That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Red Sox wait for Astros or White Sox; Braves on the brink; Giants coming off some miracle pitching need one more

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (left) is Amaury’s pick for the 2021 Manager of the Year Award here he has a laugh with bench coach Tim Hyers (right) during game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays Sat Oct 9, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 The Boston Red Sox who have had their share of walk off wins now wait for their next opponent after getting a ninth inning walk off in their game four victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The Red Sox will face either the Houston Astros or the Chicago White Sox.

#2 The Houston Astros who have a 2-1 ALDS series lead over the Chicago White Sox tonight at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago need one more to advance to the ALCS and face the Boston Red Sox. But not before battling with Tony LaRussa’s White Sox. Chicago knows they have their backs to the wall against a very well prepared Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros.

#3 The Atlanta Braves have had just nothing short of great pitching in their last two games against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The Braves got two back to back shutouts by scores of 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series after the Brewers took game 1. The Brewers will be starting Eric Lauer a left hander against the Braves Charlie Morton in game five today at Trusit Park in Cobb County.

#4 The San Francisco Giants got their wins on shutouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers mighty line up. The Dodgers are without Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw during this NLDS did that handicap them? The Dodgers got an offensive outburst in game 2 with a 9-2 win against Giants starter Kevin Gausman. The Giants got shutouts out of pitchers Logan Webb and Alex Webb in games 1 and 2 but really depend on starter Anthony DeScafani who matches up against the Dodgers Tony Gonsolin in game four tonight at Dodgers Stadium.

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

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: A look at what turned a winning club to a struggling club

San Francisco Giant Donovan Solano who pinched hit and played shortstop on Tue Aug 24th in his last game before going on the Covid IL against the New York Mets at Citi Park in New York will be finishing up his quarantine in a New York hotel and could be joining the Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco this weekend during the Los Angeles Dodgers series (file photo from aroundthefoghorn.com)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, After losing four straight games and the first three games of the four game series to the Milwaukee Brewers the San Francisco Giants saw the Brewers on Wednesday night score in the earlier innings and the later innings meaning two in the second and two in the top of the ninth in a 5-2 three run loss.

#2 The loss also meant that after having the best winning record of 108 days since May 30th the tide has turned and the Giants who were in first in the NL West have slipped to second behind the Los Angeles Dodgers by a half game.

#3 Manager Gabe Kapler is not in panic mode but did say after last night’s game that he wants a change in position how concerned after going .500 losing five of their last ten does Kapler have to be.

#4 The Covid situation has snake bitten the team, could you update us on the status of the Giants Covid 19 Injured List consisting of pitcher Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto who returned on Wednesday, and Donavon Solano and hitting coach Justin Viele who are wrapping up their seven day quarantine in a New York hotel today. Also Evan Longoria took a cortisone shot how soon do you see his return?

#5 Michael if you had to put a finger on some the things that have gone wrong or what needs to be corrected for the Giants since they left the New York series last week losing two of three in Atlanta and coming back home and losing the first three games to the Brewers.

Join Michael Duca for the San Francisco Giants podcasts heard Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants lose 6-2, lead in NL West down to a half-game

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Lorenzo Cain reaches up for a San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt home run ball which cleared his glove and the fence in the bottom of the sixth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tue Aug 31, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-It seems like the San Francisco Giants went into a rut at the wrong time, especially with the National League Central leading Milwaukee Brewers still in town for the second game of the four-game series.

Helped out by three hits and two runs in the first inning, the National League Central leading Brewers made it two in a row with a 6-2 over the Giants before a crowd of 20,897 at Oracle Park.

This was the third loss in a row for the Giants, their first losing streak of three games or more since they lost four in a row June 27-July 1.

With the loss, coupled with the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium, the Giants lead over the Dodgers in the NL West drops to a half-game, the smallest lead for the Giants since it was a half-game on July 6.

