That’s Amaury News and Commentary: A’s Ballpark Soap Opera Episode No. 45

Artists rendering of the new Howard Terminal ballpark in downtown Oakland (file photo SF NIMBY)

A’s Ballpark Soap Opera Episode No. 45

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–This is for sure. The Oakland A’s will finish the 2022 season at the Oakland Coliseum with the game on Wednesday October 5, at 1PM against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, But, the next few months could bring us the final chapter of this long running soap regarding the proposed Howard Terminal ballpark in downtown Oakland, or a possible move out of town.

City of Oakland and the Oakland A’s are negotiating the $12 billion waterfront park and surrounding area. They will have to figure how to pay for the upgrades in infrastructure which includes affordable housing.

They are securing $320 million in public money for the A’s ballpark, but some expect $320 million will not be enough. The City of Oakland has applied for more than $180 million in federal grants and also looking for other regional, state and federal grants. The city doesn’t expect to be awarded the $180 million federal grants. It is all about money, what else is new?

At stake: -$1 billion privately financed ballpark of 35,000 seats (A’s will pay for the park) -$11 billion development -3,000 residential units -1.5 million square feet of commercial space (retail and outdoor) -3,500 seat performance center -400 hotel rooms -18 acres of open spaces for the public to enjoy.

Do not “tune out”. Soon, more votes to come and by November the expected conclusion!

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

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Moreno selling Angels just another brick in the wall of trouble for suffering franchise

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno announced the sale of the team Tue Aug 23, 2022. Former Angel superstar Rod Carew said he approved the sale of the team. (AP file photo)

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The Los Angeles Angels have been under a dark cloud of sorts and it all started when they tragically lost the late Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart on April 8, 2009 hours after pitching against the Oakland A’s in a car crash.

Then on Jul 1, 2019 the Angels lost pitcher Tyler Skaggs due to an oxycodone overdose after Angels media relations assistant Eric Kaye provided the pills for Skaggs.

Anaheim Mayor Henry Sidhu had to resign over corruption regarding the Anaheim Stadium deal in trying to get campaign contributions for the stadium deal.

When Angels superstar Albert Pujols was released by the team May 6, 2021 the departure was not that all diplomatic and it was reported that he got into a verbal altercation with then general manager Perry Minasian over the release. Pujols joined the Los Angeles Dodgers after leaving the Angels.

Minasian would later fire manager Joe Maddon when the team was in the middle of a 12 game losing streak.

The Angels star outfielder Mike Trout developed back spasms which later doctors called costovertebral dysfunction at T5.

The future superstar Shohei Ohtani was in question around the All Star break as to whether he would stay or not but Ohtani made it clear he likes the Southland and remained with the Halos. Ohtani could option to leave next season.

Owner Arte Moreno 76 said he spoke with his family about selling the team, he will leave baseball but will continue with his billboard advertising business.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Lowrie designated for assignment; Oller to start Friday for A’s

Oakland A’s starter Adam Oller will face the Houston Astros on Fri Aug 12, 2022 at Minute Maid Field to open a three game series. Here Oller pitches during spring training 2022. (San Francisco Chronicle photo file)

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#1 Jeremiah, the A’s designated Jed Lowrie for assignment which could mean Lowrie could be claimed on waivers, he could take a minor league assignment, or he could be outrighted released from the club.

#2 Lowrie had played in 14 seasons in Major League Baseball and has appeared in 1307 games, he has 1185 career hits, 121 home runs, and 594 RBIs his numbers were respectable.

#3 The A’s played some of their future prospects starter JP Sears and centerfielder Cal Stevenson who went 1-3 with a run, hit and an RBI and Sears started Wednesday’s game for the A’s pitching 5.1 innings, three hits on two earned runs and three strike outs. It was an encouraging performance from their rookies.

#4 The Los Angeles Angels came in and did a lot of damage taking three games from the A’s. The most memorable game of the series came on Tuesday night when Shohei Ohtani pitched and was the designated hitter. As pitcher Ohtani started and went six innings gave up four hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Ohtani as DH hit a home run deep into the right field stands for his 25th of the season.

