Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: No broken jaw, teeth alignment needed for Twins Farmer; Umpire hit in head by ball sent to hospital; plus more

Minnesota Twins Kyle Farmer hits the deck after getting hit in the jaw by a Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito at Target Field in Minneapolis. Farmer will need to have his teeth realigned according to Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. photo by USA Today)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Minnesota Twins shortstop Kyle Farmer was hit in the jaw by Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito who threw a 91.6 MPH pitch. Farmer was laid out and had to get help up and was able to walk with assistance to the Twins clubhouse. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after the game Wednesday that Farmer will need to get his teeth realigned, Farmer had to have a laceration closed and was very lucky to avoid getting a broken jaw.

#2 MLB second base umpire Larry Vanover was hit in the head by a ball that was was thrown by Cleveland Guardians shortstop Andres Gimenez who intended to throw to home plate after the New York Yankees Kyle Higashioka hit it to Gimenez. Vanover was removed for the game for precautions and was taken to a local hospital for observation.

#3 A group called Big League Utah wants a big league expansion team in downtown Salt Lake City. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he would like to have 32 teams in the majors. Salt Lake City is one of three other cities who want an expansion team Nashville, Portland, and Charlotte. Oakland and Tampa Bay do not look like they’ll be getting stadium soon and they could be looking for a place to move to.

#4 Jessica, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to run away with it they picked up their 12th straight win against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon 9-2. The Rays remain unbeaten through 12 games. The Rays are getting the hitting, today they opened up in the bottom of the first with three runs and got good starting pitching from Rays starter Taj Bradley.

#5 The Los Angeles Angels have banned a beat writer who was on the Angels radio show “Beat Reporters Round Table.” Angels team president John Carpino wanted Athletic beat writer Sam Blum barred from coming back on the show because he was too critical of the Angels. The Angels are currently a .500 team. Carpino said that he was banned because he was too negative on the show and the show is supposed to be an upbeat program.

Join Jessica Kwong for Headline Sports Wednesday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

MLB podcast with Charlie O: It just continues to get worse for A’s; It just keeps getting better for Rays

Tampa Bay Rays Randy Arozarena with folded arms is hitting .359 with two home runs and 11 RBIs one of the top hitters in the Rays line up (@RaysBaseball photo)

On the MLB podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie O, it’s the tale of two teams one team the Oakland A’s are predicted to have a even rougher and tougher season than their 102 loss season and it’s not getting off to a great start either with a loses starting to mount now sitting on a 2-8 start of 2023.

#2 The other team that’s already getting lots of props the Tampa Bay Rays who have won their first ten games defeating the Red Sox in their last game at Tropicana Field Monday night. The Rays have been getting both plenty of pitching and hitting defeating the A’s last Saturday and Sunday in landslide wins 11-0.

#3 Got to ask you have impressive it is for the Rays were in good company with the 1939 New York Yankees. The Rays had a nine game win streak scoring four or more runs going and needed four games to catch the 39 Yankees who have 13 straight wins scoring four or more runs it didn’t happen as the Rays topped the Sox by a run 1-0 on Monday for their tenth straight win.

#4 The Rays also got some top notch hitting Sunday from lead off hitter Brandon Lowe with four RBIs and two runs scored, Randy Arozarena who got two hits and an RBI. The Rays simply are the talk of baseball right now with their 10-0 record.

#5 Charlie, you’ve been around minor league baseball a time or two talk about the Los Angeles Angels affiliate on Sunday the Rocket City Trash Pandas who allowed a hit in a doubleheader and came away with a split. Three Panda pitchers combined for a seven inning no hitter against the Cincinnati Reds affiliate the Chattanooga Lookouts Sunday. The Pandas allowed seven runs in the top of the seventh, five walks, hit five batters, a run scoring wild pitch and a dropped fly ball with the bases loaded which would have been the final out.

#6 Atlanta catcher Travis D’Arnaud has been placed on the seven day injured list. D’Arnaud received a concussion after the San Diego Padres Rougned Odor collided with D’Arnaud at the plate in the Padres loss to the Braves 4-1 Saturday at Sun Trust Stadium in Cobb County. How much or how little did the Buster Posey rule play a part in this collision?

