San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants try to make up ground in wild card chase open against Padres tonight; Rodon gets the start

San Francisco Giants starter Carlos Rodon will go into his wind up tonight against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park in San Francisco to open a three game series. (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 The only competitive game out of the three game series for the San Francisco Giants against the Minnesota Twins was on Saturday when the Twins edged the Giants 3-2. But the bullpen lost that game for the Giants allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the loss.

#2 With a 3-3 tie the Giants couldn’t hold on the tie and starter Jakob Junis was charged with six earned runs on his pitching line. The Twins scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull away from San Francisco on Sunday.

#3 The bullpen has been struggling trying to get the Giants out of log jams this one wasn’t any different after Junis was lifted in the bottom of the fifth reliever Alex Young who pitched two thirds of an inning gave up two runs both earned and two walks.

#4 The first bad sign about going to Minneapolis was the opening game on Friday where the Giants got outslugged 9-0 and Giant starter Alex Wood got rocked after pitching six innings giving up eight run earned runs on six hits.

#5 The Giants go back to the drawing board and get set to host the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park to open the homestand. Starting pitcher for the Padres Mike Clevinger (4-5, 3.59) the Giants will be starting Carlos Rodon (12-6, 2.81) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

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Giants Swept By Twins For Fourth Loss in a Row In a 8-3 Final

San Francisco Giants pitcher Junis Jakob delivers a second inning pitch against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sun Aug 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

Giants Swept By Twins For Fourth Loss in a Row In a 8-3 Final

By Barbara Mason

The San Francisco Giants (61-65) took on the Minnesota Twins (65-61) Sunday afternoon to finish off their three game series. It has been tough going for the Giants in the first two games. Game one was one to forget losing 9-0 and Game two was crushing after leading into the top of the ninth inning and falling 3-2 in extra innings.

The Giants attempted to stop the bleeding in the final game of the series. They are struggling with injury and at times poor offense. Leaving runners stranded has added to their woes. It was just too much Twins who scored five runs in the bottom of fifth that pretty much put the game out of reach for the Giants.

Both teams scored one run in the third inning and took the 1-1 tie into the fourth inning. The Giants LaMonte Wade Jr. doubled driving in Austin Slater for their first run of the game. The Twins answered with a Carlos Correa double driving in the speedy Gilberto Celestino.

The Twins walked in a run giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. With the bases loaded Minnesota walked Wilmer Flores and Austin Wynns scored.

That lead was short-lived when Jake Cave sent a bullet out of the park with Nick Gordon on base and the Twins were on top for the first time in the game 3-2.

The Giants tied up the game 3-3 in the fifth inning. Evan Longoria scored off a Brandon Crawford single.

The Twins would have another monster inning in the fifth similar to the run that they had Friday night that one in the third inning. They scored five runs all of them coming off doubles. Max Kepler, Jose Miranda Gio Urshela and Jake Cave all doubled giving the Twins an 8-3 lead. San Francisco had a lot of ground to make up going into the seventh inning.

The Twins would hang onto the 8-3 lead and sweep the series. This was the Giants fourth loss in a row.

The Giants will head home for another tough series with the San Diego Padres. The Padres are currently in second place in the National League West with a 70-58 record. Carlos Rodon 12-6 will take the mound for the Giants coming in with a 2.81 ERA. The Padres will send Mike Clevinger 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA. First pitch on Monday will be 6:45 PM PT.

Giants Lose Game Two In An Ugly Finish Minnesota 3 – San Francisco 2

San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski reacts after striking out against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Target Field in Minneapolis on Fri Aug 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

Giants Lose Game Two In An Ugly Finish Minnesota 3 – San Francisco 2

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the San Francisco Giants (61-64) got smoked by the Minnesota Twins (64-61) 9-0 in a no-contest. The Twins took charge of the game in the first inning and never looked back. San Francisco was looking to even the series Saturday night in game two of the three game series.

Game two had a far different look from last night’s game. This game was a pitcher’s duel through seven innings. The Giants starter Alex Cobb pitched five innings allowing four hits, no runs and seven strikeouts. Sonny Gray went five innings for the Twins with one allowed hit and no runs with four strikeouts. The Giants weren’t able to hold on losing by a run 3-2 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

San Francisco was first up on the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Tommy La Stella sacrificed and Luis Gonzalez scored for the 1-0 lead. That lead would hold through seven innings.

The game was halted when the skies opened up in the eighth inning in an absolute deluge. It had been threatening throughout the game but with two innings left it became reality and the game was delayed.

Minnesota threatened in the eighth inning with runners on first and third with one out but the Giants kept them off the scoreboard heading into the ninth inning.

The Giants loaded the bases in the ninth inning and Wilmer Flores scored off an Austin Slater sacrifice taking a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.

The Twins tied up the game when Carlos Correa singled driving in Max Kepler and Jake Cave singled and Luis Arraez scored. It was a new ball game.

This was another ugly finish for the Giants. After intentionally walking Max Kepler in the bottom of the tenth, the bases were loaded. San Francisco pitcher Dominic Leone walked Gilberto Celestino and that was the ball game. It was another devastating loss for the Giants.

Sunday San Francisco will be looking to avoid the sweep with first pitch at 11:10 AM PT. Jakob Junis will take the mound with an 3.58 ERA and a 4-3 win/loss record. The Giants will be facing Aaron Sanchez 3-4 on the mound for the Twins. His overall ERA is 7.36 but does have a 4.50 ERA over the last 7 days.

