That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Kapler takes anthem protests one game at a time; Can A’s improve attendance as Astros and Red Sox pay a visit to Coliseum

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler takes a stroll to the Giants dugout after making a pitching change in the top of the eighth inning against the New York Mets on Mon May 23, 2022 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Gabe Kapler San Francisco Giants manager made headlines when he said he would not be on the field for the national anthem but made an exception for the Memorial Day game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

#2 The Oakland A’s continue to suffer at the gate their draws have been around 8,000 plus tops and bottoming out around 3,000 on a Thursday night against the Texas Rangers.

#3 What a week for the Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani on Sunday Ohtani homered twice, but the Angels lost by just a run in a slugfest against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Big A in Anaheim 11-10 in a back and forth game. No doubt Ohtani is doing it all this season for the Halos.

#4 There is no doubt Amaury that the Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham who returned from his three day suspension on Monday and San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson as strange as that situation is Pham felt that Pederson cheated in Fantasy Football and Pham said there was a lot of money at stake and hence the bad blood between the two. How dangerous is a situation like this when there is money lost between players and they have to play together professionally.

#5 Amaury, talk about the warm pitched that bounced that was thrown by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Michael Lorenzen one of the warm up pitches went up and hit teammate catcher Kurt Suzuki in the neck. Suzuki was helped off the field but once in the dugout passed out on Saturday night. Suzuki went to the hospital and a few hours later returned to the ballpark and said he was available to play the next day in Sunday’s game.

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

Preview of A’s series with Los Angeles Angels starts Friday night at the Big A

Every time the Los Angeles Angels win a game the halo shines on the Big A scoreboard in Anaheim. The visiting Oakland A’s will try and prevent that from happening on Fri May 20, 2022 as the A’s and Angels open a three game series. (file photo from Wikipedia)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (16-24) are going to the Big A in Anaheim to face the Los Angeles Angels (24-16) for three games this weekend. The A’s and Angels have been opponents since 1961 when the Angels entered the American League as an expansion team.

The A’s were in Kansas City at that time, but since 1968, they have become intrastate rivals. There is a natural rivalry between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area. The two areas compete for economic as well as political power.

The sports teams also reflect the rivalry. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have been in California since both teams moved to California in 1958. The Dodger-Giant rivalry has been in existence since their days in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Since 1968, not including this year, the A’s and Angels have played 832 games.

The A’s own the advantage 450-382, a winning percentage of .541. The A’s have made the playoffs six times since 2012. The Angels’ only appearance in the same period was in 2014. They lost in the AL Divisional round.

Things have changed in 2022. The A’s are in a rebuild mode. The A’s have revamped their lineup. Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Mark Canha, Sean Manaea, Chris Bassitt, Yusmeiro Petit, Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, and Yan Gomes are no longer with the club.

The A’s team batting average is one point below the Mendoza line. The team payroll is about 48 Million dollars, the second-lowest in Major League Baseball.

The A’s are 16-24 for the season. They are 6-14 at home and 10-10 on the road. The A’s are in fifth place in the AL West and trail the first-place Houston Astros by nine games.

The Angels are 24-16 and are just one game behind the Astros in the AL West. They are 12-7 at home and 12-9 on the road. The Angels have two MVPs on their roster. Their star centerfielder Mike Trout has won three MVPs so far in his career.

Shohei Ohtani won the MVP last year. Ohtani is a player that should be on every fan’s must-see list. Ohtani is hitting. 253 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs. He leads the team in that category. As a starting pitcher, Ohtani is 2-3 with an ERA of 2.81. Trout is hitting .320 with 11 dingers and 23 RBIs.

The Angels have other stellar performers in their lineup. Rightfielder Tayor Ward has been a surprise this season. Ward is hitting .375 with nine big flies and 23 knocked in. Third Baseman, Anthony Rendon, has hit five balls out of the park and has 21 ribbies.

Other key performers are first baseman Jared Walsh and left-fielder Brandon Marsh. Walsh is hitting .248, with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. Marsh has an average of .282 with four homers and 22 RBIs. If they hope to get into the win column this weekend, the A’s pitchers will have to be at the top of their game.

The A’s Seth Brown leads Oakland with 18 RBIs. The A’s feature young players like Cristian Pache, Kevin Smith, and Sean Murphy in their lineup. Their veterans include journeymen like Chad Pinder, Tony Kemp, Stephen Piscotty, Christian Bethancourt, and Seth Brown.