Omar Navarez drove in the only run that the Brewers would need, as he singled off of Cueto to Willy Adames, who singled off of Cueto with one out in the inning. Christian Yelich then followed Adames with a single of his own, and the Brewers second run of the inning, came when Avisail Garcia grounded out for the second out of the inning to score Yelich from third base.

The first hard hit ball of the game came when Lorenzo Cain launched a solo home run into the left field bleachers, when he led off the top of the second inning, it was the sixth home run of the season for Cain.

Rowdy Tellez got in on the RBI parade in the top of the third inning, as he tripled to the opposite field over the head of Alex Dickerson to score Garcia, who was hit by a Cueto pitch with two outs in the inning.

Cueto then walked Jace Peterson, and then Cain made it two RBIs in as many at-bats, when he singled to score Tellez easily from third base.

It looked like Cueto was going to settle down in the top of the fourth inning, especially after he retired the first two batters of the inning; however, Yelich picked up his second hit of the night and then scored all the way from first base on a Navraez single (his second of the night) and moved to second, when Cuetos throw went by Brandon Belt at first base.

Garcia then singled to third base, and was able to reach safely and that was the end of the line for Cueto. Jose Quintana then made his Giants debut in an inauspicious way, as he threw a wild pitch that allowed Garcia to reach second base. Quintana then got out of the jam unscathed, as he got Tellez to ground out to end the inning.

Brandon Woodruff was outstanding for the Brewers, as he went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking three and striking out eight on his way to his ninth win of the season against seven losses.

Cueto ended up going 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits, walking two and striking out one, as he saw his record fall to 7-7 on the season.

After replacing Cueto, Quintana went 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit, walking one and striking out six and picked up an opposite field single.

LaMonte Wade, Jr., led off the bottom of the first inning with a double off of Woodruff, and asides from three walks between the first and sixth innings, the Giants next hit came with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Quintana singled to right field.

Brandon Belt got the Giants on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning, when he hit his 20th home run of the season and it was the 198th home run of the season for the Giants, who continue to lead the Major Leagues in home runs.

Belt joins Mike Yastrzemski as the two players who have topped the 20-home run plateau, as Yastrzemski leads the team with 21. Between the Chicago Cubs and the Giants, Kris Bryant has a total of 24; however, only six have come as a member of the Giants.

The Giants put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning Dickerson struck out to lead off the inning against Jake Cousins, who then walked both pinch-hitter Austin Slater and Wade; however, he got Belt to strikeout for the second out of the inning and then got out of the jam, when got Buster Posey to strikeout for the final out of the inning.

Posey went 0-for-4 on the night, striking out three times and over his 10 last games, Posey is 4-for-34, a .111 batting average.

Wilmer Flores tried to make a little bit more interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning, as he led off the inning by hitting a solo home run into the left field seats. It was the 17th home run of the season for Flores.

NOTES: Quintana was claimed off of waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, was activated prior to the game and Cueto was activated from the 10-day injured list.

To make room for Quintana and Cueto on the active roster, both pitcher John Brebbia and infielder Jason Vosler were optioned to Sacramento.

In their City Connect jerseys, the Giants lost for the first time and are 6-1 in the jerseys since they debuted them against the Washington Nationals on July 9.

Ron Wotus, the longest-tenured coach in Giants history and current third base coach announced prior to the game that he will be stepping from coaching at the end of the season. This is the 34th season for Wotus in the Giants organization.

I love this game. I love this team. I love the organization, Wotus said. Im grateful that Im in a position to do this. I’m going to miss it. It was not an easy decision by no means, but I just feel its time for me.

Wotus joined the big club in 1998, when he was hired by then manager Dusty Baker to be his third base coach and then moved to be the bench coach under Baker, Felipe Alou and Bruce Bochy from 1999-2017 before he moved back to being the third base coach in 2018. He was the only holdover when Gabe Kapler replaced Bochy after he retired in 2019.

