Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s have now lost 11 of last 13 games; Lack of hitting hurting run production

The Oakland A’s hitter Kevin Smith (1) puts his all into this broken bat swing for a base hit against the visiting Minnesota Twins on getaway day at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed May 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Oakland A’s (16-24) lost by a landslide to the visiting Minnesota Twins (22-16) on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum 14-4 and the Twins Carlos Correa was seeing the ball well with two hits upon his return from the injured list from a bruised finger.

#2 Correa missed a large amount of games 11 in all while swinging the bat he was hit in the hand by a pitch.

#3 The A’s who have lost 11 of their last 13 games got RBI singles from Seth Brown and Christian Bethancourt. The A’s for the most part suffering in the run production department and have lost a number of those game because of a lack of hitting.

#4 A’s starter Daulton Jefferies went under an MRI after suffering bicep tightness. Jefferies pitched four innings and gave up six earned runs.

#5 The A’s open a three game series against the Los Angeles Angels at the Big A in Anaheim on Friday night. The A’s will start right hander Paul Blackburn (4-0 ERA 1.67) the Angels will start right hander Chase Silseth (1-0 ERA 0.00) first pitch 6:38 pm PDT

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Twins rout A’s 14-4 win three-game series two games to one at Coliseum

The expression on the Chevron car on the Oakland Coliseum padded outfield wall kind of says it all about Wed May 18, 2022 game as Oakland A’s leftfielder Chad Pinder (10) can’t get a glove on the Minnesota Twins Luis Arraez’ double in the fourth inning. (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The Minnesota Twins (22-16) pummeled the Oakland A’s (16-24) to take two out of three from the A’s. Oakland’s starter Daulton Jefferies (1-7 ERA 5.72) gave up six runs in four innings of work.

A’s pitchers issued ten walks. The Twins strolled to an easy 14-4 win over Oakland. There were 26 hits in the game, and not one left the park.

The Twins got off to a hot start in the finale of the three-game set with the A’s. With one out, Twins’ first baseman Luis Arreaz single. Fresh off the 10-day IL, the next hitter Carlos Correa singled, sending Arreaz to third.

Jefferies struck out Jorge Polanco for the second out. Jefferies walked Max Kepler to load the bases. Jefferies now had the task of pitching to the power-hitting DH, Gary Sanchez. Sanchez worked the count 3-2.

With the runners going on the pitch, Sanchez blooped a broken-bat single onto a short leftfield to drive in Kepler with the Twins’ third run. The A’s, facing their former teammate Sonny Gray put one on the board in the bottom of the first.

With two out, Ramon Laureano doubled. First baseman Seth Brown singled to drive in Laureano with the A’s first run. The Twins led 3-1 after one inning of play.

The Twins added to their lead in the top of the third. With one out, Jefferies walked Jorge Polanco. Jefferies retired Kepler for the second out. The next hitter, Gary Sanchez, blasted a double to deep right-center-field to drive in Polanco.

The Twins lead 4-1 midway through the third. The A’s rallied in their half of the third to make it a 4-2 game. With two out, Seth Brown ripped a ball down the right-field line that went for a triple. The next batter, A’s catcher Christian Bethancourt, singled to drive in Brown.

The Twins continued to make life miserable for Jefferies. With two out in the top of the fourth, Jefferies walked Byron Buxton. Luis Arreaz, a left-handed-hitter, blasted a ball that went over A’s left fielder Chad Pinder’s head for a double to drive in Buxton with the Twins’ fifth run.

The onslaught didn’t end. Twins’ shortstop Carlos Correa doubled to drive in Arreaz. The score is now 6-2. A’s manager Mark Kotsay sent the word to the bullpen to get someone to get ready to relieve Jefferies.

A’s reliever Justin Grimm pitched a scoreless fifth. It wasn’t easy as the Twins had the bases loaded with one out. The A’s nailed the runner at home for the second out. Grimm got the final out 1-2 to end the inning.

The Twins broke the game open when they sent nine to the plate in the top of the sixth. Lefty Kirby Snead was on the hill for Oakland. Snead contributed to his downfall by walking the first two batters he faced. Snead gave up three hits and three walks that allowed the Twins to score five times. The Twinkies lead 11-2 midway through six.