The A’s bullpen has been remade. There are lots of new names out there. Pitchers like Justin Grimm, Kirby Snead, Sam Moll, and Domingo Acevedo. Last year’s closer, Lou Trivino, has been replaced by Dany Jimenez. Trivino has to regain his confidence if he hopes to get back as the closer.

The A’s will not be facing Ohtani or Noah Syndergaard this weekend. The Angels will use Chase Silseth on Friday, Michael Lorenzen on Saturday, and Patrick Sandoval on Sunday. The A’s pitchers will be Paul Blackburn on Friday and Frankie Montas on Saturday. The A’s have not announced a starter for Sunday’s game.

The A’s would love to spoil the Angels’ weekend. They will have to grind out the wins if they can. It won’t be easy, but as they say in baseball, you never know what will happen.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s simply are missing the hitting; Failure to score is keeping A’s in loss column

The Oakland A’s Ramon Laureano steals third base in the bottom of the fifth inning of Sun May 15, 2022’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s have been thin on scoring runs in recent games. (AP News photos)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas has had some great outings but took another loss on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels 4-1. The A’s simply have not been able to provide enough offense against a team like the Angels.

#2 Onto Montas his line impressive six innings, four hits, two earned runs, one walk, and 12 strikeouts. He’s been consistent keeping runners in check and hitters off balance.

#3 The A’s host the Minnesota Twins tonight opening up a three game series here at the Coliseum. The Twins have won five out if their last ten games maintain first place in the AL Central and have a three game lead over the second place Cleveland Guardians.

#4 Amaury, in other baseball news speaking of not getting any run support Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene went 7.1 innings, no hits and nine strikeouts and reliver Art Warren pitched two thirds of an inning walking the Pittsburgh Pirate Rudolfo Castro who eventually scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the eighth as the Pirates were no hit but won the game 1-0.

#5 Amaury, The Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox were the first game to be postponed in the 2022 season. There were multiple Covid 19 positive tests within the Guardian organization which included manager Tito Francona the Guardians are scheduled to face Minnesota Twins Friday night for three games.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for flagship station 1010 KIQI Le Grande San Francisco and does News and Commentary podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Ohtani puts the clamps on A’s in 4-1 Halos win at Coliseum

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani gets around on a Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas top of the first inning pitch for a home run at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun May 15, 2022

By Jerry Fetielberg

The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani connected for the second game in a row for a home run at the Oakland Coliseum to help pace the Angels past the Oakland A’s 4-1 on Sunday afternoon as the Angels took three out of four games in the series.

Ohtani who hit his 100th career homer on Saturday’s second game of a doubleheader becoming the third Japanese born player to accomplish such a record knocked out his eighth home run of the season a real rip 425 feet into the right field Coliseum stands.

Angels manager Joe Maddon was impressed by the length of the Ohtani blast and said not too many people can hit a ball off A’s starter Frankie Montas like that, “That had some great hang time to it,” Maddon said. “Not many people hit Montas but I don’t know, that was 97 mph elevated and he got all of it. When he’s starting to get to that, heads up.”

Angels starter Patrick Sandoval contributed big in his performance getting into the sixth inning with one out surrendering four hits and just one earned run. Sandoval in his last two outings got touched up but against the A’s line up on Sunday he had his control and helped the Angels go 11 games over the .500 mark in the AL West.

Sandoval also improved his ERA dropping it to 1.91 he walked four batters but was able to get out of some close calls leaving runs aboard after the first three innings. Sandoval cut it really close leaving runners in scoring position four different times.

Ohtani was walked intentionally to the sound of the Coliseum crowd booing many of who were wearing Angels red jerseys this coming after Montas had got two out and gave up a top of third inning lead off triple to leadoff hitter Taylor Ward.

The A’s were 0-11 while leaving men on second base, the A’s ended Sandoval’s shutout in the bottom of the third inning when A’s catcher Sean Murphy hit into a ground out RBI. Montas had his pitches working despite the loss going six innings giving up four hits and two earned runs, walking one and striking out 12 Angels batters.

The Minnesota Twins (20-15) are a team that have presence and they come to the Coliseum to open a three game series on Monday night the Twins will be starting right hander Chris Archer (0-1 ERA 4.43) going up against the A’s lefthander Zach Louge (2-1 ERA 1.35) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

Barrera’s walk-off homer helps A’s earn doubleheader split with Angels; A’s win 4-3, lose 9-1

The Oakland A’s Luis Barrera connects for a right field walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in the front game of a doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat May 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Luis Barrera hit a dramatic walk-off home run for Oakland in game one, and Shohei Otani reached a unique milestone in game two for the Los Angeles Angels, as the AL West teams split a doubleheader Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Athletics won the first game 4-3, while the Angels took the nightcap 9-1. Oakland is in fourth place in the AL West at 15-21, while the Angels are in second place with a record of 23-13.