#5 Jeremiah, the A’s are in Houston to open a three game series against the Astros at Minute Maid Field. The A’s will be going with Adam Oller (1-4, 7.63) he’ll be opposed by the Astros Luis Garcia (8-8, 3.93) a 5:10 pm PDT firsts pitch.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Can A’s put three game sweep by Angels in review mirror; Oakland heads for Houston on Friday night

Steven Duggar heads home to score for the Los Angeles Angels in the top of the 12th inning to break a 4-4 tie and eventually get the Angels a 5-4 win at the Oakland Coliseum against the Oakland A’s as A’s pitcher Austin Pruitt (29) watches on Wed Aug 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

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#1 Jerry another tough loss for the Oakland A’s on Wednesday afternoon as they lose it to the Los Angeles Angels as Magneuris Sierra played hero hitting a tenth inning single to tie the game in the top of the tenth inning 4-4 and Sierra did it again with an RBI double in the top of the 12th that turned out to be the game winning hit Angels win 5-4 at the Oakland Coliseum.

#2 This was the second time the last place A’s have lost an entire homestand this time with five straight loses, two to the San Francisco Giants and three to the Angels.

#3 The A’s just couldn’t do anything Angels closer Jaime Barria who pitched three innings who gave up just one hit and one strike out. Halos manager Phil Nevin said that “nothing fazes him.”

#4 For the Angels and A’s both teams battled right down to the end as the Angels got help from Sierra in the tenth and 12th and the A’s Ramon Luareano got RBI singles.

#5 The A’s who are coming off a complete sweep of their last homestand will try to get back on the winning side again starting a with a seven game road trip on Friday night in Houston. For the A’s Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63) will get the start and for the Astros Luis Garcia (8-8, 3.93) a 5:10 pm PDT first pitch at Minute Maid Field.

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Angels win 5-4 in 12 innings sweep A’s in three-game series

Magneuris Sierra swings for an RBI double in the top of the 12th inning at the Oakland Coliseum for the Los Angeles Angels against the Oakland A’s on Wed Aug 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s lost their fifth straight game on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. It took the Los Angeles Angels twelve innings to down the A’s. The Green and Gold fought hard, but they still came up short. The Angels won the game 5-4.

The A’s had a couple of new faces in the lineup. Lefty J.P.Sears, acquired in the trade with the Yankees for Frankie Montas, made his first start as an Athletic. Sears was impressive as he went five and 1/3rd innings and allowed three hits and two runs.

The other new face was rookie Cal Stevenson. Stevenson was in center field, and he made his family and the A’s fans when he collected his first Major League in the sixth inning.

The Angels put three on the board in the top of the sixth. With one out shortstop, Andrew Velasquez reached on an infield single. Second baseman David Fletcher, a longtime A’s irritant, singled to put men on at first and second.

A’s manager Mark Kotsay brought in lefty Sam Moll to face the Angels’ superstar slugger, Shohei Ohtani. Moll struck him out. The next hitter, Luis Rengifo, sent Moll’s pitch over the wall in left field to put the Angels ahead 3-0.

The A’s scored three runs in their half of the seventh. Lefty Aaron Loup was now pitching for LA. A’s catcher Stephen Vogt walked to start the inning. Loup retired Elvis Andrus and Chad Pinder on fly balls to center.

The Angels brought in righty Andrew Wantz to pitch. Wantz walked Nick Allen and Cal Stevenson to load the bases. Tony Kemp doubled to clear the bases. Kemp was out trying to make it to third. The A’s and Angels are tied at three apiece.

There was no scoring by either team in the eighth or ninth innings. Dany Jimenez was on the mound for Oakland in the tenth. Former SF Giant, Steven Duggar, was the ghost runner. Jimenez retired Max Stassi for the first out.

Angels’ centerfielder Magneuris Sierra singled to drive in Duggar to put the Angels ahead 4-3. The A’s tied the game in their half of the inning. Skye Bolt was the ghost runner. Cal Stevenson’s sacrifice bunt sent Bolt to third.