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman goes for his 13th win of the season on Wednesday night, as he takes the mound for the Giants, while Brett Anderson goes to the mound for the Brewers, as he looks for his fifth win of the season.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s need to get hot to catch Yanks and Sox in AL Wild Card; Giants Covid problems continue Wood positive, Cueto flu symptoms

Oakland A’s Mark Canha was dropped from the leadoff spot to the seventh position of the A’s line up after hitting for a .151 average after the New York Yankees series over last weekend (San Francisco Chronicle file photo)

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

#1 Amaury, how much work do the Oakland A’s have in front of them after splitting the four game series with the New York Yankees over the weekend in their bid to sniff post season.

#2 The A’s are 5 1/2 games behind first place Houston Astros in the AL West and in the AL Wild Card they are 2 1/2 game back behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with a month left in the regular season the A’s have a huge task in front of them if they plan to get back into post season hunt.

#3 A’s leftfielder Mark Canha has been moved from the leadoff spot to the seven hole of the line up because his numbers have dwindled Canha is hitting .151 and said that when he’s off and getting o-fers it’s not a fun place to be. Canha said he needs to relax a little bit easier mentally.

#4 On other baseball news the San Francisco Giants had to switch out pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto Monday night because it was revealed that Wood had come down positive with Covid 19 and Cueto has the flu symptoms. Giants Donavon Solano and hitting coach Justin Viele are still back in a New York hotel quarantined after testing positive for Coronavirus.

#5 Cueto was scheduled to pitch on Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and with Wood out for Tuesday. Giants pitcher Jose Alvarez started on Monday for the Giants a big task after the Giants lost last Sunday in Atlanta 9-0 and opening up for four home games against another first place team like the Brewers.

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

Giants’ bats silent in 3-1 loss to the Brewers

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–The playoff atmosphere was present at Oracle Park on Monday night, but the Giants were minus a few, key pieces.

For the first time in 28 years, the Giants are exceptional, and so are their opponents. The Giants, Brewers and Dodgers are all more than 25 games above .500, setting up a week of playoff preview showdowns. Now, the dinged up Giants have to show they’re ready to answer the bell.

Instead of focusing in on the challenge of facing one of the NL’s premiere starters in Corbin Burnes, the Giants were preoccupied with making themselves whole heading up to the first pitch. Starting pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto were placed on the injured list with COVID complications, and both players saying they were likely experiencing effects from the virus. Reliever John Brebbia and Jason Vosler were recalled from Sacramento, and Jose Quintana, the 2016 All-Star with the Cubs was claimed off waivers from the Angels.

So for the second, straight game, the Giants were forced to turn to their bullpen from the start with Jose Alvarez as the starter, and Jarlin Garcia seeing the most activity. In all, seven Giants relievers took a turn and the Brewers essentially picked the group apart, scoring single runs in the first, second and eighth innings to pull out a 3-1 win.

Afterwards manager Gabe Kapler was philosophical, feeling that his bullpen group did what they could under difficult circumstances. He singled out Garcia, who went 3 2/3 innings, needing just 40 pitches to complete the stretch and keep the Giants within striking distance, down 2-0.

“It was a pretty impressive performance by Jarlin and the expectation is when he comes in after Alvarez, we need him to throw up zeroes,” Kapler said. “Alvarez, we expect him to throw up zeroes too. He wasn’t able to do that so you really need to stretch the next few guys in a bullpen game and Jarlin did just that for us.”

The Brewers won for the 80th time on the season, and the anticipation of what matchups may materialize in October were present in their minds throughout the evening.

“That was definitely a playoff atmosphere and something that could be foreshadowing of what we see in the postseason,” said Burnes, who cruised through six innings to pick up the win. “It’s always good to get the first one of the series. That was definitely a big one tonight.”

Burnes allowed just four hits and no walks. His first taste of adversity didn’t come until the seventh when he let the first two batters reach. But manager Craig Counsell turned to his bullpen and they shut the door after Brandon Crawford’s RBI single pulled the Giants within 2-1.

Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his 28th save.

The Giants saw their cushion in the NL West shrink to 1 1/2 games as the Dodgers handled the Braves in Los Angeles. Also, it’s no longer a foregone conclusion that the Dodgers or Giants will finish with the NL’s best record, not with the Brewers in the mix, and holding a commanding lead in the NL Central. That possibility gives pause to the playoff matchups that seem to have the two West Coast rivals on a collision course for October.

On Tuesday, the Giants are hopeful they will have Cueto available to start in a matchup with Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff.

Brewers Burnes silences Giants bats in 3-1 win at Oracle

Milwaukee Brewers starter Corbin Burnes throws to the San Francisco Giants line up in the bottom of the third inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–The NL West first place San Francisco Giants (84-47) owners of the best record in baseball have been slowly in meltdown they lost two out of three in Atlanta and opened Monday’s four game series against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers (80-52) with a 3-1 loss at Oracle Park.

The Giants ran into Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes who pitched into the seventh inning and had a shutout going until Brandon Belt doubled and Kris Bryant hit a single to get the Giants on the scoreboard and Burnes was lifted for reliever Brad Boxberger. At the time the run cut the Brewers lead in half 2-1.

Boxberger gave up a double to Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the seventh inning but that would be all the scoring the Giants would get for the rest of the game. In the bottom of the ninth Bryant hit a double off Brewers closer Josh Hader who pitched for his tenth scoreless appearance and picked up is 28th save.

The Giants had to scramble before Monday’s game, scheduled starter Johnny Cueto was a scratch because of flu like symptoms. Jose Alvarez started for the Giants. Alvarez lasted only 1.2 innings four hits and two runs. Giants pitcher Alex Wood who says he was experiencing headaches and a sore throat tested positive for the Coronavirus with no need to be hospitalized.

Starting pitchers for Tuesday night’s game for the Brewers Brandon Woodruff (8-7 ERA 2.38) and the Giants have have not announced a starter yet.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Charlie O: Giants face another first place team as Brewers open 3 game series tonight

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Rowdy Tellez (11) argues with umpire Jeremy Riggs as the Brewers come to Oracle Park in San Francisco tonight to open a four game series with the San Francisco Giants (USA Today file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie O Giants going well they have won eight of their last 11 games and when they got into Cobb County at Suntrust Park on Friday were met by a Atlanta Braves club that showed them why their a first place team taking the first game of the three game series 6-5.

#2 The Giants answered right back on Saturday getting a 5-0 shutout victory behind starter Logan Webb who pitched seven innings and gave up five hits. Webb had all his stuff working against the Braves line up on Saturday

#3 Sunday the Giants got shutout in a laugher 9-0 the Braves used five pitchers to accomplish the shutout.

#4 Charlie this is a Braves club that the Giants could very well end up meeting in the post season seeing the Braves at this juncture of the season does that give the Giants a leg up with one more month to go until the post season starts?

#5 Kris Bryant has been a huge help especially with the bat since he’s joined the Giants. The Giants would like him to sign on and stay with the club for next season but everything boils down to money and a good contract. How important do you see it for the Giants to have Bryant sign on and be at spring training for the Giants next season?

#6 The Giants will be facing another first place club the Milwaukee Brewers who hold a 7.5 game lead on the second place Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers have won five of their last ten as they pay a visit to the Giants at Oracle Park for the first of four games which starts tonight at 6:40pm PDT.

Charlie O is filling in for Morris Phillips who does the San Francisco Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants enter the defining stretch of their season: at Atlanta, home for Milwaukee and the Dodgers

By Morris Phillips

After today’s much-needed off day, the Giants play 16 games in 16 days, a stretch that will undoubtedly define their season that has them at 80-44, and in first place in the NL West.

