3.88, taking into account the violentswings in ERAs that are prevalent this early in the season. He pitched brillantly today.

Slopppy play by the Oakland battery enabled the Angels to fly ahead in the top of the fifth. Rojas led off with a walk. He advanced to second on a wild pitch during Anthony Bemboon´s at bat. Bemboon singled to right, sending Rojas to third.

David Fletcher bunted towards first, making hard enough contact to enable Olson to charge down the line, field the ball cleanly, and flip it like a frisibee in time for Aramis García, who was waiting at home, to tag Rojas. Only he didn’t tag him.

The ball bounced off the catcher’s mitt, Rojas scored, and Bemboom reached second. The play was ruled a fielder’s choice with an error charged to García. After Justin Upton flew out to left for the second out, Ohtani, who had yet to get a hit in the series, came to the plate. Before he could do anything, Montás unleashed a wild pitch that scored Bemboon and allowed Fletcher to reach second.

Then Ohtani lined a single to left that drove in Fletcher. He proceeded to steal second on a pitchso far outside that García made a nice play merely to catch it. Rendon’s single to right drove in Ohtani with the Halos’ fourth unearned run of the frame. Things were beginning to look like a mirror image of Wednesday´s game between these two teams.

Montás was pitching a nice comeback inning in the sixth, having struck out Lagares and Rojas, when Kean Wong´s double off the right center field wall drove him out of the box. Cam Bedrosian replaced him for the next inning and a third.

Montás had thrown 98 pitches, 68 of them strikes. 10% of the remaining 30 were wild pitches. He’d gone 5-2/3 innings and allowed four runs, none of which was earned, on six hits. He walked only one batter, but that was offset by his three wild pitches. He notched seven Ks.

Deolis Guerra took over for Montás to start the eighth and stayed on for an inning and a third, leaving in the top of the ninth with a runner on first after having struck out two Angels and yielded a walk and a hit but no runs. That was because Sergio Romo stranded Fletcher, who had gotten the hit, at first, striking out Upton and getting Ohtani to foul out to third. Ohtani, by the way, went 2 for 5 for the day.

Cobb had pitched a terrific game for Los Angeles before being lifted after seven innings, replaced by southpaw Tony Watson. The veteran starter had shut the Athletics out on three hits and wo walks. He struck out eight. He did this on 101 pitches, 58 strikes. For the ninth, Raisel Iglesias took over for Watson, who had retired the A’s in order in his one inning of work, and did the same in his.

The series and the homestand will end tomrrow. The Athletics plan to pitch Cole Irvin (3-6, 3.92) against José Quintana (0-3, 7.92), both of them southpaws.

A’s reach out and touch up Ohtani for runs in the 6th and 7th for 3-1 win

Los Angeles (AL) 1 – 6 – 1

Oakland         3 – 5-  1

By Lewis Rubman

Fri May 28, 2021

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon (right) goes out to relieve pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) in the seventh inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri May 28, 2021

OAKLAND–In Spanish, Major League Baseball is called la gran carpa, The Big Top. And Shohei Ohtani is a three ring circus; he can hit, pitch, and field with the best of them. He  was scheduled to pitch for the Angels when they opened a four game series against the A’s Thursday night at the Coliseum, but San Francisco’s rush hour traffic delayed his arrival long enough to prevent him from completing his preparation for his mound duties.

Instead, he batted second as the Angel’s DH and went 0 for three, postponing his season’s mound debut against the A’s until Friday night. He brought a 1-0, 3.69 record with him. Neither his batting average of .266 nor his 1-0, 3.69 pitching record is, at first glance,  impressive numbers, but that changes on closer examination.

As a batter, Ohtani had an OPS of .944 with 15 home runs in 177 bats before the day began. That’s a homer for every 11.8 ABs.  only three earned runs in his last 20-2/3 innings.

In spite of his respectable but not outstanding ERA, all of the runs scored against him came in five of the 32 innings he’d pitched. Ohtani has great movement on the ball until the A’s reached him for a run in the sixth inning and was relieved by Steven Cishek in the 3-1 Oakland victory.

He features a  four seamer, a slider, and a split finger fast ball, in that order of frequency, and he mixes them effectively. Going into tonight’s game, hitters were batting .049 in 42 at bats against his splitter this year, a figure that is consistent with his lifetime performance in MLB of .050 in an even hundred ABs. His fastest pitch so far this season was 101.1 mph.

