That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Who is buying the Los Angeles Angels?

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is exploring the possibility of buying the Los Angeles Angels. (USA Today News photo)

Who is buying the Los Angeles Angels?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Arturo (Arte) Moreno bought the LA Angels in 2003 for $184 million. It is now worth about $2 billion. Moreno’s is the first Hispanic-American ever to own an MLB franchise, and now they are for sale. Among the people looking to buy the Angels is Joe Lacob, owner of the Golden State Warriors, who has previously expressed interest in buying an MLB team.

Mr. Lacob once offered to buy the Oakland A’s and said he believes the team belongs in Oakland. According to an interview with John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lacob told Shea his offer to buy the A’s was for $180 million in 2005. How much are the A’s worth today? Most MLB teams are worth a minimum of $1 billion.

Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber could have some competition from other interested parties like LA Rams owner Stan Kroenke, LA Lakers part owner Dr.Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Japanese consortium, and even a minority group of LA Dodgers owners, maybe in the picture. Or somebody else could also be out there with a potential offer.

It makes all the sense for Moreno to sell (if the price is right) to the owners of the Golden State Warriors, the most successful sports franchise in the past 10 years in the NBA and in the Bay Area, bringing the Warriors to an elite level of teams in the NBA with multiple championships and a great fan base.

The Warriors always had a good fan base. I covered them when they first won an NBA Championship in Oakland 1974-75 under coach Al Attles and the ownership of the great Franklin Mieuli. In the 1990s during the Chris Mullin era under owner Jim Fitzgerald, and as their play-by-play (Español) for all their games, I remember all the excitement that they brought to Oakland and Bay Area fans.

Those were very exciting teams, and although they never won an NBA championship, their front office was very much involved with the community, The Oakland Arena was sold out most of the time during those years. David McGahey an innovator in Marketing and Broadcasting in the Bay Area for various media outfits, who passed in 2002, was a great VP of Broadcasting.

At that time the Warriors were one of the first NBA teams to broadcast all their games, home and away on the radio in Spanish language, only the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, and Chicago Bulls at the time had Spanish radio.

Arturo Moreno greatly improved his team since he bought them in 2003. One of his first moves was to sign Vladimir Guerrero (now in the Hall of Fame) and later other superstars like Mike Trout and Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani. Moreno bought the team from Disney one year after they won the World Series against the San Francisco Giants in 2002, but the Angels have not been able to win again.

Lots of frustrations for a team whose lineup seems to be always very formidable but their consistent lack of pitching has been their Achilles heel drowning their hopes for the big trophy in October. In baseball, many things change, like stadiums, salaries, and rules changes, and even Mr. Moreno changed his team’s name from Anaheim to Los Angeles, but there is one thing that has never changed “without pitching, you cannot win”.

It’s too bad Arturo Moreno’s LA Angels could not win a World Series. Now, sooner or rather, the new owner(s) will be taking over the franchise in Orange County. In any sport winning is the key. Like the great NY Yankees owner, the ever-present George Steinbrenner used to say; “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing”.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary podcasts Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Vogt homers in last career at bat to give A’s 3-2 edge over Halos at Coliseum; Oakland sweeps LA in three games

Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt rounds third base after hitting a go ahead home run in his final career at bat in the bottom of the seventh at the Oakland Coliseum off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Zack Weiss on Wed Oct 5, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Los Angeles (73-09). 2. 6. 0

Oakland (60-102). 3. 4. 0

Wednesday, October 4, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-In a famous essay published in “Take Time for Paradise,” one time professor academic administrator, and, incidentally, MLB Commissioner , A. Bartlett Giamatti publicly confided that baseball “breaks your heart, it is designed to break your heart.

The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

The final alliteration gently calls attention to the puns on “fall,” the season of the year and the consequence of man’s first disobedience. You can hear the leaves fall, while the persistence of aural memory also suggests a slight, stuttering misreading of the phrase to give us “leaves you to face the fall all alone,” all of which makes the whole paragraph vibrate beyond all the fancy writing of its opening sentence.

Giamatti expresses a true sentiment, and does it beautifully. But it is a limited, parochial sentiment. Baseball’s reach extends beyond New England. where Giamatti was born, studied, taught, and eventually reigned over Yale University.