Jaime Barria retired Kemp for the second out. Ramon Laureano singled to drive in Bolt to make it 4-4. Neither team scored in the 11th. 

In the 12th, Duggar was the ghost runner again. Sierra doubled to drive him in with the Angels’ fifth run. Jaime Barria got the last three outs of the game to earn his first career save. The Angels win 5-4.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s are now 41-71. They lost all five games on the homestand. The Angels improved to 49-63.

The A’s used seven pitchers Wednesday afternoon. Austin Pruitt was the losing pitcher. Barria earned a win and a save.

The line score for Oakland was four runs, seven hits, and one error. The Angels’ line was five runs, six hits, and no errors.

The hitting stars for Oakland were Tony Kemp and Ramon Laureano. Kemp had two doubles and three RBIs. Laureano had two singles, a double, and one RBI.

The A’s were four-for 44, with runners in scoring position for the five-game homestand. The A’s set a new record in baseball by going 71 games without a triple.

The A’s are off on Thursday. They are off to Texas for three games with the Houston Astros and four with the Texas Rangers. On Friday the A’s will be starting Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63) the Astros will be starting Luis Garcia (8-8, 3.93) a 5:10 pm PDT first pitch at Minute Maid Field.

The time of the game was 3:45. 8,286 fans were on hand to see the A’s lose their fifth straight game.

Get that cowboy hat on it’s Shotime; Ohtani belts out 25th homer to defeat A’s 5-1

The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani clobbered his 118th career home run and his 25th of the season Tue Aug 9, 2022 against the Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Aug 9, 2022 (@Angels photo)

Los Angeles (48-63). 5. 10. 1

Oakland (41-70). 1. 6. 1

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Shoehei Ohtani, tonight’s starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels stands out from all current baseball players. He came into the Coliseum with a pitching record of 9-7, 2.83, 152 strikeouts and only 24 walks in 195 innings pitched, during which he held opposing hitters to a batting average of .215. The Angels came away with a 5-1 victory over the Oakland A’s , the Angels Shohei Ohtani hit his 25th home run of the season his 118th career.

But that’s not all. Although his own batting average at game time was a middling .253, he had an impressive OPS of .836 that included 24 home runs in 396 at bats. No wonder people talk of him as the second coming of The Bambino.

I think that is a mistake. Ruth was an excellent pitcher and a great hitter, but not simultaneously. Once he had established himself as a slugger, he was converted from a pitcher to an outfield and would take the mound only rarely and then with little at stake. After being traded to the Yankees for the 1920 season, he pitched in only five games until his retirement in 1935.

Rick Ankiel also was a successful pitcher who remade himself as an outfielder. In his case, a bad case of the yips turned a good pitcher into a mediocre center field.

Ohtani isn’t in the same category of either of those successively twin way players. He belongs to a tradition that was, if not common, frequent in the Negro Leagues and Latin American baseball, that of the pitcher-position player who regularly combined both roles. The precarious economic situation of those organizations put a premium on player versatility.

The example that first jumps into my mind is Martín Dihigo, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, the United States, and probably a few more other places. He had a long career in the countries I’ve just listed as well as in the North American Negro Leagues that now are considered major leaglues.

In the 1938 Mexican League season he went 18-2, 0.90 and led the league in batting average at .387. He played every position, not as a stunt like Campy Campanaris’s nine position last day of the season exhibition, but as a regular. He went on to become a manager.

Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe didn’t play as many positions as Dihigo, but he did both pitch and catch. A one battery, he was ever ready to promote the game. He lived over 100 years and was active well into his 90s, having thrown one pitch for the Northern League Schaumburg Flyers when he was 96.

Bob Thurman was 30 years old when Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, so his age and baseball’s slowness in integrating limited his time in what was then considered the majors.

He did, however, play outfield and pitch for the San Francisco Seals and was part of one of the most impressive outfields in history, the 1954-55 Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rican Winter League.

In right was Roberto Clemente. Willie Mays was the center fielder, and Thurman, on the nights he wasn’t pitching, patrolled left field. (When Thurman was pitching, Luis Rodríguez Olmos, the first Puerto Rican to hit a home run in the World Series, was his replacement.