The numbers for Oakland’s  starter, Sean Manaea,  3-2, 4.17, aren’t particularly prepossessing. He started the season poorly, getting knocked about by Houston in his first start, when he needed 101 pitches to get through 4-2/3 innings in which he gave up five runs on six hits and a walk.

His next four starts, in which he went 3-0, 1.50, including a seven inning complete game shutout at the Coliseum, were more successful.  He finished April at 3-1, 2.83.

But this month  has proved a disaster for him.  In his five May starts before today, he received the decision only once, an 8-1 loss at Fenway in which he lasted a mere two innings.

His earned run average so far this month was 5.68. Any mention of Manaea and the Red Sox has to include the no hitter he pitched against them on April 21, 2018 in the Coliseum.

For a moment it looked as if the Angels would draw first blood in the top of the third, when with no out and David Fletcher on first with a walk, Justin Upton, who had opened the game with a ground out to short, sent a seeing eye low drive in the hole between Andrus and Chapman, putting men on first and second and the numbers two, three, and four batters coming to the plate.  Manaea  got the powerful Jared Walsh to go down swinging at round house curves.

Then Anthony Rendon sent a hard liner to right center that Mark Canha, filling in for Ramon Laureano, tracked down and captured for the second out. That brought up clean up hitter Juan Legares. He hit a hard grounder Jed Lowrie, made a wonderful back hand stab to catch and a crisp throw to first to end the inning.

Things began to heat up in a less pleasant way when Ohtani nearly beaned Canha with a 94 mph fast ball, which caused both dugouts to empty. But things quieted down, and Canha struck out into a double play, ex-Athletic cathcer Kurt Suzuki threw to shortstop José Rojas to get the second out.

The exciting fielding continued with an inning ending running catch by Taylor Ward of Tony Kemp´s liner to right field to end the inning. Seth Brown topped that by making a diving grab of  Phil Gooselin’s dying quail just inside the right field foul line that opened the Los Angeles fourth, an inning in which Manaea retired the Angels in order.

 The Angels increased the pressure on Manaea in the top of the fifth. Suzuki led off with a slicing double to left. David Fletcher bunted him over to third. Manaea walked Upton and once more had to deal with Walsh in a dangerous situation. This time, he got the slugger to ground into a double play, Andrus to Olson, on a 93 mph sinker.

All the while, Ohtani was breezing through the Oakland line up, yielding only a pair of base on balls and and then Andrus’s single in the third before Andrus got his second single, to center, like first. This time, Canha was almost hit by a pitch.

Ohtani plunked him with a four seamer that travelled 92 mph. Kemp lay down a beautiful bunt that Ohtani fielded, considered throwing third but decided to get the sure out at first, and the A’s had runners on second and third with one down.

Olson sent a fly to deep left field, a very different sort of sacrifice than Kemp’s bunt in front of home but equally effective in moving up both runners. One of those was, of course, Canha, who scored the first run of the game for either team. Ohtani’s strike out of Seth Brown seemed anti-climactic.

Oakland’s lead was short lived. A one out Texas League single to left center by Rojas, a sacrifice by Suzuki, and Fletcher´s single to left, and the game was tied at one, ending Manaea’s  tenure on the mound.  Yusmeiro Petit came in to face the top of the Angels’ order. He did it successfully by wiffing Upton, staying on to throw a 1-2-3 top of the eighth.

Manaea left the game with 6-2/3 innings under his belt. He gave up six hits but only one run, which was earned. He walked three and struck out eight. 61 of his 94 pitches were strikes. After ths gutsy performance, Manaea’s ERA dropped to 3.86, but he had to settle for a no decision.

Ohtani weakened in the seventh. He issued two straight walks, to Lowrie and Moreland, to open the frame. Chapman’s single to left would have loaded the bases with no outs, but Upton fumbled it, and his error allowed Lowrie to score the run that put Oakland ahead, 2-1.

That was all for Ohtani. Steve Cishek, who relieved him, surrendered a single to left center to Murphy, which plated Moreland and put Chapman on third. Cishek also induced an inning ending around the horn  double play. His work done, he yielded to reliever Mike Mayers after the inning was over.

It was Lou Trivino who was given the task of closing out the game out for the green and gold. 