Try telling that to a baseball fan from the vast reservoir of baseball talent that is the Caribbean basin! The Caribbean Series ends in early to middle February, just days before pitchers and catchers report to the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

The climate of the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t as harsh as that of New Haven,CT, and enviorons. That’s one reason why the old PCL used to have seasons of more than 200 games. But we do have an autumn, and that does

contribute to the sadness we feel when the baseball season ends, successfully or, as happened to both our teams this year, in failure.

The the game, a squeaker that the A’s won 3-2 on an emotional filled home run by Stephen Vogt, ended a high note, and the sadness, at least for me, set in later.

It was a warm, sunny day in Oakland, but there still was a resigned sadness mixed in with the festive cheering among the 11,232 fans in the old ball park before Vogt’s electrifying homer.

The presence of Sohei Ohtani on the mound and at the plate added to the emotional complexity of the game. Even A’s fans wish him well and appreciate the added excitement he brings, especially when pitching, to the game. His performance today in that category was excellent.

Ohtani set down the first 13 batters he faced, not allowing a baserunner until he issued a 3-2 walk to Vogt with one down the the bottom of the fifth Chad Pinder followed that with Oakland’s first hit, a ringing double to left that moved Vogt to third. Ernie Clement ran for Pinder, but it was Vogt who scored the tie breaking run on a sac fly to center by Conner Capel.

That ended Ohtani tenure on the mound, but he stayed in the game as designated hitter. His pitching line was one run, earned, on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts over five innings. He threw 69 pitches, 46 for strikes. He was charged with a tough loss left him at 15-9, 2.33.

At the plate, Ohtani went went one for four and made the final out in the in the Halos’ last ditch attempt to tie the game in the eighth.

The numbers that Ken Waldichuk, Oakland’s starting pitcher, brought with him (1-2,6.28) were no match for Ohtani’s (15-8,3.55), but the young left hander more than proved himself up to the ocassion. He threw seven innings of three hit shutout ball, walking just one batter and hitting another. He struck out four Angels and threw 100 pitches, 62 of them for strikes.

Waldichuk earned his second win, evening his record at 2-2 while his ERA dipped to 4.93

Nash Walters was the new Halo hurler in the bottom of the sixth. He lasted the minimum allowable three batter, allowing a one out single to Tony Kemp and a walk to Sean Murphy.

Portsider Rob Zastryzny took over and retired Seth Brown and Jordán Díaz. The two runners advanced a base on a wild pitch to Díaz, but no one scored, and the A’s retained their 1-0 lead.

Zack Weiss replaced Zastryzny replaced Walters for the home seventh and faced Vogt, who pulled a Ted Williams on Weiss’s first pitch. It was the fan favorite’s last at bat, and he pulled a 94 fastball 369 feet into the right field seats.

Oakland tacked another run on to that with a one out single by Capel, who stole second before García struck out on a wild pitch that put runners on the corners. Capel then scored on Allen’s sac fly to right that put the home team ahead 3-0.

The Halos closed the gap to 3-2 after Norge Ruíz replaced Waldichuk in the seventh. Jo Adell opened with a triple to right center that originally was

scored as a double and a error, but the scorer checked the video and gave Adell the three base hit. Logan O’Hoppe smacked a pinch hit single to left to make it 3-2.After Rengifo grounded into a 6 unassited-3 DP, Trout blasted his 40th home run of the year, a monster shot 462 feet into the upper deck in straightaway center field.

That brought Kirby Snead in from the bullpen to put out the fire with a ground out to third by Ohtani. That and a perfect top of the ninth gave Snead his first save of the year.

Jaime Barría retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.

That’s all, folks, for 2022.

Langeliers walk off walk gets A’s 2-1 win over Halos in 10 innings at Coliseum

Oakland A’s starter Cole Irving serves it up against the Los Angeles Angels line up in an extra inning cliffhanger at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Oct 4, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

Los Angeles (73-88). 1. 7. 0

Oakland (59-102). 2. 6. 1. 10 innings

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Before an intimate gathering of 8,189 spectators, two once mighty California baseball teams put on their penultimate performance of 2022 this evening at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. I was about to write “disappointing” somewhere in that sentence.

After all, some denizens of Orange County may have had high expectations for their Angels, expectations that were dashed by, among other things, Mike Trout’s injury, but who had high hopes about the 2022 A’s to begin with?