Monster Third Inning Pushes Minnesota Past San Francisco 9-0

Joc Pederson struck out in the top of the third inning as the San Francisco Giants drop the first of three games to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Fri Aug 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

Monster Third Inning Pushes Minnesota Past San Francisco 9-0

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the San Francisco Giants (61-63) took on the Minnesota Twins (63-61) in a three game series at Target Field. The Giants are just coming off a disappointing split in their two game series with the Tigers earlier this week. The disappointment continued as the Giants dropped the first of the three game series to Twins 9-0.

The Twins got off to a great start in the first inning with a Carlos Correa home run scoring Kyle Garlick jumping off to a 2-0 lead.

The third inning was a disaster for the Giants. San Francisco loaded the bases twice in the inning. Giant pitcher Alex Wood hit two Twins at the plate and Minnesota went on a scoring frenzy. They scored six runs in the inning taking an 8-0 lead.

The Twins had their second home run of the evening off the bat of Gary Sanchez. Jose Miranda got the barrage underway with a sacrifice that brought Sandy Leon home. Gilberto Celestino doubled so deep to right center field that the Twins brought in three runners Garlick, Jorge Polanaco and Correa. Minnesota finished off the third with the Sanchez homer for a whopper of an inning.

Through five innings the Giants only had two hits but couldn’t get much else going. It would be an uphill battle for the remainder of the game. Wood left the game after the third with Zack Little pitching the fourth inning. Bay Area native Joe Ryan had a great showing in this game. He pitched six innings allowing only two hits, no runs and eight strikeouts.

The Twins would add insult to injury in the eighth inning when Garlick, who was having a banner game, hit a homer extending the Minnesota lead to 9-0 This was the Twins third home run of the game.

The Giants only had four hits but managed to hit into two double plays so not much went right for San Francisco in this one.

The Giants will try to regroup for tomorrow’s game with first pitch at 4:15 PM PT. They will send Alex Cobb 4-6 to the mound with a 3.99 ERA. Minnesota will start Sonny Gray with a 7-4 win/loss record and a 3.10 ERA.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The best division in baseball plus

Copy of the New York Daily News announcing the New York Mets and New York Yankees in the Subway World Series in 2000 edition could the two cross city rivals meet again in this year’s fall classic? (photo by wikipedia)

The Best Division in Baseball, Plus

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–For the first time this 2022 season there will be a third wild card team on each league. No division in baseball is better than the American League East, with the New York Yankees walking-away with the best record in baseball and Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston poised for a tremendous race.

For the first time ever, a division could have three wild card teams going into the postseason and a total of four of the five teams in this division playing in October.

The American League East is the only division in baseball with four teams playing over .500. In the AL West, there is only one team to beat, Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros, they are the best team and will stay in first place.

The LA Angels are sputtering again, after a very nice start, they went into a funk lost 14 in a row, from May 25 to June 8,and Joe Maddon (one of the best managers in baseball) was sent packing.

Next managerial change could come from Seattle, where expectations were high for this team to win this year. Manager Scott Servais and General Manager Jerry DiPoto are in the hot seat. The Texas Rangers spend a fortune (close to half billion dollars) signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, they are both starting to play the way everybody expected, but I do not believe they have the pitching to overtake their State rivals Houston Astros.

The Oakland A’s are what they are. All the other teams have more established talent, they are trying to compete with rookie manager Mark Kotsay, a good baseball man, but the best jockey in the world cannot win the race if the horse is limping.

In the Central Division, considered the weakest in all the major leagues, supposed to be an easy one for the Chicago White Sox, but the great Tony LaRussa is not having much fun so far, star closer Liam Hendriks just placed into the IL.

The Minnesota Twins will be in the playoffs, as of today leading that division and the Cleveland Guardians are playing good baseball, leading the way at third-base, José Ramirez an early candidate for MVP. Watch out for the Indians, sorry, the Guardians, they have a good team and a terrific manager in Terry Francona.

There are some 100 games left for each team this season. While in New York they are talking about a Subway Series, Mets vs Yankees. Most recently, in 2000 the New York teams faced each other with the Yankees winning in five games, a memorable series, which I happened to worked for the Latino Baseball Network.

In other cities there is lots of disappointment. In Los Angeles, the Dodgers, whose manager, Dave Roberts predicted a 2022 World Series win during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said “We will win the World Series in 2022. We will win the World Series this year.”

The Dodgers have pitching problems, ace Walker Buehler recently went into the IL, Julio Urias is not going to win 20 games again this season (he was the only to win 20 last season) plus mixed with an inconsistent offense, the Dodgers have stuff to “figure out”, they do have the talent.

The San Diego Padres, at this time, even with the delayed return of superstar Fernando Tatis Jr, looks like the team that could win this division. Bob Melvin is doing a great job, which is nothing new for the three-time Manager of the Year.

The San Francisco Giants, while they are not going to win 107 games again, they find a way to win series, starter Jacob Junis went into the IL, veterans like Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt, can’t seem to stay healthy.

Giants lost some pieces in the off-season, perhaps the biggest one, starter Kevin Gausman who had his best year ever in 2021 with a 14-6 record, and 2.81 ERA, he left for a very lucrative contract in Toronto. Nobody expected the Giants to have a similar season as 2021, which was a dream season, when every player at the same time, had great years.

Trades: The new deadline this year is set for August 2. There will be many trades, some earlier than others, but the greatest commodities are starting pitchers. they are in high demand. Many of the teams with hopes of postseason play will reinforce themselves. In today’s game the old saying “you never have enough pitching” is new again.

Happy Fathers Day weekend.

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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

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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