GAME 1
Athletics 4, Angels 3In the bottom of the ninth, Raisel Iglesias (1-1) was called upon by Los Angeles to preserve the Angels’ 3-1 lead, and promptly retired pinch hitter Seth Brown and Sean Murphy on outfield flyouts.

Ramon Laureano doubled to right-center, followed by a walk issued to Christian Bethancourt. Barrera homered 373 feet to right field, ending the game and atoning for a throwing error in the eighth that allowed the Angels’ third run.

The Angels scored two runs in the top of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie. Anthony Redon hit a run-scoring single to left, and Andrew Velazquez also hit an RBI single to left. Mike Trout, who was intentionally walked, scored on the play after Barrera’s throwing error.

Oakland tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh on Jed Lawrie’s RBI single to center, scoring Laureano, who opened the inning with a double.

Barrera’s heroics made Lou Trivino (1-2) the winning pitcher. Trivino worked the final 1/3 of the ninth inning, logging one strikeout. A’s starter Paul Blackburn went 6 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Angels starter Jhonathan Diaz worked 4 2/3 innings, giving one hit and four walks with four strikeouts. Reliever Aaron Loup was charged with a blown save.

Laureano had two of Oakland’s five hits. Brandon Marsh was 3-for-4 for Los Angeles.

GAME 2
Angels 9, Athletics 1

Shohei Ohtani hit his 100th career home run in the top of the fifth inning off A’s starter Adam Oller (0-3). By hitting his seventh home run of the season, Ohtani became the second MLB player to hit 100 home runs as a hitter and strike out 250 hitters, joining only Babe Ruth.

Ohtani also became the third Japanese-born MLB player to hit 100 home runs, joining Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki.

Oller was rung up for eight earned runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. Justin Grimm and Adam Kolarek also pitched in relief for the A’s.

Michael Lorenzen (4-2) held the A’s to one earned run on five hits and one walk, with three strikeouts. Angels leadoff hitter Taylor Ward was 3-for-3 with a double and his eighth home run of the season, along with five runs batted in.

The two teams wrap up their weekend series on Sunday afternoon. Patrick Sandoval (1-1, 2.03) starts for the Angels, while the A’s counter with Frankie Montas (2-3, 3.77). First pitch is set for 1:07 p.m. PDT.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The Year of the Angels? Series with A’s at Oakland this weekend

The Los Angeles Angels scoreboard at the Big A in Anaheim shows one out in the top of the ninth with the Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Kiermaier at the plate during Angel pitcher Reid Detmers No-hitter on Tue May 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

The Year of the Angels? Series with A’s At Oakland this Weekend

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

OAKLAND–Could this be the year of the Angels? On Tuesday at Angels Stadium their 22-year-old lefty Reid Detmer pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 12th no-no in the history of the Angels. The rookie had no words to describe his feat. So far, it looks like this could be their year. It is early in the season and I still believe the Houston Astros are the team to beat in this division.

Noah Syndergaard, the ex-Mets starter, looks as good as the $21 million one-year contract he got from the Anaheim team, but their lineup is really most menacing.

There is no rest for pitchers against this lineup, with Brandon Marsh, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Jared Walsh, one after the other, they all pack a punch. Their pitching rotation is doing well and if they can maintain any type of respectable pitching this team will be in the race all season long.

The biggest enemy for the LA Angels? Injuries. They have two of the best players in the world in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and then one of the best all-around third basemen in Anthony Rendon, very underrated as an all-around player. These guys are irreplaceable. Especially because this organization doesn’t have much ready in the minor leagues.

Jo Addell, whom the Angels expected this season to blossom into the star outfielder he can be, has not done it so far. He was recently sent to the minor leagues for more seasoning. Late in April they officially designated veteran outfielder Justin Upton for assignment, as a team will honor all the $28 million he is owed this season.

Two months into the season, the Los Angeles Angels are clicking on all cylinders and their leader Mike Trout (who was hurt most of last season) is hungry to take his team to the postseason. The last time they made the playoffs was in 2014.