Maybe we’ll have some for 2023 or ’24, but where will the team be then? At Howard Terminal, and at what cost? In Las Vegas? So, as the crowds at the Roman Coliseum would say, carpe diem, seize the day.

The ancient Romans didn’t have artificial lighting for illuminate their entertainments, but we do, and, after the lights had taken full effect and then been turned off until next year, the A’s had pulled off their second straight 10 inning win over the Angels, taking them down 2-1 in ten frames.

In a brief pregame ceremony, the Athletics congratulated their one time catcher Kurt Suzuki, who, like Stephen Vogt, will join the ranks of retired A’s catchers after tomorrow’s last out. Suzuki, who celebrated his 39th birthday today, started behind the plate for the Angels, batting ninth. The Halos rendered their own tribute to him after the home team’s very first at bat.

The other eight Angels on the field met him at the mound and hugged him. The A’s applauded him from inn front of their dugout. Suzuki then left for the LA dugout, and Max Stassi, another veteran of the Oakland organization, entered the game as catcher.

Tonight’s starter for the green and gold was one of the few bright spots in the early part of Oakland’s season. Cole Irvin, who toed the rubber at game time, went 6-9, 2.92, allowing his opponents the modest OPS of .642. Last month, he was 2-2, 8.23, and batters battered him for an OPS of .985. Irvin’s performance tonight was excellent.

The shut the Angels out for six innings on four hits and no walks, although he did hit two batters. He struck out four and left with a no decision that lowered his ERA to 3.98. Only 24 of his 87 pitches were balls.

Michael Lorenzen, the Halos’ starter had his season interrupted at the beginning of July by a strained right shoulder and didn’t return to work until September 9. He went 2-0, 3.05 between then and tonight for an overall record of 8-6, 4.52. He defeated the Athletics in last previous start, holding them to one, unearned, run over five innings on September 28 at the Big A. In tonight’s contest, he was even stinger.

He kept Oakland scoreless over six frames, in which he allowed only three hits and three walks, with one wild pitch thrown in for leavening. He struck out seven, and 61 of his 95 offerings counted as strikes. Like Irvin, he had to settle for a no decision, but he, too, reduced his ERA, which now stands at 4.24.

The Angels tested Irvin’s mettle in the top of the sixth, when Trout led off with a Texas League double that fell at the feet of an unrushing Conner Capel in right. It looked as if Ohtani’s high, deep drive to center would break what had been up till then a scoreless tie.

But Cristián Pache caught the ball at the back of the centerfield warning track, near the Sports California sign. Trout advanced to third on the play but had to remain there on Taylor Ward´s ground out to short. Irvin plunked Anthony Rendon to put runners on the corners with two away.

Matt Duffy flew out to right, and the score remained knotted at zero. That ended Irvin’s outing; Austin Pruitt set the Angels down in order in the seventh and then gave way to Tyler Cyr in the eighth.

Andrew Wantz put the A’s down 1,2,3 in the home seventh but yielded a leadoff double to last night’s batting hero, Tony Kemp, to open the eighth. It was a costly hit for the Angels’ reliever; Seth Brown smacked a one out single to right that brought Kemp home to break the tie.

After issuing a walk to Shea Langeliers, Wantz went to the showers, replaced by Rob Zastryzny. The introduction of a left handed reliever called forth the counter move of Chad Pinder’s pinch hitting for Capel. Zastryzny disposed of Pinder and Ernie Clement to end the inning.

The winning pitcher in last night’s 10 inning triumph, Domingo Acevedo, came in at the start of the Angels’ ninth, trying to protect Oakland’s precious one run advantage. He didn’t have to deal with a zombie runner this time; he had to deal with something worse.

Liván Soto led off with a single to left. Kemp’s wild throw to second allowed Soto to reach that base safely, and when Acevedo, who was backing up the play, also made an errant toss, Soto motored on to third. He scored the tying run when Matt Duffy hit a liner to right past a drawn in infield.

After Adell flew out to center, Acevedo picked Duffy off and induced Fletcher to send a grounder to Brown at first. Brown won the race to the bag, and we went into the bottom of the ninth tied at one.

