Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Jefferies out with elbow injury; Bassitt mending very well

Oakland A’s pitcher Daulton Jefferies has been sidelined with right elbow irritation and has been placed on the Injured List as of Sat Sep 18, 2021 (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, you have discussed many times on the program about the pitching and bullpen issues of the A’s. The A’s just recently have shelved pitcher Daulton Jefferies with a right elbow injury ulnar neuritis. Jefferies was showing signs of improvement but was put on the IL on Saturday.

#2 A’s manager Bob Melvin said that Jefferies elbow started bothering him after his last pitching performance on Sep 12. Jefferies relieved against the Texas Rangers and went 3 1/3 innings. Melvin said that Jefferies injury didn’t have anything to do with a ligament but was nerve irritation.

#3 Jefferies was supposed to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim but was replaced by James Kaprielian who went six innings and gave up two hits and struck out five in the A’s 3-1 win. Kaprielian really saved the day as the A’s cut the lead in the AL Wild Card race down to two games.

#4 A’s starter Chris Bassitt continued his rehab throwing 30 pitches on Saturday mixing them up with fastballs and a mix of other pitches. Bassitt faced switch hitter Skye Bolt. Bassitt also got to throw between innings simulating warms ups. Melvin said “He looked really good out there today.”

#5 The Seattle Mariners are in Oakland tonight to face the A’s the Mariners starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (6-9 ERA 4.14) and the A’s will go with Sean Manaea (10-9 ERA 3.95) a 6:40 pm PDT at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum.

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

A’s Continue To Roll Past Angels 3-1; A’s now 2 games back in AL Wild Card race

Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani swings for a broken bat single in the seventh inning Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy watches at Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Sat Sep 18, 2021 (AP News photo)

A’s Continue To Roll Past Angels

By Barbara Mason

After holding on in a very tight game, the Oakland A’s beat the Los Angels Angels in game one of their three game series 5-4. The bullpen, which has really been struggling, had a great game.

In tonight’s game the A’s had James Kaprielian starting the game and the Angels had Jose Suarez on the mound. His ERA is 3.59 and Kaprielian is a 3.83 ERA. The A’s took game two of the three game series on Saturday night 3-1 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

The first inning was a very productive one for the A’s. The one thing that we did not see in last night’s game was the long ball and Matt Olson took care of that in his first at bat. He had a solo home run followed by a Mark Canha walk, a Chad Pinder double and a Matt Chapman double. When the dust had settled the A’s had an early 3-0 lead.

The pitching rose to a new level as both pitchers dismissed batters right and left. Both players had very nice performances through six innings.

Due to pitch count Suarez came out of the game in the sixth inning and was relieved by Oliver Ortega who finished off Oakland in the inning.

After six full innings Oakland held their 3-0 lead. There was not a lot of offense for either team after that first inning.

In a surprising move Deolis Guerra came in to relieve Kaprielian in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kaprielian would have faced Ohtani who had already flied out and struck out. Guerra gave up a hit to Ohtani in the seventh inning in Shohei’s third at bat. An apparent double play was reversed and there were two out and two on in the bottom of the inning for the Angels.

Los Angeles did get one run in the inning after the reversed call. The A’s were a bit unnerved after that call. The entire team had left the field when the double play was called by the ref. They managed to pull it back together allowing the one run and still led 3-1 going into the eighth inning.

In six innings Kaprielian allowed two hits and in one inning Guerra allowed three hits. With 90 pitches it would seem that Kaprielian had one more inning in him. The Oakland bullpen had to get through two more innings for their second win of this series.

It was a very nervous ninth inning with the bases loaded for the Angels. With two outs Josh Harrison would leap up and catch a line drive to end the game. This was a critical catch for the A’s. If Harrison doesn’t make that catch this game is tied so a great game for Oakland.

The A’s will play an afternoon game tomorrow in the final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07. Frankie Montas will be on the mound for Oakland and in a surprise Shohei Ohtani has the nod for the Angels. His sore arm has healed in record time and so this will be a great matchup.

Giants get rally caps on in 13th score 7 runs for 9-3 win over Halos

The San Francisco Giants figured out the Los Angeles Angels and Shohei Ohtani after 13 innings of play. Here Ohtani rubs his neck between pitches in the first inning at Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Wed Jun 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The San Francisco Giants’ ace Kevin Gausman delivered again and Brandon Crawford drew a bases loaded walk firing up a seven-run 13th inning for a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

In seven innings at Angel Stadium, Gausman allowed one run – a home run in the fifth inning by Luis Rengifo. He allowed four hits and a walk and struck out nine batters.