In their 61 seasons, they’ve been in the playoffs a total of 10 times. In 2002 under manager Mike Scioscia (pre dating these players of today) they beat the Giants and won the World Series.

But this current Angels crew has never experienced such a thing. During their 2021 season their three-time MVP Mike Trout only played in 27 games due to injury (ironically 27 is also his famous number).

Shohei Ohtani is a tremendous athlete, the only two-way star player currently in baseball, and the most famous since… Babe Ruth. However, this is Trout’s team, he is the leader by example, great talent, and professionalism.

I was calling the game for the Angels on FSW when Mike Trout made his major league debut. He was called to replace Peter Bourjos in center field. That night (July 8, 2011) Mike Trout made his debut, started the game in center field, and hit in the ninth position, he went 0 for 3.

During his first season, he struggled and played a total of 40 games. Next year, when he started 2012 ‘from scratch’ in Spring Training with an opportunity, he seized it and has been their All-Star center fielder ever since.

There is nothing Mike Trout cannot do on the field. The LA Angels need a healthy Mike Trout all year long, not only because of his productivity, but he is the soul of this team, and as Trout goes so do the Angels. By the way, Mike Trout was the 25th pick in the 2009 draft.

Beginning Friday at the Oakland Coliseum. Friday 6:40, Saturday DH/1:07, and 6:40. and Sunday 1:07. The most improved Minnesota Twins will follow for a 3-game series beginning on Monday and ending on Wednesday, before the A’s pack and go on the road again.

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Twins Sano to have knee surgery; Ohtani to pitch Thursday at Fenway Park; plus more

The Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano charges first base on a Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Lowe ground ball in first inning action at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg on Sat Apr 30, 2022. The Twins announced that Sano will be on the IL due to having knee surgery (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, we’ll start tonight talking about the Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano who will need knee surgery the Twins have said that they have no idea when he will be returning. Sano is going into surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. Sano has been on the team 10 day IL since Monday night.

#2 The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani has had to go through all sorts of pains and injuries including have Tommy John surgery two years ago. Ohtani hit a ninth inning double on Sunday and he slowed down his running and left the game but is expected to be back on the mound to pitch against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Thursday night in the last game of that three game series.

#3 Another player has join the Coivd 19 IL the Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto who has been put on the list as a precautionary measure and is day to day according to Reds manager David Bell. Votto who was a six time all star was hitting just .122.

#4 The Chicago Cubs left handed pitcher Drew Smyly who is on bereavement was replaced by Robert Gsellman who was called up from the Cubs minor league Triple A Iowa club. Gsellman was 0-1 ERA 3.77 with the Mets last season.

#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will be offering backdrop events in two venues for the 2022 All Star Game one location at LA Live in downtown and the other at Santa Monica Pier which are 18 miles apart from each other. “No city and no city’s fans have supported their team like the Dodgers’ fans have,” said Dodgers team president Stan Kasten.

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Major League Baseball locks out tonight; MLB clubs dealing before window closes

Former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, left, puts the tag on Atlanta Braves’ Eddie Rosario on an attempted steal during game 5 of the NLCS Oct 21, 2021. Seager joins the Texas Rangers after signing with them on Mon Nov 29, 2021 (AP file photo)

On That’s Amaury:

#1 Amaury the window is closing as the lockout deadline is approaching and tonight this will be the last day of doing business as tonight at midnight Major League Baseball will enter it’s first work stoppage since the unforgettable 1994 baseball strike.

#2 MLB teams are on the move and trying to clean house before the work stoppage kicks in tonight the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers are no exception last night dealing shortstop Corey Seagar to the Texas Rangers a ten year deal worth $325 million and on Sunday the Rangers signed second baseman Marcus Semien for seven years at $175 million, Semien played for the Toronto Blue Jays last season.

#3 Former Dodger pitcher Max Scherzer will be throwing for the New York Mets he signs a three year deal for $130 million. Scherzer was 15-4 ERA 2.46. Talk about how much of an addition he will be for the Mets.

#4 Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray will be joining the Seattle Mariners Ray and the M’s agreed on a five year $115 million deal and with Ray’s experience and accomplishments both will be expecting big things. Ray was 13-7 ERA 2.84 last season for the Blue Jays.

#5 Former Los Angeles Angel Alex Cobb will join the San Francisco Giants details of an agreement has not been disclosed on Monday night. Cobb was 8-3 with an ERA 3.76, he’s 34 years old how much do you see him helping the Giants in 2022?

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary for exclusive coverage of the Major League Baseball lockout 2021 at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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.