Ryan Tercera retired pinch hitters Dermís García and Stephen Vogt and then Allen to send the game into extra innings for the second night in a row.

The A’s sent AJ Puk to the mound for the top of the tenth, with Fletcher as the placed runner. Stassi sacrificed him to third, where. he had to stay. when Allen made a brilliant play of Luis Rengifo’s hard grounder to short for the second out. The A’s granted an intentional pass to Trout and chose to pitch to Ohtani. The result was a fly ball, deep to left center, that Pache caught up against Stew 34 sign.

Tepera came out for the bottom of the tenth with Allen placed on second. Kemp laid down a bunt between the mound and third base. Allen beat the throw to third but overslid the bag. Rengifo tagged him and he was called out. The A’s challenged the call, but it was confirmed. Murphy dumped a single into shallow left center that sent Kemp to third.

The Angels conceded a walk to Brown that brought Langeliers to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. The infield played in, the count went to 3-2. The pitch was a sinker that sank too much. It was a walkoff walk.

Puk, now 4-3, was the winning pitcher. Tepera took the loss. He’s now 5-4.

The season ends Wednesday afternoon, starting at 1:00. Ken Wlichuk (1-2, 6.18) will match up against Shoei Ohtani (15-8, 2.35). If you can’t make it in person, it will be televised in Japan on NHK-TV.

Kemp walks it off with RBI single as A’s edge Angels in 10 innings 5-4

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp (5) swings for a RBI single in the bottom of the tenth scoring the game winning run at the Oakland Coliseum on Mon Oct 3, 2022 against the Los Angeles Angles (AP News photo)

Los Angeles (73-87). 4. 8. 2

Oakland (58-102). 5. 11. 1. 10 innings

Monday, October 3, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Oakland’s starter for the opening game of this season’s closing series, Adrián Martínez, has, at first glance, some pretty unimpressive numbers. The 25 year old native of Mexicali, who rode the Las Vegas-Oakland shuttle for most of 2022, took the mound at 4-6, 6.08.

Six loses and a no decision over 11 games, all as a starter, isn’t bad for a team like the 57-102 Athletics. But you can’t shrug off a 6.08 ERA by pointing to the team’s collective batting average of .216. Still, Martínez is capable of stretches of brilliant mound work.

In his August 28 start against the Yankees at the Coliseum, he held the 78-49 Bronx Bombers hitless over the first 4-2/3 innings he faced them, leaving after 5-1/3 and gaining his third victory of the campaign. It’s interesting that the Mexicalense entered that game with an earned run average of 6.08, exactly the same as what he brought to the mound tonight, five years later.

When theAthletics had finished off the Angels in a stunning come from behind extra inning victory, Martínez had, once more, started out strongly but faltered in the middle innings. He lasted 4-1/3 frames and gave up four runs, one of which was posthumous, on seven hits and two walks, having thrown 81 pitches, 47 counting as strikes. He escaped with a no decision and saw his ERA rise to 6.24. The pitching star of the game was Jared Koenig, the third hurler the Coliseum Crew called upon.

Before the game began, the A’s announced that Vimael Machín had gone on paternity leave and that fellow infielder Nate Mondou had been called up from Las Vegas to replace him.

Phil Nevin and Company chose another 25 year old to start for the Angels, Patrick Sandoval. The lefty brought a record of 6-9, 3.03 with him. The only Halo starter with a lower earned run average than that is their DH for tonight, Shohei Ohetani. Sanoval has been on a hot streak in his last 10 starts, with an ERA of 2.15 over that. span.

After a little trouble in the early innings, Sandoval grew stronger as the game went on, finishing in grand form. He hurled six innings of shutout ball, in which he held Oakland to five hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out six. He threw 97 pitches, 65 of them considered strikes. All he got for his efforts was a no decision that lowered his ERA to 2.91.

The green and gold mounted the first sustained threat of the evening in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one down before Seth Brown forced Nick Allen out at home on a grounder to third and Sean Langeliers went down swinging to keep the game a scoreless tie.

Martínez’s control deserted him in the top of the fourth. After fanning Otani for the second straight time, he surrendered a double to left to Taylor. He recovered to whiff Anthony Rendon. His first two pitches to Matt Thaiss missed the plate and, rather than risk grooving one to the Halos’ first sacker, the A’s conceded him a walk.