Oakland added a run in the bottom of the seventh. Two singles and a player hit by a pitch loaded the bases with no out. Tony Kemp’s sacrifice fly to left drove in the A’s third run. The Twins are in the driver’s seat 11-3 after seven.

With two out in the eighth, Chad Pinder doubled off the wall in right field. Luis Barrera, playing right-field for the A’s, singled for the third time to drive in Ponder. The A’s trail 11-4.

Chad Pinder is on the mound to pitch the ninth for Oakland. It did not go well for Pinder and the A’s. Pinder walked three and gave up a single and double, and the Twins plated three more runs to own a 14-4 advantage as the A’s are batting for the last time. The A’s failed to score in the ninth. The Twins win 14-4.

Game Notes- The A’s fall to 16-24 for the year. The A’s have played about 25% of the season. If the A’s continue on this pace, they will win about 65 or 66 games this year. The Twins are now 22-16 and are first in the AL Central Division. The A’s reside in the AL West cellar.

Daulton Jefferies was the losing pitcher. His record is now 1-7. Former A’s pitcher Gray picked up the win. He is now 1-1.

The A’s line was four runs, 12 hits, and one error. The hitting star for Oakland was Luis Barrera with three hits. Seth Brown had a single and a triple. Kevin Smith added two hits.

The Twins line was 14 runs, 14 hits, and one error. They benefited from ten walks issued by the A’s. Eight of those who walked scored.

The A’s are off on Thursday. They meet the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim for three games this weekend. For Friday night’s tilt, Righty Paul Blackburn (4-0, ERA 1.67) will go for Oakland. The Angels’ Chase Silseth will oppose him. Silseth is 1-0, with a 0.00 ERA. First pitch at 6:38 pm PT.

The time of the game was 3:25. 7,106 fans watched the A’s get trounced at the Coliseum.

A’s finally swinging again Smith gets two run blast and Murphy with two run RBI in 5-2 win over Twins

Oakland A’s hitter Sean Murphy swings for a two RBI single in the bottom of the seventh against the Minnesota Twins as Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers watches at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue May 17, 2022 (AP News photo)

Minnesota. 2. 7. 0

Oakland. 5 11. 1

Tuesday May 27, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–In spite of my generally cynical nature, I try to find something consoling about any situation. So I was somewhat gratified to read in today´s Oakland A’s (16-23) game notes that Oakland doesn’t have the worst record in the American League. The A’s picked up their 16th win of the season and got some timely hits to defeat the Minnesota Twins (21-16) at the Oakland Coliseum 5-2 on Tuesday night.

There are members of the junior circuit beneath them in the standings, the Orioles; the Royals; and the Tigers. not to mention the four National League teams with records worse than the 15-23 the green and gold brought to Tuesday’s game.

James Kaprieian, two weeks off of the injured list and with an 0-2, 4.97 record to show for the three appearances he made since his return, took the mound for Oakland.

In each of those starts he did better than in the previous one (excepting the first, of course). In fact he had an ERA of 2.53in the 10-2/3 innings he pitched in his second and third starts.

His opposite number for Minnesota, fresh off the Covid 19 list, Dylan Bundy, began his monticular labors with a lifetime record of 49-59, 4.75, unimpressive but better than his season’s mark of 3-2,5.76.

He has five tools in his bag of tricks, a four seamer that he throws about 35% of the time and at an unintimidating speed of about 89 mph; a slider that he utilizes another 23% or so; a changeup; a sinker; and an Uncle Charley.

Game recap: The teams traded zeroes for 3-1/2 innings, during which Bundy threw 54 pitches, 35 of which were counted as strikes. He surrendered two hits, both of them singles, one a bunt by Tony Kemp, and no walks. He struck out one.

Josh Winder started the fourth and allowed a one out double to Elvis Andrus that might have been another single if the Twins’ right fielder, Max Kepler, hadn’t tried to make a diving catch of it. Kevin Smith made that a moot question by blasting a 93 mph four seamer 395 feet deep over the left field fence, giving Kaprielian a two run lead to work with when he came out for the fifth.