The Giants and Angels each had a run in the 12th inning. But in the 13th inning, the Giants had a walk, a wild-pitch, a two-run single from Duggar and a three-run homer from Mike Tauchman to lead 9-2. The Angels only managed one run at the bottom of the 13th inning and got swept in the two-game series.

“It was a wild day for sure,” said outfield Steven Duggar, who was responsible for the two biggest hits after the ninth inning. “Wild, wild finish.”

Tauchman, who struck out five times before hitting the three-run homer, called himself a “jumped mess” and said his approach in the 13th inning was, “Please God, put something in play.” It appears his prayers were answered.

The Giants spoiled a dazzling performance by Angels superstar pitcher Shohei Ohtani. He allowed one run in six innings. Ohtani was not as impressive when he went to bat. Gausman got Ohtani to ground out in the first inning and then struck him out twice on splitters in the third and fifth innings.

Ohtani said Gausman is “a great pitcher, and his splitter was moving in a way that I haven’t really seen recently.” Ohtani admitted, “He got the best of us.”

San Francisco improved their record to 48-26, the best in the league.

The Giants return home to host the Oakland A’s for a three-game series starting on Friday. First pitch is at 6:45 p.m.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Giants open two game series in Anaheim vs. Ohtani and Angels Tuesday

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani seen here hitting an eighth inning home run off the Oakland A’s on Jun 15, 2021 will be entering the All Star game home run derby in Denver and will be facing the San Francisco Giants Tue Jun 22, 2021 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim (AP News file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah after having a five game win streak the San Francisco Giants ended the streak last Saturday getting clobbered at Oracle Park 13-6.

#2 Giants starter Alex Wood on Saturday just couldn’t too many past the Philadelphia Phillies line up he pitched three innings giving up four runs and six hits, Wood 6-3 ERA 4.00 was the early innings just a matter of Wood making some mistake pitches or the Phillies coming off a rough loss Friday ready to take some hacks?

#3 Jeremiah, talk about the month that Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has had he now leads the team in average .244, home runs 16, and RBIs 44 and hit one out on Sunday.

#4 Saturday was Juneteenth and the Giants wore honorary San Francisco Sea Lions jerseys on the 75th Anniversary of the Sea Lions who played in the West Coast Negro Baseball Association.

#5 Tuesday night baseball the Giants are in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels for a brief two game series before returning back to Oracle Park to host the Oakland A’s on Friday night. Jeremiah, the Angels have been going good lately they are 7.5 games behind Oakland and their relying on their star player Shohei Ohtani whose second in home runs in the American League with 21. How do you see this series starting Tuesday night.

Jeremiah Salmonson filled in for Morris Phillips for the Giants podcasts heard every Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s get six run sixth sweep Angels 8-4 at Coliseum

Oakland A’s Ramon Laureano fist bumps with third base coach Mark Kotsay in the fourth inning after hitting a home run at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum on Wed Jun 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles 4 – 9 – 0

Oakland 8 -10 -0

By Lewis Rubman

Wednesday June16, 2021

OAKLAND–Five days ago, Cole Irvin pitched six beautiful innings at the Coliseum, shutting out the Kansas City Royals on two singles . Then, with Oakland leading 3-0, Salvador Pérez homered off the Oakland southpaw, followed by singles by Andrew Benintendi and Jorge Soler.

Yusmeiro Petit rode to Irvin’s rescue and retired the next two batters, but an error by Elvis Andrus, whose walk off single ended up winning the game for the A’s two innings later, opened the door for Benintendi to score KC’s second run of the inning.

In the next episode, Pérez blasted an encore home run off of Jake Diekman to tie the score, robbing Irvin of credit for what would have been his fifth win of 2021. His record had stalled at 4-7, 3.70.

Today, bolstered by the Oakland A’s (43-27) Ramón Laureano’s return to the line up, Irvin went for that fifth victory, facing the LA Angels (33-35), who sent Griffin Canning (5-4,5.22) to the mound.

Canning last saw action a week ago, when he held Kansas City to one run on five hits and two walks over 6-2/3 innings in a 6-1 victory over the Royals at Angel Stadium. Before today, he had a career record of 1-3, 4.88 against the green and gold. Last year, it was 0-2, 6.75.