A five pitch unintentional walk to Logan O’Hoppe loaded the bases, and Jo Andell’s grounder got between Clement and Allen on the left side of the infield to bring in Ward and Thaiss. It looked as if the two Oakland infielders may have distracted each other going for the ball.

The visitors tacked on another couple of runs in their half of the fifth. Liván Soto led off with a clean single to left, and, after Mike Trout fouled out to first, Ohtani, laced a two bagger to right to score Soto and send Martínez to showers, replaced by Austin Pruitt.

Ward drove his first offering against the center field wall to drive in Ohtani with the second run of the frame, both of them charged to Martínez. In spite of a free pass to Luis Rengifo, now playing third, Pruitt kept the Angels from enlarging their 4-1 lead.

The Athletics called on Jared Koenig to face the visitors in the top of the sixth. He held them hitless, facing them minimum through the ninth. The only baserunner he allowed came on an error by Allen in the seventh that was erased by a pitcher’s best friend.

Jimmy Herget replaced Sandoval and set the Athletics down in order in the seventh. They finally burst through the shutout barrier in the eighth. Murphy sent Ward to the warning track in right to corral his lead off fly.

Conner Capel pinch hit for Pinder and smacked a liner off Herget’s glove that went for a single. Next up, Brown smacked a triple to right, almost running into Capel on his way to third. Capel scored, making it 4-1, and Langelier’s single to right brought Brown in with the run that cut the Angel’s lead to 4-2. That signalled the end of Herget’s shift.

José Quijada replaced him, which brought Jonah Bride to the plate, hitting for García. Quijada retired him and Pache to quell the uprising.

Ernie Clement led off the bottom of the ninth with a double off the right centerfield wall. Allen worked a full count walk to put the potential tying run on base with no outs. Díaz also worked a full count but swung missed on a high and outside 95 mph four seamer.

The slumping Murphy, his BA down to .248, sent Ward to. the Eva Air advertisement behind the right field warning track to haul down the second out. Now it was Quijada vs. Capel. Capel took a strike, then a ball, then another ball, fouled off a four seamer, and took ball three. Ball four damn near beaned him.

The bases now were loaded with two out in the bottom of ninth, and Quijada had thrown his last pitch. The game’s outcome now depended on Aaron Loup on the mound and Seth Brown at the plate. Brown smacked a single into left, and the game was tied up at four, with the potential winning run on second in the person of Capel.

Langeliers refilled the bases with yet another 3-2 walk to bring up Jonah Bride. He swung at and missed a cutter, 0-1. And then flew out to right to send the game into extra innings.

With Soto at second as the zombie runner, Domingo Acevedo became the Athletics’ fourth pitcher of the night. He struck. out Trout and paid Ohtani the tribute of an intentional walk.Ward flew out to Brown at the left centerfield wall, and Soto motored over to third. Rengifo lined out to second to end the inning.

Zach Weiss entered the fray in the A’s half of the tenth with Bride placed on second. Pache sacrificed him over to third with Tony Kemp in the on deck circle, ready to pinch hit for Clement. He came to the plate and took a strike before sending a hot shot down the first base line that Thaiss couldn’t handle. It went for a hit and brought about a most amazing victory for the home team. It gave you hope for 2023, no matter where the A’s play in 2024.

Acevedo got the win and now is (4-4, 3.38). The loss went to Weiss, now (0-1, 2.19).

Cole Irwin (9-13, 4.11) will start tomorrow evening at 6:40 against the Angels’ Michael Lorenzen (8-6, 4.52).

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open three game series with Angels tonight; Final homestand for Oakland

The Oakland A’s Nick Allen rounds the bases after belting a two run home run in the top of the sixth inning against Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray at T Mobile Park in Seattle against the Seattle Mariners on Sun Oct 2, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, Seattle Mariners pitcher Robbie Ray got lit up by Oakland A’s hitting on Sunday giving up three home runs Shea Langeliers, Cristian Pache and Nick Allen as the A’s pelt the Mariners 10-4 to end the Mariners home season and the A’s avoided a sweep.

#2 The A’s took a seven game losing streak into Sunday’s game against the Mariners and just for the sake of ending the road trip wanted to get this one in the win column and did in a big way.