Charlie O does the MLB podcasts Sundays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s and Angels continue series Saturday at Coliseum; Fujinami makes his MLB debut

If you missed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani on the mound on Thursday you’ll have a chance to see him as designated hitter all weekend against the Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum Sat Apr 1 and Sun Apr 2. (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitrelberg

OAKLAND–Thursday, March 30th,2023, was the first day of the 2023 baseball season. Baseball fans, as well as the players, were eager to have baseball return. In 2022, the A’s and their fans suffered 102 losses. The guys in Green and Gold won just 60 games last year.

The fans were dismayed when the team traded away stalwarts like Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Sean Manaea, and Chris Bassitt. Ownership continued threatening to move the team to Las Vegas if a stadium could not be built in Oakland. The fans stayed away in droves as the A’s had the worst attendance of any team in Major League baseball.

Late last year’s season, the A’s made a trade, sending Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino to the New York Yankees for two lefties, Ken Waldichuk, and J.P.Sears. In the off-season, the A’s traded catcher Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves. The A’s acquired lefty Kyle Muller, who had been Atlanta’s number one prospect.

Muller started the season opener on Thursday for Oakland and did well. He went five innings and allowed four hits and one run. The A’s signed a right-handed pitcher who starred in the Japanese league, Shintaro Fujinami. Fujinami will pitch against the Angels on Saturday.

The A’s made a couple of key moves to strengthen the bullpen. They signed Trevor May and Jeurys Familia to go along with relievers Zach Jackson, Domingo Acevedo, and Dany Jimenez.

Other new faces that we’ll see playing this year include rookie Esteury Ruiz. Ruiz made a sensational catch in last night’s opener when he robbed Mike Trout of a potential extra-base hit. Aledmys Diaz was signed to a two-year contract. Diaz won a World Series ring last year with the Houston Astros—the A’s love his versatility, as Diaz can play three infield positions.

Another new player is first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar played for Miami and Baltimore last year. His batting average was .236, and he had 16 home runs. His best year was in 2018 with Milwaukee. He smoked 35 dingers that season. The A’s hope that Aguilar can add some power to the lineup. The A’s signed another former Milwaukee Brewer, Jace Peterson, to play third base.

The A’s have two more games with the Angels this weekend. The Angels have two players on the club that are MVPs. Mike Trout won the award three times, and two-way player Shohei Ohtani won the award in 2021. Ohtani could win another MVP and a Cy Young award as a pitcher.

The Angels, who have not been to the playoffs since 2014, have revamped their lineup, too. Their left fielder, Taylor Ward, has a lot of pop in his bat. Hunter Renfroe has sent quite a few baseballs over the fences in his days with Boston and Milwaukee. Brandon Drury is another power hitter. The Angels have former Yankee Gio Urshela as the shortstop. Another new face is catcher Logan O’Hoppe.

In his first full season as skipper, Angels manager Phil Nevin will send lefty Patrick Sandoval to the mound on Saturday to face the A’s. Fujinami will make his first start and Major League debut against the A’s. On Sunday, it will be a battle of lefties. Ken Waldichuk goes for Oakland, and the Angels will have Tyler Anderson on the mound.

One game doesn’t make a season. There is a long way to go. Most baseball pundits have picked Oakland to finish last in the AL West. The A’s are in the second year of a rebuild. This writer thinks the A’s can win about 75 games this season. Their pitching, starting rotation, and bullpen are improved.

They have veteran players like Tony Kemp. Ramon Laureano and Seth Brown have contributed in the past. If the new players have good seasons, the team should be better. Will the new rules help the A’s? No one knows yet, but many think the fans and the players will like the changes.

Thursday night’s game was played in two hours and 30 minutes. There should be more stolen bases, and more hits up the middle, and more hit-and-run plays. The A’s are tied for first place in the AL West. The fans should enjoy this while they can.

Join Jerry Feitelberg for the Oakland A’s podcasts Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s scratch out two runs in eighth to edge Ohtani and Angels 2-1 at Coliseum

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani throws against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning of an opening day at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland on Thu Mar 30, 2023 (AP News photo)

Los Angeles. 000010000. – 1. 5. 0

Oakland. 00000002x – 2. 6. 1

Time: 2:30

Attendance: 26,805

Thu Mar 30, 2023

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–The Oakland Athletics’ come from behind 2-1 win over the team from Anaheim the Los Angeles Angels was a pleasant surprise for fans of the green and gold.