Three pitches later, it was a one run lead. Royce Lewis lifted a 94 mph fastball to deep left field. Luis Barera looked ready to catch it, but the ball disappeared 382 deep into the nearly empty stands. (The attendance was 3,640).

Oakland threatened in their half of the fifth, loading the bases on singles by Jed Lowrie and Seth Brown and a walk to Andrus, but Barrera flew out to right, and the score remained 2-1.

There was no question about Gary Sánchez´s game toying round tripper to left with one down in the Minnesota sixth. It was his fourth of the year and travelled 387 feet into the left field seats. It came on Kaprielien’s 89th and final pitch of the game.

He left, having thrown 5-1/3 frames, allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits and a walk. 64 of his offerings were deemed strikes. Sam Moll relieved him and, in spite of a broken bat single by Kepler, an infield single by Gilberto Celestino, and Moll’s throwing error on Celestino’s single, preserved the tie.

The green and gold retook the lead after the seventh inning stretch. Lowrie walked. Christian Bethancourt ran for him, moving to second when Winder plugged Laureano with a 91 mph fastball.

Then Brown whacked a changeup to the bottom of the right field wall, driving in Bethancourt and sending Laureano to third. Murphy’s sharp single to center plated both runners, but the A’s catcher quickly was eliminated when Andrus grounded into a 6-4-3 Twin killing.

The Oakland attack continued; Barrera and Smith each singled to left, putting runners on the corners when Caleb Thiebar relieved the beleaguered Winder, who had given up five earned runs in his 3-2/3 inning stint and ended up being charged with the loss, his second in four decisions.

Oakland’s newfound 5-2 advantage was endangered in the top of the eighth. Jackson got Sánchez to fly out to right but walked Kepler on a full count and gave up a single to Garlich.

Enter Dany Jiménez, who induced a fly to center from hitter Gilberto Celestino and a ground out to short from Lewis. Jiménez stuck around for the ninth to gain the save, his seventh in as many opportunities.

Those of you who want a reminder of the A’s glory days could do worse than visit the roomy Coliseum, where, at 12:37 Wednesday afternoon, Sonny Gray (0-1,3.68) will start for the Twin Cities team, facing the A’s Daulton Jefferies (1-6, 4.84)

Twins open series against A’s with 3-1 win at Coliseum

Minnesota Twins’ Gary Sanchez, bottom left, is congratulated by third base coach Tommy Watkins after hitting a home run off of Oakland Athletics pitcher Domingo Acevedo, rear at the Oakland Coliseum on Mon May 16, 2022 (AP News photo)

Minnesota. 3. 8. 0

Oakland. 1. 4. 0

Monday May 16, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–May has not been a merry month for the Oakland A’s (15-23). Their won-lost record since April 30 was 5-7 going into tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins (21-15), bad enough for the hometown team to bring up the rear in the American League’s western division at 15-22.

Their hitting has been so bad that this is what the game notes distributed this afternoon led off its section entitled “Offense:” “The A’s had three sacrifice hits yesterday, which was just their second game with three sacrifice bunts over the last 21 years (also Aug. 3, 2013 vs. Texas)…have seven sacrifice hits for the season, which is tied for the most in the American League….” That was the good news.

Oakland’s team batting average after Monday’s debacle stood at .199. Sabrmetrics has taught us that there are better gauges of offensive strength than the BA, but that’s still a pretty distressing statistic.

Meanwhile, their opponents from the Twin Cities came to town leading the AL Central at 20-15. Not earth shatteringly good but not too shabby either.

The A’s chose a rookie southpaw for their starter Zach Logue, at 2-1,1.35, owed his one loss to the Twinkies, having thrown 90 pitches against them on May 6, his first major league start. He lasted five innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on five hits and two walks. Unfortunately, two of those hits went the distance.

The 26 year old native of Mason, Ohio, was acquired from the Blue Jays in March and assigned to Las Vegas, joining the A’s on the day of his debut. With the Aviators, he went 0-0,5.63. He took the loss tonight.