For sixth innings, Ohtani had pitched a beautiful game. He left it with a line of three runs, all earned but two of them scored after he was gone, allowed on three hits and four walks and a hit batter. 54 of his 93 offerings were strikes. For all that, he took the loss.

It was Lou Trivino who was given the task of closing out the game for the green and gold.

He set LA down in order to get his seventh save. The win went to Petit, his seventh of the year.             

Before the game, the  A’s announced that that they had placed left handed reliever Reymin Guduan on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 26 with a strained right groin and that they had replaced him on the roster with the righty relief pitcher Jordan Weems.

They also made another move, one that could be more significant, by taking  A.J. Puk off the injured list and optioning  him to AAA Las Vegas, one short step away from the big club, who’ll probably use him, at least the first step, from the bull pen.

The schedule for the remaining games in the current A’s home stand is:

Saturday, May 29, Oakland Frankie Montás (5-4, 4.92) will face Los Angeles Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.78) at 1:07.

Sunday, May 30, it will be Oakland Cole Irvin (3-6, 3.92) against Los Angeles José Quintana (0-4, 7.92), also at 1:07) 

Monday, May 31, Oakland James Kaprielian vs. Los Angeles TBA at 1:10.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Manaea looking for win #4 starts against Angels at Oakland Coliseum tonight

Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea throws against the Tampa Bay Rays line up in the fifth inning on Fri May 7, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum. Manaea will start tonight against the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum in game 2 of the four game series (AP News file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 It’s not often you get to see a pitcher go the distance but the Oakland A’s (30-22) starter Chris Bassitt went wire to wire on Thursday night to throw a two hit 5-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Angels (22-28) at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 Jeremiah, Bassitt had all his pitches working for him and you have to in order to get a shutout

#3 Bassitt also struck out nine batters and walked only one batter and that right there tells you he kept the Angels off balance at the plate.

#4 It was a 0-0 game for most of the way until the last of the sixth inning when the A’s scored five runs all the runs they needed to win the ball game.

#5 Taking a look at the starters for tonight’s game at the Coliseum for the Angels Shohei Ohtani (1-0 ERA 2.37) and for the A’s Sean Manaea (3-2 ERA 4.17) talk about this match up.

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

A’s Bassitt goes the distance to shutout Angels 5-0

The Oakland A’s starting pitcher Chris Bassitt throws to the Los Angeles Angels line up in the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu May 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles (AL) 0 – 2 – 1

Oakland 5 – 10 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Thu May 27, 2021

OAKLAND–This afternoon, the A’s announced the return from the Injured List of Mitch Moreland and the concomitant return to Las Vegas of Luis Barrera, who had a demi tasse of espresso with the club while Moreland was recuperating. Moreland’s BA in the 31 games he played before his injury.

More significant was his five game hitting streak, in which he went 6 for 18. was .237 with four home runs and 15 RBI. Moreland had hit safely in each of his last five contests (6-for-18, .333). His return gives Oakland a powerful left handed designated hitter and an experienced back up first baseman for Matt Olson, allowing the team to take greater advantage of the Chad Pinder, Mark Canha, and Jed Lowrie’s versatility.

The front office also announced the opening of the Coliseum to full capacity and the end of the ban on out of state customers, starting June 29. You can get tickets and information at athletics.com/tickets. Tickets also will be on sale game days at the Coliseum Box Office on game days.

Both of those announcements were good news. They also were expected. What was not expected was that Shoei Ohtani, who had been scheduled to be tonight’s starting pitcher for Los Angeles would arrive at the ball park too late to perform his warm up routine.

As a result, he was scratched as starting pitcher. This was not just disappointing; it also was somewhat ironic because tonight was Asian American Pacific Islanders Night. Instead of pitching, Ohtani became the Angels’ designated hitter, going 0 for 3. Southpaw Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 4.96) got the nod as the visitors’ emergency starter.

The Oakland A’s got a complete game out of starter Chris Bassitt for a 5-0 shutout over the Los Angeles Angels. Neither Sandoval nor Chris Bassitt (4-2, 3.69), who took to the mound for the A’s, is as glamorous Ohtani. Sandoval gave an excellent account of himself, throwing five innings of shutout ball, in which he allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. He threw 84 pitches, 50 for strikes, before being replaced by Aaron Slegers at the start of the Oakland sixth.