Just yesterday, the A’s had traded an outfielder with excellent defensive capabilities who has yet to prove that he can handle major league pitching for a pitcher who has yet to prove that he can pitch successfully at the minor league level.

The for the moment home team gave up Cristián Pache, who last year ranked fifth in MLB outfielders in runs saved. He did this in 90 games, 70 of which he started, while fielding for a .995 percentage. At the plate, Pache hit .157 with an .417 OPS in his first, 68 game, stint and .200 (OPS, .614) in his 23 games after returning from his demotion to Las Vegas. He went .302 with an OPS of .781 while driving in eight runs over 21 spring training games before his trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. So there was a reasonable chance that he’d turned the corner as a hitter.

In exchange, Oakland acquired Billy Sullivan, a non-roster invitee to the Phillies’ spring training camp. While there, he pitched three games for Philadelphia, all in relief, giving up eight earned runs in two innings, giving him an ERA of 36.00. Last year he started two games and relieved in another 42 for Reading in the Eastern League. Although his won-lost record was 5-1 (plus a couple of saves), his ERA was 4.59, and the on base percentage of his AA class opposing hitters was .744 . No wonder he had been signed as an undrafted free agent.

The Athletics front office is not incompetent. They know that there’s not much of a chance that the Coliseum A’s ever will have another presentable won-lost record. They’re building a team for their sparkling new stadium in Howard Terminal or Las Vegas, paid for with tax payers’ money. Sullivan is a year younger than Pache, giving him an extra year in which he can develop before being expected to show results. We’ll see ….

Meanwhile, the A’s announced their opening day roster. Right hander Adrián Martínez, who pitched for Mexico in this spring’s World Baseball Classic, and catcher Carlos Pérez were promoted from Las Vegas. Another right-handed pitcher, Chad Smith, and infielder Kevin Smith were optioned to the Aviators. Paul Blackburn, Drew Rucinski, and Manny Piña went on the 10 day injured list, and Freddy Tarnok was put on the 15 day IL Southpaw hurler Kirby Snead is on the list for 60 days.

The disparity in yesterday’s trade was reflected in this afternoon’s starting pitchers.

The visiting Los Angeles Angels sent the MVP of the World Baseball Classic to the mound to open their season. Shohei Ohtani put Japan ahead of the USA in the top of the ninth in the final game and then capped things off with a six pitch strike out of Angels teammate Mike Trout to win the game and the tournament for Samurai. He went 15-9, 2.33 for the Halos last season, and was unscored upon in his one spring training mound appearance this preseason.

The A’s chose to go with Kyle Muller, a 25 year old lefty who can boast of twelve big league appearances, 11 of them starts. He was ranked as the Braves’ top prospect when then sent him to Oakland as part of the three team, nine player swap that sent Sean Murphy to the Braves.

The rookie throws a fast ball in the mid to high 90s, a good curve that comes in at about 10 mph less, and an 87 or so mph slider. He also throws an occasional change up. He did not have impressive numbers in spring training, going 1-3, 6.50 with aWHIP of 1.889.

Muller started off in fine fettle, setting down the side in order by fanning Taylor Ward and Ohtani on either side of a lovely diving catch by Estuary Ruíz of Mike Trout’s fly to right center. Gil Urshela, leading off the top of the third with a single to left, was the first Angel reach base against the rookie.

Things got dicier for Muller in the Angels’second time around the lineup. His control, which has been a problem in his short career, seemed to have deserted him when he walked Trout on four pitches and then threw a ball to Ohtani, who then lined a single just past the glove of a diving Tony Kemp and into right field for a single that advanced Trout top second.

But the youngster showed his maturity, getting Anthony Renton to sly out to Seth Brown in left, Hunter Renfroe to line out to the spot, and indcuing Luis Rengifo to ground into a 6-4 force out The game remained a scoreless tie after 3-1/2 innings of play.