Every day, manager Herman Franks and Olmos would work on improving Clemente’s throwing technique. They’d hit him fungoes, which he would throw back to the mound, where a local teenager would catch them. That adolescent’s name was Orlando Cepeda.

Tuesday game recap: It’s no knock on the A’s starter, James Kaprielian, to say that he’s not a member of that exalted fraternity, but he isn’t. He’s a 28 year old who’d never gone deeper than seven innings. He made his 39th career start tonight, bringing a record of 3-5, 4.32 for the season with him.

Tonight he lasted only five frames, in which he surrendered four runs, three of them earned, on six hits and three walks. Of his 97 deliveries, were counted as strikes. He left the game with an ERA of 4.38, took the loss, making his W-L numbers 3-6.

One-time Giant Steven Duggar opened the top of the third with his first American League hit, a resounding triple to right center off a 95 mph four seamer. He scored moments later on David Fletcher’s pop single to center, putting the Angels ahead 1-0.

The Angels and Ohtani survived a scare in the bottom of that frame when Ramón Laureano’s inning ending line drive bounced off the pitcher’s toe before he recovered the ball and threw to first for the out. But Ohtani came back to the mound for the fourth.

A combination of luck, Oakland’s defensive deficiency, and Los Angeles power put the Halos ahead by four in the fifth. Ohtani led off with a scratch single to second. Luis Rengifo sent what might have been a double play ball just to the left of first base. Brown fielded it, looked at second and decided instead to pivot and throw, awkwardly, to Kaprielian covering at first.

The throw went wild, and both Rengifo and Ohtani were safely on base. Taylor Ward took a 94 mph four seamer deep to left, 393 feet to be exact, for a three run homer, his 15th round tripper and 39th, 40th, and 41st runs batted in.

That and Kaprielien’s pitch count of 97 brought Sam Selman out to pitch the sixth. He set the visitors down in order, the first time in the game that they’d gone down quietly.

Ohtani gave himself another run to work with when, leading off the seventh, he sent Selman’s slow slider soaring into the seats, 378 feet from home for his 25th dinger of ’22. Selman stuck around to retire the next two batters and then gave way to Domingo Tapia.

Jo Adell wrapped a double into the left field corner but fanned Jared Walsh to limit the damage. Oakland now was looking at a 5-0 shortfall.

Ohtani moved from the mound to the DH slot as a placeholder for the home seventh. The Halos’ new hurler was Jim Herget, who retired the side in order.

Ohtani had gone six innings as a pitcher, holding Oakland scoreless on four hits and three walks. He had five strikeouts to his credit, throwing 91 pitches, 55 going for strikes. He earned the win and now stands at 10-7, 2.68.

The crew from Anaheim was not a band of angels of mercy. Max Stassi led off the eighth with a line single back at Tapia. Andrew Velázquez, who had replaced José Rojas, followed with a two bagger to right that sent Stassi to third. Duggar walked to load the bases. But Tapia blocked the Angels´relentless attack.

Fletcher flew out to shallow right. Phil Gosselin pinch hit for Ohtani, and Allen made a nifty backhand grab of his grounder to short and made an accurate off-balance throw home to force Stassi at the plate. Rengifo grounded out to second, so the score stayed 5-0 in favor of the visitors.

Herget left with two on and two down in the Oakland eighth, replaced by José Quijada, the first lefty the A’s had faced tonight. In response, manager Kotsay called on Elvis Andrus to hit for Brown. He struck out.

Chad Pinder provided a bit of balm to the Athletics´wounded pride biy launching a 415 foot lead off home run to dead center field. It was his 10th home run of the season. But that’s as far as it went

Paul Blackburn (7-6, 4.28) will start for the Athletics in tomorrow’s 12:37 matchup against the Angels, who haven’t yet announced who will toe the rubber for them.