His right handed opponent for the Twins had a tad more experience. This was his 222nd start in the show. (As WC Fields complimented May West in “My Little Chickadee,” “What symmetrical digits!). At game time, he had hurled 1276-2/3 innings for five teams in a major league career that dates back to 2006, in which he twice was named to the American League all-star team.

Sliders and four seamers, in that order, are the pitches he throws most frequently. They average 88.8 and 93.2 mph, respectively. He also uses a changeup that averages 87.1 mph and a curve. He uses those last two tools a little less than 11% of the time, combined.

The Twins drew first blood in the top of the third following a leadoff double to center by Royce Lewis. Just when it looked as if Logue would escape unscathed, Polanco lined a two out single to center, driving in Lewis

An over eager Christian Pache overthrew Murphy at home, and Polanco took second on the throw. No error was charged to the A’s centerfielder, but a more judicious return of Polanco’s hit would have been cut off before he could advance.

No harm was done, however; Luis Barrera corralled Kyle Garlick’s fly at the left center field wall to retire the side. Nonetheless, Oakland was down 1-0, and with the A’s hitting in the state it’s been in, that was an unpleasant situation for the East Bay crew to find itself in.

But they came back to tie it up in the bottom half of the frame. With Seth Brown, who walked, on first with two down, Elvis Andrus, whose bat has started to come alive recently, split the distance between left and center field for a run producing two bagger. It was his fourth RBI of the season and raised his BA to .224.

The Twins broke the tie in their next turn at bat. Logue walked Lewis, and number nine batter Nick Gordon sacrificed him to second. The gambit paid off; Byron Buxton singled Lewis home.

When Logue threw four balls to Polanco for his second walk of the inning (and the game), putting runners on first and second with one out, manager Mark Kotsay yanked him in favor of Domingo Acevedo.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli responded by having left handed Luis Arraez pinch hit for Garlick. Acevedo got the next two men out, limiting the damage to a single run.

Logue had toiled 4-1/3 innings and allowed two runs, both earned on five hits and two walks. He struck out three, having thrown 82 pitches, 46 of them strikes.

Archer didn’t make it as far into the game as Logue had. The veteran was removed after four full innings, too soon to be credited with the win. He surrendered one run, it was earned, two hits and a walk.

He K’d two Athletics and threw 62 pitches, 37 for strikes. Yennier Cano took his place on the mound and was credited, in a scorer’s decision, with the win. His record now stands at 1-0, and he lowered his ERA from 11.57 to 6.23.

Acevedo coughed up the Twins’ third run on Gary Sánchez’a lead off blast over the Stream Your A’s sign in center field in the sixth. The Minnesota catcher’s third homer of the year traveled 433 feet and came off of a 92 mph four seam fastball.

AJ Puk, who recently has been one of the bright spots of the A’s bullpen, took over on the hill to open the top of the seventh for the hometeam. In spite of two hard hit singles and with a little help from outstanding plays by Cristian Pache, Elvis Andrus, and Seth Brown, he held the line at 3-1, Twins.

Griffin Jax entered the game for the Twin Cities after “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Andrus greeted him with his second safety of the night, a single to right, but he was erased in a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Barrera before Kevin Smith fanned on three pitches.

A’s reliever Lou Trivino pitched a perfect eight, yielding to A’s reliever Justin Grimm for the ninth, who gave up a walk without suffering any further damage

Tyler Duffey, trying to earn his first save of the season after failing in his two previous opportunities, set the Athletics down in order

At 6:40 tomorrow evening, the A’s James Kaprielian (0-2,4.97) will match pitches against the Twins’ Dyan Bundy (3-2,5.76) at the Oakland Coliseum first pitch 6:40 pm PDT.

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

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Lots of blow back Rangers manager calls Yankee Stadium a Little League Park; Umpire leaves game after getting hit by foul ball; plus much more

The New York Yankees Gleyber Torres gets ready to walk it off against the Texas Rangers last Sun May 8, 2022 at Yankee Stadium after the bottom of the ninth home run Ranger manager Chris Woodward said the stadium is like hitting in a Little League Park (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward called Yankee Stadium a Little League Park after Sunday’s front end of a doubleheader when the Yankees Gleyber Torres hit a walk off home run. Woodward got an avalanche of heat for calling one of baseball’s cathederals a Little League Park.