There would be no win number five for the A’s lefty today. He left the game, trailing 4-2 with two men on and two down in the sixth. He had thrown 81 pitches, 55 for strikes, and surrender four runs, all earned on nine hits, including one homer.

He walked two and struck out two, and was on the hook for the loss. That went to Los Angeles’ Tony Watson after Oakland came back to defeat the fallen Angels 8-4..

The Angels gave Irvin a rude greeting. Justin Upton slammed his first pitch of the game up against the Kaiser Permanente sign between the 388 and 362 foot markers in right center field for a two base hit. He advanced to third on Shohei.

Ohtani’s ground out to Elvis Andrus, playing in the shift, and scored on Max Stassi’s single to left through a drawn in infield. Stassi went to second on another single to left, this one byo José Iglesias. Taylor Ward followed with yet another single to, you guessed it, left that brought Stassi home.

Jared Ward broke the monotony by sending a blast to deep left field, where Mark Canha made a spectacular leaping grab at the wall. Phil Gosselin drove in another run, scored by Iglesias with one more single, this one to center.

It looks as if the A’s might mount the start of a come back when Taylor Ward mishandled Matt Olson’s two out single to right and the A’s first baseman hustled to second, where umpire Mel Lentz called him safe. The umpires reviewing the play in New York called him out, Taylor to Stassi, covering.

The Angels padded their early lead with Ohtani’s 19th home run, a first pitch shot over the right field wall.

Laureano made two noteworthy catches in the top of the fourth. He made a long distance running catch of a liner off Lagares’s bat to open the inning and an excellent leap to pull Upton’s drive back from over the right center field fence to end the frame, the first one in which Irvin didn’t allow a runner to reach base.

In the A’s half of the inning, Laureano extended his stellar perormance, puting the Athletics on the board with a 404 foot blast on an 88 mph that left his bat at 107 mph before landing in the left field seats. It gave him an even dozen round trippers in his injury shortened season.

Irvin hung in there, benefiting from the Lefty Gomez method of successful pitching (clean living and a fast outfield) as the A’s slowly changed what looked like would be a rout into a ball glame.

Kemp walked with one down in the fifth and reached third on Aramis García’s seeing eye single to right and then scored when Canha beat out the relay from second on what would have been a double play for som without his hustle and speed. The scoreboard now read 4-2.

In the top of the sixth, Burch Smith took charge of Oakland´s pitching. He hurled 1-1/3 innings of perfect relief, earning himself his first win against no loses before turning the ball over to Sergio Romo, who pitched a 1,2, 3 top of the eigthth.

Canning was out of the game when the A’s next came to bat. He had worked five innings, in which he had yielded two earned runs on three hits, one of which went yard, two walks, and a hit batter. 45 of his 69 pitches were counted as strikes.

Canning’s replacement, Tony Watson, blew LA’s lead. He gave up back to back to back to back singles to Olson, Jed Lowry (batting for Moreland), Chapman, and Chad Pinder (recovered from his recent beaning and batting for Brown) that tied the game at four.

A conceded walk to Andrus, followed by Kemp’s single to center and the A’s were ahead 5-4, the bases were loaded, Watson was in the shower, and Steve Cishek was on the mound. His first pitch to García was a wild pitch, making the score 6-4.

Canha jrounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Andrus, and Laureano’s fly out to center moved Kemp to third, which ended Cishek’s failedattempt to stop the hemorage. José Suárez came in and struck out Lowrie to staunch the flow.

After Smith’s effective outing, Sergio Romo pitched a perfect eighth, giving way to Lou Trivino, who joined Smith and Romo in not having allowed anyone to reach base safely.

The A’s will resume play in the Bay Area on June 25 when they’ll take on the Giants in the first of a three game week end series at Oracle Park. After a day off, they’ll wrestle with the Rangers in another three game series and battle with Boston before taking off for Houston.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Will $12 billion price tag make City Council balk on A’s stadium? plus more A’s news

Artist rendering of the Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark. Oakland City Council will have meetings regarding approving the new ballpark on July 7th and a vote July 20th (photo from NBC Sports)

On That’s Amaury’s podcast:

#1 A $1 billion term sheet that showed the Oakland A’s price tag for the new Howard Terminal Ball Park was the initial figure but after infrastructure needs for development of the Howard Terminal and Jack London Square the price tag inflated for total developments to $12 billion.