Rengifo’s first inning homer stands up for Halos; A’s Irvin pitches gem in 1-0 loss Monday

Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin was dealing against the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum on Mon Aug 8, 2022 to open a three game series (@Athletics photo)

Los Angeles ((47-63). 1. 5. 0

Oakland (41-69). 0. 2. 0

Monday, August 8, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–After having been swept by the slumping Giants in a two game series over the weekend, the Athletics continued their slide, losing to their fellows in misery from southern California, the Los Angeles Angels, another once proud franchise that recently has been shopping around for a new home. It was, however, a beautiful game.

Oakland chose as their starter Cole Irvin, who at 6-8 ,3.04 at game time, arguably is the best pitcher in their rotation. Frankie Montás, erstwhile candidate for that honor, got hammered in his first appearance as a Yankee, yielding six runs in three innings to the Cardinals. Paul Blackburn, another contender for the title, Paul Blackburn, seems to have been hit by the Curse of the All Star Selection.

In spite of a brief hitch in the opening frame, Irvin was magnificent for eight innings tonight. He allowed but one run on five hits, striking out six without issuing a walk. He threw 94 pitches, 69 for strikes. The loss left him 6-9 ,2.92.

On the mound for the Halos in tonight’s battle of the lefties was José Suárez, carrying a record of 3-4, 4.55 and the nickname of El demente with him.

That sobriquet means just what it sounds like. The madman was crazy like a fox, dominating the host team’s batters over seven frames. His record now is 4-4, 4.04. Keep on reading to appreciate the statistical details of his achievement.

Shohei Ohtani wasn’t in the Angels’ starting lineup, but it did include two on time Athletics catchers, Kurt Suzuki and Max Stassi. The latter just barely qualifies because he never played a regular season game for the Athletics, but he was a standout at Stockton.

Earlier in the day, the A’s announced that they had optioned yesterday’s losing pitcher, Adrián Martínez, to Las Vegas and recalled fellow right handed pitcher Domingo Tapia from the Aviators.

Irvin started out strong, retiring the first two Angels he faced on seven pitches. He threw a 93 mph sinker for his eighth offering. Luis Rengifo gave it a lift.. The ball travelled 434 feet into the left field seats for the Halos’ second sacker’s sixth home run of the year and a 1-0 Los Angeles lead.

Both pitchers were on the ball after that. The score still was 1-0 at the seventh inning stretch, and Irvin had thrown an economical 82 pitches and allowed a total of five hits including Rengifo’s two safties, his round tripper and a double to lead off the fourth.

Not to be outdone, Suárez held Oakland to a pair of singles, one of them of the infield variety, over his first seven frames.

The tension rose among the 5,440 faithful who showed up for the contest as the teams moved inexorably towards the ninth episode of the evening´s drama. Irvin set the Angels down in order in the top of the eighth. Aaron Loup relieved Súarez and set the Athletics down in order.

Zach Jackson came on to try to hold the A’s deficit to one run in the top of the ninth. He succeded, throwing a perfect inning.

Ryan Tepera toed the rubber in the top of the ninth, looking for his second save in six opportunities. The A’s sent Tony Kemp to pinch hit for Pinder to lead off. He flew out to deep left center, bringing up Murphy, who grounded to shortstop Fletcher’s right.

Fletcher made a fine backhand grab and threw Oakland’s catcher out at first. It now was up to Laureano, who flew out to left to end an exciting, albeit frustrating battle.

Shohei Ohtani will be in action tomorrow as the Angels’ starting pitcher. He comes with a record of 9-7, 2.83. James Kaprielian (3-5, 4.32) will oppose him for the green and gold. Game time is 6:40 pm PDT.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Ohtani to start Tuesday is the biggest story in baseball

Los Angeles Angels hitter Shohei Ohtani who will start Tue Aug 9, 2022 game against the Oakland A’s was checked by the trainers on Sun Aug 7, 2022 at the T Mobile Field in Seattle after pitcher Marc Gonzales collided with Ohtani near the Angels on deck circle in the top of the third inning. Ohtani remained in the game. (AP News photo)

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The Los Angeles Angels starter and the face of baseball Shohei Ohtani better known as ShoTime will start Tuesday night against the Oakland A’s. Ohtani he’s one of the best pitchers in the Majors going into the Tuesday’s game.