Bassett is a good, solid hurler. He got off to a slow start this season, but in his last eight starts before toeing the rubber tonight he went 4-0, with a respectable ERA of 3.26 and an opponents’ BA of .213. In half of the four no decisions of that eight game skein, he left with a lead that the Oakland bull pen couldn’t hold.

The first two and a half innings passed uneventfully, with the rivals trading zeroes. After three, they still were exchanging goose eggs, but the A’s had mounted a serious threat, loading the bases with one out on a pair of singles to right by Stephen Piscotty and Canha. But Laureano hit into an around the horn double play to squelch the incipient breakthrough.

Sandoval’s departure after five frames opened the flood gates for Oakland. After Sleger’s strike out of Laureano, Olson doubled into the left field corner. Lowrie walked. Chapman hit a grounder to deep short that Fletcher fielded and threw to third, hoping to get the force on Olson. But the threw the ball away, allowing Olson to score and Chapman to reach second on the throwing error. Murphy’s single to center drove in Lowrie and Chapman.

That was it for Slegger. Seth Brown hit for Piscotty just before Slegger was removed, replaced by Alex Claudio, who walked Brown, advancing Murphy to second. Canha loaded the bases with a single to right, the two runners moving up a base a piece.

That ended the short, unhappy stint of Slegger. Junior Guerra came in, and Tony Kemp pinch hit for Pinder. Kemp’s sacrifice fly to center brought in Brown with the A’s fifth run, all of them earned, four charged against Slegers, who would be the losing pitcher, and one to Claudio’s account. Junior Guerra finished off the inning by getting Laureano whose strike out had led it off. That was the only frame in which either team score. Guerra held the Athletics scoreless and hitlesss. the rest of the way.

Bassett got the win, and it was a beauty. It was hit first career complete game and, after an infield single to Juan Lagares ln the second frame, he didn’t allow any hits until Justin Upton doubled with one down in the ninth. The only other batter he allowed to reach base safely was his would have been mound antagonist, Ohtani, who walked in the fourth. Bassett threw 114 pitches, 70 for strikes.

Tomorrow — or, if you’re reading this after midnight, Friday, May 28 — the A’s will entrust their fortunes to southpaw Sean Manaea (3-2, 4.17) against in a game scheduled to start at 6:40. It’s probable his opposing number will be Ohtani (1-0, 2.37), but you never can tell …

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s open up four game series against Ohtani and Angels tonight

The Los Angeles Angels starter Shohei Ohtani shown here throwing against Cleveland on Wed May 19, 2021 will start tonight against the Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The performance of Oakland A’s (29-22) starter James Kaprielian going seven innings of shutout ball against the Seattle Mariners (23-27) in a 6-3 win for the A’s.

#2 Kaprielian over the seven innings he pitched gave up only two hits and had all his pitches working for him.

#3 The Seattle Mariners as a team have been struggling at the plate and have been no hit twice this season thus far.

#4 Jerry, talk about the A’s next opponent the Los Angeles Angels (22-27) are coming to the Coliseum on Thursday night for four games. For a team that is five games below .500 and have struggled you can never count the Angels out.

#5 The Angels for game one of the series will start their ace Shohei Ohtani (1-0 ERA 2.37) who fast ball was clocked five MPH less than normal against Cleveland but held Cleveland to two runs over 4.2 innings. Ohtani will be matched up against the Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt (4-2 ERA 3.69)

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open three game series against Seattle tonight

The Los Angeles Angels share congratulations after their come back win against the Oakland A’s at Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Sun May 24, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Oakland A’s (28-20) opened up their final game with the Los Angeles Angels (20-27) the A’s Matt Olson and Seth Brown both hit home runs scoring three runs in the top of the second and a run in the third to grab an early 4-0 lead.

#2 Down 4-2 the Angels came back scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh Shohei Otani hit a sac fly to right to score Upton to tie the game. Iglesias got a base hit to score Rojas to take the lead 5-4 for the Angels.

#3 The A’s were able to tie the game for a last chance at the brass ring in the top of the eighth making as Sean Murphy got on on an infield single that scored Olson on a throwing error 5-5

#4 The Angels got a go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth when Upton hit a sac fly to left as Ward tagged up and scored which turned out to be the game winner for a 6-5 win.

#5 It’s back to the Oakland Coliseum as the Seattle Mariners will pay a visit and start pitcher Yusei Kikuchi (1-3 ERA 4.32) and the A’s will go with Frankie Montas (5-3 ERA 4.79) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

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