#3 Mariners manager Scott Servais said that the team had a lot of emotion during this homestand and making it to the post season for the last five games and said that the loss took a little bit of the wind out of their sails.

#4 A’s starter James Kaprielian pitched a no hitter against the M’s for 5.2 innings but gave up a hit to Ty France in the bottom of the sixth inning. Karprielian ended up striking out seven batters and defeated the M’s for the third time this season.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels open up a three game series at the Oakland Coliseum against the A’s on Monday night. Starting pitcher for the Angels Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.03) and pitching for the A’s Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.08) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

Barbara Mason did the Oakland A’s podcasts Mondays during the 2022 season at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Bruce MacGowan: Black pioneers in Bay Area broadcasting; Giants and A’s winding down 2022; plus more

Former KRON 4 Sportscaster Jan Hutchins is part of the discussion on Headline Sports with Bruce MacGowan on today’s podcast. Here Hutchins is in a publicity shot for the San Jose Rotary Club where he spoke in 2013 (Rotary Club of San Jose file photo)

On the podcast with Bruce:

#1 Bruce last regular home game for the San Francisco Giants hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Winding it down what changes do you see the Giants needing to improve in the off season.

#2 The Oakland A’s lost their 100th game on Friday it’s something a big league hates to have hanging over their season and go into the record books.

#3 San Francisco 49ers have some pressure after losing to the Denver Broncos last week. The 49ers really need to go after the Rams early on Monday Night Football.

#4 The Oakland A’s host the Los Angeles Angels starting this Monday night. The Angels and Shohei Ohtani will be on hand at Coliseum after Ohtani had signed a one year contract that takes him through 2023 for $30 million.

#5 The Golden State Warriors opened up their pre season in Japan this week. Talk has been the can repeat this season.

Bruce MacGowan podcasted Headlines Sports during Sunday SF Giants home games in 2022 at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Ohtani just flat out had the A’s off balance Tuesday; A’s and Angels close out series in the Big A tonight

The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani rubs up the baseball during the top of the eighth inning to face the Oakland A’s at the Big A in Anaheim on Thu Sep 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Was the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani just on or were the A’s hitters just off on Thursday.

#2 Talk about how Ohtani’s pitches were just working against the A’s line up who by the way have been struggling.

#3 Ohtani picked up his 15th win of this season and has been lights out on both sides of the baseball with his pitching and hitting will he win the MVP again this season or will New York Yankees Aaron Judge who just tied Roger Maris for the AL all time home run leader get the MVP?

#4 After retiring 22 straight batters Ohtani in the eighth faced the A’s Conner Capel who broke up the no hitter with a hit that deflected off Angels shortstop Livan Soto’s glove and into leftfield in the top of the eighth.

#5 Tonight the A’s will head up to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Ken Waldichuk (1-2, 7.15) will take the mound for Oakland. Seattle will start Logan Gilbert (13-6, 3.29). First pitch will be at 6:40 PM PT.

Jeremiah did the A’s podcasts Thursdays for the 2022 season and will return next Thursday for the Sacramento Kings podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Angels Sweep Oakland Winning 4-2 A’s 100th loss of the season

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers to the Oakland A’s lineup at the Big A in Anheim in the first inning on Thu Sep 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

Angels Sweep Oakland Winning 4-2 A’s 100th loss of the season

By Barbara Mason

Thursday night the Oakland A’s (56-100) faced Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels (70-86) in game three of their series. The A’s were trying to avoid a sweep but with Ohtani on the mound for the Halo’s it would turn out to be a tall order.

Los Angeles got on the scoreboard early in this game. Luis Rengifo homered and Ohtani singled driving in Mike Trout for a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, Taylor Ward homered extending the Angels lead 3-0. The Halo’s knocked a third home run out of the park in the sixth inning off the bat of Max Stassi now leading 4-0. Los Angeles had 12 hits through six innings and the A’s were still looking for their first hit in this game. They were not even close to figuring Ohtani out who already had eight strikeouts.

Ohtani was looking for his 15th win of the year which looked more and more likely as this game wore on. Going into the seventh inning his pitch count was at 72 and still no hits for Oakland.

In the eighth inning the A’s Connor Capel got the A’s their first hit of the game. Next up at the plate was Dermis Garcia who got a second hit for Oakland. The A’s had put an end to Ohtani’s bid for a no-hitter.