What’s especially intriguing about the stretch is the “middle” 10 games against the Braves, Brewers and Dodgers–all three almost locks to qualify for the postseason just like the Giants. Each series will be a referendum on the Giants’ wildly successful formula thus far: can they continue to play home run ball against playoff-caliber pitching, and can their starting rotation stand up given the questions surrounding Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani and Johnny Cueto?

The series against the Dodgers will be the pair’s final regular season meetings. The season series is tied, 8-8 and each club will have just 25 games remaining after it concludes.

The Braves have won 15 of 17 and taken control of the NL East, leading by five games over the Phillies. The Giants will see two of the Braves’ best starters on Friday and Saturday in Max Fried and Drew Smyly.

The Brewers and Giants had an entertaining series in Milwaukee a couple of weeks back that saw the Giants pull out a couple of sneaky wins to capture that series. Since then, the Brewers have won 10 of 13 and still have a chance to capture the NL’s best won-loss record if the Giants or Dodgers falter.

The last seven games of the stretch–against the Brewers and Dodgers–will be at Oracle Park.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Diamondbacks and Giants open two game series Tuesday; Wood to start for SF

San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Wood gets the start on Tue Aug 10, 2021 at Oracle Park against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks (mercurynews.com file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Marko:

#1 The San Francisco Giants (71-41) open a two game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks (35-78) at Oracle Park in San Francisco Tuesday night. The last time the two teams met the Giants took three out of four from the D-Backs in Arizona.

#2 The Giants are coming off a winning series against the Milwaukee Brewers a tough first place customer in the National League Central. The Giants took two out of three from the Brewers over the weekend at Miller Park.

#3 The Diamondbacks last in the NL West some 36.5 games back of first place and have lost seven of their last ten games.

#4 Marko talk about the Giants designating Aaron Sanchez (1-1 ERA 3.06) for assignment and Steven Duggar .250 being optioned to Triple A Sacramento.

#5 The Diamondbacks will start Zac Gallen (1-6 ERA 4.62) and the Giants will go with Alex Wood (9-3 ERA 4.03) a 6:40pm first pitch at Oracle Park to open the two game series

Marko was filling in for Morris who does the Giants podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Handles Milwaukee 5-4; LaStella’s 8th inning gamer holds up in win

San Francisco Giants Tommy LaStella hits for a game winning RBI single in the eighth inning that stood up for the gamer against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee (AP News photo)

San Francisco Handles Milwaukee 5-4.

By Barbara Mason

Giants Friday and Saturday a look back:The San Francisco Giants (71-41) have really had their work cut out for them with the Milwaukee Brewers (66-46) going extra innings in the two games they have played with them so far. They lost the first one in ten innings 2-1 and won the second in eleven innings by the score of 9-6. Today they take on the Brewers in game three hoping to take the series in a timely manner and avoid anymore extra innings.

The Brewers sit atop their division in the National League Central with a 66-45 record. Yesterday with the win San Francisco reached the 70 win mark, the best in baseball right now. Today’s game promises to be yet another dogfight.

Giants recap Sunday: San Francisco got on the board early when Darin Ruf homered to give the Giants the lead 1-0. Not to be outdone the Brewers’ Omar Narvaez knocked a homer to center in the fourth inning with one on base taking the lead 2-1.

The Giants had a great opportunity in the sixth inning loading the bases but were only able to score one run still trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the inning. The Brewers extended their lead when Giant pitcher Jose Alvarez threw a wild pitch allowing Eduardo Escobar to score. The Brewers now led 4-2 and were giving San Francisco all they could handle.

Brandon Belt homered in the seventh inning driving Lamonte Wade Jr. home and San Francisco had tied this game 4-4. The Giants would extend their lead in the eighth inning off a double from Brandon Crawford and a single from Tommy La Stella. San Francisco had a slim lead 5-4 going into the ninth inning. It was a tight game but the Giants held onto the lead and won the series 2-1. The final score of the game was 5-4.

San Francisco will have tomorrow off before heading home to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday in a two game series. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:45 PM.