#2 How much was it based on frustration for Woodward on losing to the Yankees on Sunday as Yankee Stadium does have a short porch. You could be assured Woodward heard it from Yankee fans on Monday.

#3 Scary moment as home plate umpire Ron Kulpa was hit in the mask by Chicago White Sox third baseman Jake Burger by a foul ball on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Burger was checked by trainers after falling at the plate walked off the field under his own power and was replaced by Marty Foster.

#4 New York Mets coach Eric Chavez said that balls are being juiced to get out more there is no secret that all big league clubs are using humidors but on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN prime time games Chavez said that he first didn’t believe it when players came to him about it but watched and said the ball was traveling further on the eye test but it also lined up with what the analytics were telling them.

#5 Amaury the last three games in Minnesota against the Minnesota Twins the Oakland A’s lost by some low scoring games but they can’t seem to break out the bats and get the run production that manager Mark Kotsay would hope. Luckily the Detroit Tigers are a struggling bunch and the A’s got a couple runs to get by them on Monday night to end their nine game losing streak at Comerica Park 2-0.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez with Manolo Hernandez Douen for all the play by play action on the Oakland A’s Spanish flagship station 1010 KIQI San Francisco and for News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: A’s held to just two runs in four of last five games

Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian took the loss but it was his best outing thus far this season throwing against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sat May 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Oakland A’s (10-17) lost another heartbreaker to the Minnesota Twins (17-11) on Saturday 1-0, they’re not getting any run support scoring only two runs in four of their last five games.

#2 Charlie, A’s manager Mark Kotsay has guys who can swing the bats and they demonstrated that when the were a 10-8 with guys like Sheldon Neuse, Chad Pinder, Sean Murphy, and earlier Cristian Pache. Is it a matter of opposing pitchers have figured out how to pitch to the A’s line up or frankly the A’s line up is just in a funk?

#3 A’s pitching however has kept them in games in the last three games despite losing those three games in scores of 3-0 vs. Tampa Bay Wed 4th, 2-1 vs. Minnesota Fri 6, and yesterday vs. Minnesota 1-0.

#4 A’s starter James Kaprielian who struggled in his first outing had a better handle on things going five innings, three hits, one earned run, two walks and the seven strikeouts really played big in his second start.

#5 The A’s will attempt to snap this eight game skid at Target Field Sunday. The A’s will be starting right hander Daulton Jefferies (1-4 ERA 4.81) against the Twins Chris Paddack (1-2 ERA 3.15) a 2:10 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Charlie O every other Sunday for the A’s podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland Loses A Tough One Against Twins 1-0; Kaprielian’s best outing isn’t good enough

Oakland A’s Chad Pinder (10) strikes out in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sat May 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

Oakland Lose A Tough One Against Twins 1-0; Kaprielian’s best outing isn’t good enough

By Barbara Mason

Saturday the A’s (10-17) took on the Minnesota Twins (17-11) in the second game of their series.. Oakland had only three hits in this game losing another close one 1-0. The bats have gone ice cold for the Athletics.

The crushing blow for the A’s came in the sixth inning when Jorge Polanco hit a home run to center and that would be all it would take for Minnesota to win the game.

This game was reminiscent of Friday night’s game. In game one the A’s had the bases loaded in the ninth inning and had every chance to take the lead in the game. Saturday again, Oakland had two on base in the ninth inning looking to tie or even take the lead. It all ended with a strikeout like it did last night.

So much disappointment in this game for Oakland. After his last outing which was not good, James Kaprielian had a great game once he settled in. He had seven strikeouts and only walked 2. For the most part these losses have come at the hands of the offense. It has been a very rough patch for the team.

It wasn’t that long ago that the A’s had a winning record and were feeling pretty good. That has come to a standstill as Oakland lost their eighth game in a row.

There may be some good news for the A’s tomorrow. Ramon Laureano is expected to join the club in tomorrow’s game for the final game of this series. While he has not been hitting as well as he would like he is certainly looking forward to joining the team after his suspension.