Ohtani collided with Seattle Mariners pitcher Marco Gonsales after Ohtani’s first at bat near the Angels on deck circle. Gonsales said he was trying to back up a throw coming from the outfield in the top of the third inning but didn’t see Ohtani and collided with him. Ohtani was a little shaken up but staying the the ball game.

Ohtani is 9-7 with an ERA 2.83 he’ll be opposed by the A’s James Kaprielian (3-5, 4.32) for a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch out at the Oakland Coliseum.

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A’s win a wild one over LA ; Angels hit seven home runs and still lost 8-7

By Jerry Feitelberg

An adage in baseball says, “you never know what is going to happen in a game.” The A’s and Angels played a wild one Thursday afternoon at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The Angels hit seven solo home runs and lost 8-7.

It was the sixth time in baseball history that a team has hit seven home runs in a game and lost. Angels fans left the stadium, shaking their heads in disbelief. How could this happen? Yet it did. The A’s offense produced six runs in the third and two in the fourth. The Angels’ bullpen allowed the a’s just one hit over the next five innings.

The Angels’ DH, Shohei Ohtani, started the homer parade by hitting his 23rd of the year to give the Angels an early 1-0 lead. Former A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki made it 2-0 in favor of LA when he blasted his third dinger of the year in the bottom of the second inning.

The A’s offense came to life in the top of the third. A’s second baseman Jonah Bride got things going with a single. Third baseman Vimael Machin reached on a fielder’s choice. Bride was out at second. Angels’ starter Janson Junk walked Nick Allen and Tony Kemp to load the bases.

Ramon Laureano doubled to drive in Machin and Allen. Sean Murphy doubled to drive in Kemp and Laureano. Seth Brown hit his 16th home run of the year to put the A’s ahead 6-2. The A’s sent 11 hitters to the plate in the third. Tayloe Ward led off the bottom of the third with his 14th big fly to make it 8-3.

The A’s put two more runs on the board in the fourth. With one out, Tony Kemp bunted for a single. Laureano homered to make it an 8-3 ball game. In the bottom of the fourth, Blackburn gave up a solo home run to the Angels’ left fielder Jo Adell. It was the first time in Blackburn’s career that he gave up four home runs in a game. The A’s led 8-4

Blackburn left the game after pitching five innings. Lefty Sam Moll was on the hill for Oakland. Angels’ first baseman Jared Walsh homered with one out to close the gap to 8-5. Lefty Kirby Snead was brought in to pitch the seventh.

He hit the first batter he faced with a pitch. He got Taylor Ward to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. The next hitter was Shohei Ohtani. Snead threw Ohtani a pitch that appeared to be about three inches inside. Ohtani turned on the pitch and sent the ball out of the park for his 24th of the year. It was now an 8-6 game.

A’s manager Mark Kotsay brought Dany Jimenez to pitch the eighth inning. Jimenez was making his first appearance since coming off the 10-day IL. How did he do? He struck out the side. Zach Jackson, who earned his third save of the year yesterday, had the task of getting the last three outs of the game. Jackson struck out Kurt Suzuki for the first out.

The next hitter, Mickey Moniak, recently acquired in a trade with the Phillies, hit his first home run as an Angel. It was the seventh solo Angel Home run. Jackson walked pinch-hitter, Max Stassi. Jackson struck out Ward for the second out.

Shohei Ohtani came to the plate as the potential winning run. Mark Kotsay brought the very tall A.J.Puk to pitch to Ohtani. It was a very tense moment in the game. The suspense ended when Ohtani popped out on Puk’s first pitch. The A’s win 8-7.

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are 41-66. Oakland ended the six-game road trip 3-3. The Angels dropped to 44-61. Paul Blackburn was the winning pitcher. His record is now 7-6. His line was five innings pitched, six hits, four runs, one walk, three strikeouts, and four home runs. The losing pitcher was Janson Junk. Junk is now 1-1.