#2 Amaury, how safe is the Howard Terminal footprint where the A’s ballpark? They have rail that surrounds the port area and it was reported to you first hand that it’s well known by the workers and contractors that have worked there that the ground is toxic radio active.

#3 Amaury, turning to the big series in Oakland with the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani brings with him the second highest home run total in the American League with 17 and he is just behind the Toronto Blue Jays Vladmir Guerrero who has 21.

#4 The A’s Matt Olson has been swinging the bats of late on Sunday he belted two home runs off of Kansas City Royals pitching and is leading the A’s with a .289 average.

#5 Tonight’s pitchers for game 2 of the series at the Coliseum the Angels will start Andrew Heaney (4-3 ERA 4.37) and for the A’s Frankie Montas (6-6 ERA 4.37) a 6:40pm first pitch.

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

A’s rally early Halos try comeback falls short 8-5

The Oakland A’s Sean Murphy (right) gets a forearm bash from teammate Mitch Mooreland (left) after Murphy’s solo homer in the second inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Mon Jun 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles. 5. 14. 1

Oakland. 8. 9. 0

By Lewis Rubman

Monday, June 14, 2021

OAKLAND–Baseball people are fond of saying, “It’s not who you play, but when you play them.”

That certainly was the case for the Athletics as they opened their four game series against the LA Angeles tonight. The Oaklanders, at 40-27, took the field a baker’s dozen games over .500, in first place in the AL West by two games over Dusty Baker’s Double Dirty Dozen by two games.

The Angels, at 33-32, were just hint above the break even point. But both teams were 9-2 (.818) in June, which put them level with Milwaukee for the best mark in the majors so far this month. The green and gold’s hitting has improved, and the team entered the day with a collective BA of .274, which, although probably helped by the threatened crack down on illegal pitches, still is fifth in the league, all of whose hitters received the same boost.

Oakland´s pitching, too, in spite of the sporadic melt downs it’s suffered, has been excellent recently. The rotation entered the fray with the lowest ERA in the majors, 2.32, and the figure for the entire pitching staff is the second best in the league, 2.85.

The team’s run differential had improved from a pre-June minus 11 to a pleasing plus 32 so far this month. On the negative side, the A’s have been outperformed in head to head encounters with their division rivals, against whom they have gone 10-13, but they’ve beaten Los Angeles in six of their 11 meetings so far.

Sean Menaea has been a valuable contributor to Oakland’s recent surge. The 29 year old southpaw gave up a paltry two hits over the 15 innings he had hurled earlier in the month and only two runs on 16 hits in the 16-2/3 innings he pitched over his last four starts, two of which were in Anaheim in games and were no decisions (each team eventually won one them).

He threw 111 pitches in each of his last two starts, a complete game shutout in Seattle on June 2 and six frames of two hit scoreless baseball against Arizona here at the Coliseum a week later. He took the mound with a season’s record of 5-2, 3.09.

Manaea’s opposite number, right hander Dylan Bundy, took some pretty awful numbers, 1-6, 6.16, to be exact, into the game with him. From looking at Bundy’s 2021 numbers you wouldn’t think of him as a top of the rotation kind of guy, but that’s no reason not to take him seriously.

In 2011, he was, at the age of 18, the Orioles’ first round draft choice, the fourth overall. Last year, he finished ninth in the voting for the Cy Young Award in the AL, and teammates voted him the best performing pitcher on the Halos’ staff. He finished that abbreviated season with marks of 6-3, 3.29 .

While neither pitcher was at the top of his game, Bundy’s performance was frankly bad, and Manaea showed grit in holding Los Angeles to one run in his team’s 8- 5 win over the visitors.

It was Juan Lagares, hitting all of .223, who put the Angels ahead in the second inning, driving Manaea’s first pitch to him, a 91 mph sinker, over the right field scoreboard with one out and nobody on. It wasn’t as if Lagares’s round tripper, his first of the year, was the result of a single mistake by the A’s starter.

He had left the bases loaded in the first, and there were runners on the corners when he finally escaped the second without allowing another run. By then, he pitch count was up to 50.

And it was Sean Murphy, giving the lie to his BA of .208, whose seventh homer of the season put the A’s on top. It drove in Mitch Moreland, whose single to left was the thousandth hit of the A’s DH’s career. Murphy’s blast came on an 0-1 89 mph four seamer, clearing the right center field wall at the 388 foot marker.