The A’s loaded the bases in the ninth inning and Nick Allen scored off a Seth Brown ground out to second. Jonah Bride scored on a wild pitch but it was too little too late. The final was 4-2 and unfortunately this was loss number 100 for the A’s. They were swept but avoided getting shutout. This was the second time in A’s history that they lost 100 games in a season.

It was a tough start for Oakland’s Cole Irvin. He went four innings and allowed nine hits, three runs with six strikeouts. Collin Wiles relieved him in the fifth inning. He got the job done allowing only one hit and no runs. Norge Ruiz relieved in the sixth and seventh innings allowing three hits and one run. Sam Selman would close for Oakland.

The A’s will finish the season against the Angels after their series with the Mariners. Those final three games will be played at the Coliseum. Will we see Shohei Ohtani in that series? We will have to wait on that one.

Friday night the A’s will head up to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Ken Waldichuk (1-2, 7.15) will take the mound for Oakland. Seattle will start Logan Gilbert (13-6, 3.29). First pitch will be at 6:40 PM PT.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Oakland tax payers worried about Howard Terminal costs; A’s look to try their luck against Angels Ohtani at the Big A tonight

Artists rendition of proposed Howard Terminal ballpark in downtown Oakland. Oakland residents are concerned about taxes from the project. The Oakland City Council are also concerned about the infrastructure costs as well (Artists rendition from the San Francisco Chronicle)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Howard Terminal project still up in the air the A’s brass has been to Las Vegas twice visiting prospective sites.

#2 The main concern is the Oakland taxpayer has regarding the cost of paying for the Howard Terminal Project which is estimated at $12 billion.

#3 Jerry one of the other major concerns regarding Howard Terminal is the infrastructure concerns is public transit with Amtrak and Southern Pacific railroads around the ballpark and how public transit will get fans and employees to the ballpark.

#4 The A’s currently in Anaheim and will see the Angels for another three series at the Oakland Coliseum next week starting Monday night. That might be a positive thing in playing a team twice in a week.

#5 The A’s go at it again tonight against the Angels the A’s will start Cole Irvin (9-12, 4.11) and for the Angels Shohei Ohtani (14-8, 2.47) a 6:38 pm first pitch at the Big A.

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A’s Drop Game Two To Angels 4-1; Halos rally for 3 runs in fourth inning

The Oakland A’s Conner Capel swings for a first inning single to score Tony Kemp at Anaheim Stadium against the Los Angeles Angeles on Wed Sep 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

A’s Drop Game Two To Angels 4-1

By Barbara Mason

After losing a close game to the Los Angeles Angels (69-86) Tuesday night, the Oakland A’s (56-99) were looking to even the series Wednesday night. The A’s were tied with the Angels into the eighth inning Tuesday night but Los Angeles scored a single run in the eighth and that was the ball game 4-3.

Oakland scored in tonights game in the first inning taking a 1-0 lead. Connor Capel singled driving in Tony Kemp for the early lead.

The Angels started hitting in the fourth inning. After a quiet Tuesday night, Mike Trout, who is always a threat, hit a homer to center to tie up the game 1-1. Matt Thaiss would follow with a single and Shohei Otani scored to give Los Angeles the lead 2-1. They would extend that lead when Matt Duffy grounded into a fielder’s choice to shortstop and Taylor Ward scored.

Taylor Ward would strike again in the eighth inning knocking one out of Angel Stadium giving Los Angeles a 4-1 lead. That would be the final. Oakland’s starting pitcher Adrian Martinez only lasted 4.2 innings allowing five hits and three runs. He had four strikeouts.

The A’s relief pitching only allowed two hits through the remainder of the game sending in five pitchers, Sam Selman, Norge Ruiz, Kirby Snead, Austin Pruitt and Domingo Acevedo.

The Angels starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen went five innings and allowed three hits and one run with eight strikeouts.

In Game Three of this series we will get to see Shohei Ohtani on the mound for Los Angeles currently with a 2.47 ERA and a 14-8 win /loss record. This could possibly be Ohtani’s last start this season. Cole Irvin will start for the A’s. He has a 4.05 ERA and a 9-12 win/lloss record. First pitch is scheduled for 6:38 PM PT.