The A’s line was eight runs, eight hits, and no errors. Ramon Laureano had a double, home run, and four RBIs. Sean Murphy drove in two, and Seth Brown’s 16th of the year put two more on the board for Oakland.
Shohei Ohtani had three hits for the Angels. He had a single and two home runs. It was the 11th time in his career that he had two homers in a game. The Line score for the Angels was seven runs, nine hits, and no errors.
The A’s are off on Friday. They return home to face the San Francisco Giants on Saturday and Sunday. Then, they face the Angels for three more games starting on Monday. Starting pitchers for Saturday’s game for San Francisco Carlos Rodon (9-6, 3.00) for Oakland (1-4, 7.68) 7:07 pm PDT first pitch.

The time of the game was 3:25. 23,849 fans watched nine balls fly out of the park as the A’s outlasted the Angels 8-7.

A’s get solid performance from Kaprielian down Angels 3-1

Elvis Andrus (17) and Sean Murphy (12) share a forearm bash after Murphy’s two run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum as Ramon Luareano (22) looks on against the Los Angeles Angels at the Big A in Anaheim on Wed Aug 3, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s bounced back to beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. The A’s had to face the Angels’ ace, Shohei Ohtani. The young man from Japan entered the game with a record of 9-6 and an ERA of 2.81.

Ohtani was in the Angels’ lineup as the designated hitter. Ohtani is hitting .255 with 22 homers and 62 RBIs. The A’s sent James Kaprielian out to do the pitching for Oakland. Kaprielian got off to a slow start as he had to deal with a shoulder issue early in the season. He was 0-5 entering July. In July, he was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.03.

His record for the season before Wednesday’s game was 2-5 with an ERA of 4.50. The smart money probably would be putting money on Ohtani to win the game.

Kaprielian had other ideas and outpitched Ohtani to win his third game of the year. Kaprielian went five and 1/3rd innings and allowed just one run. Ohtani was the losing pitcher. Ohtani was touched for three runs as he absorbed his seventh loss of the season.

The A’s drew first blood in the top of the fourth. Ramon Laureano reached safely on Angels’ third baseman Luis Rengifo’s throwing error. Laureano went to second on a wild pitcher. A’s catcher Sean Murphy singled to drive in Laureano with the A’s first run.

The Angels tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Their center-fielder, Magneuris Sierra, led off the inning with a single. Kaprielian retired David Fletcher on a ground-out. Sierra advanced to second on the play.

Kaprielian retired Shohei Ohtani on another ground-out. Sierra motored to third on the play. Luis Rengifo atoned for an error in the previous inning by hitting a double to drive in Sierra with the tying run. The score was 1-1 after five complete.

The A’s put two more runs on the board in the top of the sixth. Ramon Laureano led off the sixth with a single. The next hitter, Sean Murphy, blasted his 13th home run over the fence in left field to put the A’s in the lead 3-1. Ohtani retired the next two hitters. He walked Jed Lowrie and gave up a single to Chad Pinder. Angels’ manager Phil Nevin brought Aaron Loup to get the final out of the inning.

Neither team scored after the sixth inning. The A’s used Sam Moll to finish the sixth, A.J.Puk in the seventh, Domingo Acevedo in the eighth, and Zach Jackson earned his third save by setting the Angels down 1-2-3 in the ninth. The A’ win 3-1.

Game Notes: With the win, the A’s are now 40-66. The Angels fall to 44-60. 

Kaprielian won his third game of the season. He is now 3-5. His line was five and 1/3rd innings, one run, six hits, and walked one and four strikeouts. Kaprielian threw 83 pitches. Ohtani was the losing pitcher. His record is 9-7. Ohtani has lost his last three starts.

His line was five and 2/3rds innings of work. He allowed seven hits, three runs(two earned), one walk, and seven strikeouts. Ohtani did not stay in the game as the DH even though he was done pitching. 

The hitting star for Oakland was Sean Murphy. Murph had a single and a home run. He drove in all three Oakland runs.

The teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series Thursday afternoon at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The game will start at 1:07 pm.

Paul Blackburn (6-6, 4.15) will go for Oakland. Janson Junk (1-0, 0.00) pitches for the Angels.

The time of the game was 3:08. 25,190 fans watched as the A’s beat the Angels 3-1.