All eyes will be on Laureano knowing how much he can bring to the team offensively but especially defensively. His bat will come around as he trusts in his swing and doesn’t dwell on technique. We have seen how hot his bat can get and it will come around.

His return comes at the right time with Stephen Piscotty just being placed on a 10-day IL with a sprained wrist This just might be the spark that will turn this losing streak around.

Tomorrow Oakland will play Minnesota in the final game of this series. Daulton Jeffries take the mound for the A’s and Chris Paddack will start for the Twins. First pitch is schedule for 11:10 AM.

Seven Losses In A Row For Oakland; Losing to Twins 2-1 at Target Field

Home sweet home for the Minnesota Twins’ Jose Miranda (64) high-fives Royce Lewis (23) after hitting a home run in the second inning against the visiting Oakland A’s at Target Field in Minneapolis on Fri May 6, 2022 (AP News photo)

Seven Losses In A Row For Oakland Losing to the Twins 2-1

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Oakland Athletics (10-15) traveled to Minnesota to take on the first place Twins (15-11). The A’s have been struggling having lost their last six games. Oakland last came out with a win on April 27 when they beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0. The string of loses continues for the A’s as they drop their seventh consecutive game at Target Field to the Twins 2-1.

Zach Logue was on the mound for Oakland and Josh Winder got the nod for Minnesota. Logue has a 2-1 record and Winder comes in with a 1-0 record and a 2.20 ERA.

Through five innings the A’s had a five hits but Winder was really heating up with nine strikeouts through five innings. His breaking ball was spot on making things very difficult for Oakland hitters. Stephen Piscotty singled in the second inning and Elvis Andrus singled in the same inning. Piscotty was waved home and was thrown out at the plate. That was about the only threat that Oakland posed so far in this game.

In the second inning Minnesota’s Jose Miranda homered left to take the early lead 1-0. In the fifth inning Byron Buxton would send another ball out of the park for a 2-0 lead. This was his ninth homer of the season. Going into the sixth inning the Twins had five hits.

The A’s made some noise in the sixth inning with runners on first and third. Pache had an infield single. Sheldon Neuse grounded into a fielder’s choice. Cristian Pache would reach third base on a fielding error by second baseman Jorge Polanco. When Jed Lowry hit a sacrifice fly to center Pache would score. Oakland trailed 2-1 after six innings.

The A’s would battle to the end. In the ninth inning Oakland had the bases loaded but Chad Pinder would strike out and another disappointment for the Athletics.

The A’s try to avoid a eighth loss in a row as the team continues to struggle offensively. For Saturday the A’s will start James Kaprielian (0-1 ERA 18.00) who will take the mound for Oakland and for the Twins Chris Paddack (1-2 ERA 3.15) will start in game 2 of the series in Minneapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 AM.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Starting pitching a commodity as Irvin experiencing shoulder tightness

Oakland A’s starting pitcher Cole Irvin has experienced shoulder tightness and is questionable for Friday night’s start in Minnesota against the Twins at Target Field (file Cole Irvin Twitter page)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Oakland A’s (10-15) starter Cole Irvin is schedule to start Friday night’s game in Minnesota but is experiencing some tightness in his shoulder according to A’s manager Mark Kotsay.

#2 Kotsay said that Irvin threw on Tuesday and had the tightness after pitching against the Rays Kotsay he would decide if Irvin can go against the Minnesota Twins (15-10) Friday night. Right with the way pitching has been going for the starting rotation it’s become a commodity.

#3 Knowing what Irvin is going through the A’s called up pitcher Zach Logue from Triple A Las Vegas. Logue was at the Coliseum on Wednesday and Kotsay thought ahead to have him on hand just in case he had to pitch tonight in Minnesota.

#4 What was impressive about Irvin last season he made all of his 32 starts and was one of seven American League starters who didn’t miss a turn.

#5 Jeremiah, if Irvin does start he will be coming in with a 2-1 ERA 2.93 and he’ll be opposed by the Twins right hander Josh Winder (1-0 ERA 2.20) first pitch in Minneapolis is at 5:10 pm PDT.

Join Jeremiah for the A’s podcasts on Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com