An inning later, Tony Kemp blasted a double into the right field ccorner with Mark Canha, the human bull’s eye who’d led off the inning getting hit by a pitch, on first. Canha crossed the plate and Kemp reached third when Taylor Ward mishandled the rebound for an error.

Moments later, Olson’s sacrifice fly to right brought in Kemp, Oakland’s second tally of the frame and fourth of the game. A walk to Lowrie and Chapman’s double to left put men on second and third, and Moreland’s 1,001st hit skipped under second baseman David Fletcher’s glove, driving in both runners, giving the A’s a 6-1 advantage and ending Bundy’s short evening’s work.

James Hoyt took over but didn’t take charge. Murphy singled to left, moving Moreland up a base. After Brown forced Murphy at second, Moreland taking third, Elvis Andrus punched a single into right, bringing Moreland home. Canha, in his second plate appearance of the inning, walked to load the bases. At long last, Kemp went down swinging.

Bundy’s ugly line was seven runs, all earned, on five hits, including one hoe run, two walks, and a hit batter. He threw 59 pitches. He was credited with 38 strikes and three strike outs.

His ungainly ERA rose to 6.98, and he left the game on the hook for the loss. Hoyt hung around until he hit Sean Murphy with a pitch to open the home fifth. He was yanked in favor of Alex Claudio, who promptly surrendered a double down the left field line to Chad Pinder, hitting for Brown.

That closed the book on Hoyt, who went 1-2/3 innings and was charged with one run, which was earned, on two hits, two walks, and a hit batter. He also struck out two Athletics. He threw 40 pitches; 18 were balls.

Whenever a team bats around, there’s always a danger that its pitcher will go stale on the bench, especially if he’s been having trouble like that which Manaea had been experiencing. But Manaea, even if he didn’t keep the Angels off the bases in the fourth, kept them off the board, stranding two but not permitting anyone to cross the plate.

He lasted until there were two out in the top of the sixth, when Fletcher lashed his 104th pitch into left for a double. They say you can judge a pitcher by how well he does when he doesn’t have all of his stuff. By that standard, Manaea showed himself an ace. He held the halos to one run on nine hits, including one long ball, and issued only one passport. 40 of his offerings were balls. He deserved the victory that brought his record to 6-2, 2.99.

His replacement, Burch Smith, struck out Justin Upton in the sixth but was ineffective in the seventh, coughing up three runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter, getting only two outs. Sergio Romo came in to save his bacon with runners on first and second and a reduced lead of 8-4. But Romo allowed a single to Fletcher, and he was hanging on to a three run advantage when he finally struck Upton out to end the threat.

There was a certain amount of excitement in the A´s half of the seventh, when Junior Guerra, who had relieved Claudio in the sixth, hit Murphy with a pitch to open the frame, balked him to second, and then plunked Pinder before getting Andrus to fly out to right and getting Canha to hit into an around the horn DP.

Jake Diekman held the Angels at bay in the eighth, and after Guerra wiggled out of trouble in the A’s half of the inning, Lou Trivino took over, looking for his 11th save. He got it, setting the halos down in order.

Tomorrow the 15th, it will be Frankie Montas (6-6, 3.47) going against Andrew Heaney (4-3, 4.37) at 6:40.

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s show resilience take three of four from Royals

Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt is having himself quite a season picking up his seventh straight win on Sun Jun 13, 2021 with a win over the Kansas City Royals at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Oakland A’s (40-27) showed no signs of giving up in this series the A’s have won nine of their last 11 games and took three of four from the Kansas Royals (30-34) for a 6-3 victory at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday.

#2 Once again the A’s proved attacking early putting up runs early and getting good pitching in the later innings wins in Sunday’s game as they scored once in the first, twice in the second and once again in the third.

#3 In the series guys that have been having some good at bats , Mark Canha, Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and like you said Ramon Laureano is coming soon..

#4 Tony Kemp has been on base and was walked three times on Sunday he’s also helped out in the series with some solid base running.

#5 Barbara, Shohei Otani and the Los Angeles Angels (33-32) are back at the Oakland Coliseum to open up a series with the A’s on Monday night. starting pitcher for the Angels Dylan Bundy (1-6 ERA 6.16) and for the A’s Sean Manaea (5-2 ERA 3.09).

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

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