Oakland first touched Ohtani for a safety when Aledmys Diaz smacked a one out single to right center and scurried to third on Brown’s double to deep left field, near the Budweiser sign. But Ohtani fanned Jesús Aguilar and blew a 100.7 mph fast ball past Ramón Laureano to preserve the tie.

Los Angeles finally broke theat tie in the top of the fifth. After Brandon Drury grounded out to short, Kemp made a great grab of Gin Urshela’s smash up the middle and made an unwise off balance throw to first that allowed the Angel’s short stop to take second on the error. Logan O’Hoppe brought him home on a single to left center. But that was all the Angelinos could do; O’Hoppe was wiped out by the pitchers’ best friend, second to first.

That proved to be the end of Muller’s highly satisfactory start. Zach Jackson relieved him to open the visitors’ sixth. Muller had thrown five innings and allowed one run, which was ruled as earned, although I question that decision. He surrendered four hits and a walk and also threw one wild pitch.

His pitch count was 72, 44 for strikes. Jackson kept the Angels off the board in the sixth before giving way to Doomingo Acevedo, who entered the fray to hurl a perfect top of the seventh, followed by Trevor May in the eighth, who was the victim of an infield single and stolen base by Taylor Ward but wigged out of the situation by granting an intentional pass to Ohtani and fanning Rendon.

After throwing 93 pitches,, 55 of which qualified as strikes, over six innings Ohtani left off pitching to become the designated hitter. He had held the A’s scoreless on two hits and three walks while striking out ten. Jimmy Herget relieved him, and then passed the baton on to Aaron Loup for the home eighth. And that’s when Oakland knotted up the score. Ruíz led off with a sharp single to right, and Kemp drove him in with double to deep right center off a hanging curve.

Loup struck out a pinch hitting Brent Rooker but gave way to Ryan Lepera, who surrendered an RBI single to Díaz that put Oakland ahead, 2-1. Brown then singled to right, sending Nick Allen, running for Díaz to third. Brown then promptly stole second. Halo skipper Phil Nevin appealed the call, but New York upheld it. An intentional walk to Aguilar loaded the sacks, but Laureano grounded into a twin killing, second to first.

And so it fell to Dany Jiménez to try to stave off the Angels for the save. He struck out Rendon. He went to a full count on Rengifo before walking him. He went to a full count on Drury, who popped out to Nola, now playing first. Jiménez then went to a full count onUrshela. He sent a deep fly to right. Laureano caught it on the warning track.

The teams will have a day off Friday before returning to the Coliseum to celebrate April Fools’ Day Saturday with a 1:07 contest featuring portsider Patrick Sandoval, who labored on the mound for Mexico in the WBC, facing righty Shintaro Fujinama, who will be making his MLB debut.

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Jones joins Giants signs for $160 million; Red hot Knicks and Kings battle Thursday; plus more

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands off the ball to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP file photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong:

#1 The New York Giants were quite happy with signing quarterback Daniel Jones in a four year $160 million deal. The Giants likewise used their non exclusive franchise tag in signing running back Saquon Barkley for $10.09 million in the 2023 season.

#2 The red hot Sacramento Kings (38-26) will be hosting the red hot New York Knicks (39-27) Thursday night at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Both the Knicks and Kings have won nine of their last ten games. Both teams come into Sacramento having won their last game. The Knicks lost in over time to Charlotte on Tuesday and the Kings defeating New Orleans on Monday night.

#3 The Brooklyn Nets (37-28) picked up their fifth win in 11 games after defeating the Houston Rockets (15-50) on Tuesday night in Houston. The Nets had lost four straight games before winning these last three games including against the Rockets. Have they found their way after dealing Kevin Durant to Phoenix and Kyrie Irving to Boston.

#4 Two time Kansas City Royals All Star Lorenzo Cain has hung it up he will make it official by retiring as a Kansas City Royal this May when the team gives him a day at Kaufman Stadium. Cain is going to make the Hall of Fame came home and asked his two sons if he should hang it up and they both said they wanted him home.

#5 Jessica, were getting a little of everything this spring first the Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani so far in two games hit two three run home runs and hit a home run while on one knee for the Japanese baseball team. Also the New York Yankees Aaron Judge belted his first spring training home run a 347 foot blast and he did it on Monday night.

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

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