Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Lots of home runs for A’s edge Twins in ninth 7-6

Oakland A’s get a one run win over the Minnesota Twins on Sun May 16, 2021 at Target Field in Minneapolis to close the three game series (@Athletics image)

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 One thing you could say about the A’s they know how to save the best for the last part of the show avoiding going extra innings and getting a key run in the top of the ninth for a one run 7-6 win.

#2 Barbara, the game went back and forth the Twins were ahead at one time 4-1 and the A’s had a four run fifth to take the lead 5-4 and picked up a run in the top of the seventh and for a 6-4 lead. The Twins tied up the game in the bottom of the eighth scoring two runs.

#3 The A’s coming back to win in the top of the ninth no doubt tells you they have a good club and ball club that never gives up.

#4 The A’s also hit four homers in the game to give A’s starter Frankie Montas and the bullpen some cushion for the win.

#5 Starting pitchers for Tuesday night in Oakland vs. the visiting Houston Astros Cristan Javier (0-3 ERA 3.08) and for the A’s Sean Manaea will have another go after getting drubbed in his last outing against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Coliseum (3-2 ERA 4.40)

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Oakland Loses A Tough One To The Twins 5-4

The Minnesota Twins Miguel Sano exults after hitting a three run home run versus the Oakland A’s and pitcher Jake Diekman in the eighth inning at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sat May 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

Oakland Loses A Tough One To The Twins 5-4

By Barbara Mason

Saturday afternoon the Oakland A’s took on the Minnesota Twins in game two of their three game series. The A’s prevailed in the first game of the series 6-1 yesterday in a home run derby, four in all. Ramon Laureano, Sean Murphy, Stephen Piscotty and Mark Canha all knocked balls out of the park in the win.

Matt Olson would pick up where Mark Canha left off yesterday and knocked a 420 foot blast in the first inning. Seth Brown was on base giving the A’s the early 2-0 lead.

The Twins would cut that lead in half in the bottom of the first inning. Garlick singled, Donaldson doubled and Cruz grounded out to second driving Garlick home.

The A’s increased their lead in the third inning when Laureano singled and Mark Canha who was on third scored for a 3-1 count.

Going into the fifth inning Oakland would continue to deposit into the second deck of Target Field. Mark Canha would hit his second home run of the series. The A’s now led by the score of 4-1.

The game got tense in the seventh when the Twins loaded the bases. Oakland was able to get out of the inning when Matt Chapman made a great catch in foul territory for the third out ending the Minnesota bid

Things took a disastrous turn in the bottom of the eighth inning. Sano would homer with Polanco and Refsnyer on base and just like that, the Twins took a 5-4 lead. Petit who had relieved Irvin was pulled and Diekman came into the game. With one swing of the bat this game took an ugly turn for the A’s.

The A’s were unable to provide any further offense and the Twins had really pulled the rug from under the A’s. It was a real disappointment for Oakland after controlling seven innings and to let it go in the eighth inning.

Tomorrow the A’s will take on the Twins in the final game of the series. First pitch is at 11:10.

Oakland Takes Game One In Minnesota Series 6-1

Oakland A’s Ramon Laureano (22) gets the fist bump from A’s third base coach Mark Kotsay (7) after hitting a solo shot against Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Shoemaker in the third inning at Target Field in Minnesota on Fri May 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

Oakland Takes Game One In Minnesota Series

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Oakland A’s took on the Minnesota Twins in their second series this season. In their first series this year the A’s swept. The second and third games of the series were one run games, the third a walk-off in the tenth inning.

The A’s still sit atop the American League West at 23-16 while the Twins are near the basement of the American League Central with a 12-23 record. In today’s game the A’s welcomed back Chad Pinder after being out with a knee injury. The A’s got some key hitting and runs to overcome the Minnesota Twins in this first game of the three game series in Minnesota with a 6-1 win.

Frankie Montas took the mound for this game and for the Twins it was Matt Shoemaker who got the nod . Montas had a nice showing in his last game and Oakland was looking for another great showing in this one.

It was a quiet first and second inning for both teams. Ramon Laureano got Oakland up on the board with a homer in the third inning. The A’s had the early 1-0 lead.

Oakland made more noise in the fifth inning with a second home run by Sean Murphy driving Seth Brown home and giving the A’s a 3-0 lead. Oakland was not finished and in the sixth inning Stephen Piscotty homered bringing Matt Chapman home. With a 5-0 lead Oakland was cruising.

Minnesota got on the board in the sixth inning when Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run, his team trailing 5-1.

Burch Smith would relieve Montas in the bottom of the seventh inning. Smith would get out of the inning with Minnesota leaving runners stranded on second and third.

Oakland had their fourth home run in the eighth inning courtesy of Mark Canha and now led 6-1. They now had 51 home runs for the season which is the second most in MLB.

The final score was 6-1. Tomorrow’s game, game two of the series will start at 1:05 PT as the A’s look for their second win against Minnesota

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s open four game series in Tampa Bay tonight

Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea talks with a teammate before their game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sat Apr 24. 2021 at Camden Yards in Baltimore (photo from @Athletics)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara during the streak the Oakland A’s (14-8) had been getting not only the starting pitching but the bullpen in threes and fours per game were sometimes were able to keep a shutout going.

#2 In the Minnesota Twins (7-13) series in Oakland last week the A’s pitched two shutouts both ends of a doubleheader 7-0 and 1-0.

#3 Barbara in that doubleheader against the Twins in the front game A’s starter Sean Manaea went the distance going seven innings and surrendering just six hits and in the night cap A’s starter Jesus Luzardo threw for 5.1 and gave up two hits and had Lou Trivino and Jake Diekman close the game.

#4 In the just completed Baltimore (9-12) series the A’s got some great starting pitching from Cole Irvin on Friday throwing for 5.1 innings, eight hits and one run. On Saturday Chris Bassitt threw for six innings, eight hits and two earned runs both for wins.

#5 The A’s will are in Tampa Bay to open a four game series starting tonight. The A’s and Rays (11-11) have not announced starting pitchers for tonight’s contest. The Rays have won six of their last ten games and are second in the AL East just 1.5 behind the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have always been a competitor against the A’s in season and post season.

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Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: It ain’t over til it’s over; A’s 3 run rally in 10th keeps streak alive

The Oakland A’s Tony Kemp jumps for joy with Ramon Laureano after the Minnesota Twins third baseman Luis Arraez made a throwing error to allow two runs to score in the bottom of the tenth for the A’s win at the Oakland Coliseum on Wed Apr 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Minnesota Twins third baseman Luis Arraez’ throwing error in the 10th inning costed the Twins the game Twins leading 12-11 in the bottom of the 10th scoring Elvis Andrus and Tony Kemp for the game winners to keep the A’s long 11 game win streak alive.

#2 You know the old saying good teams come back and win ball games and the A’s have done a little of everything they’ve had some shutouts pitched but on Wednesday afternoon they sure got some offense after being down by as much as 7-4 in the third inning.

#3 The Twins Byron Buxton was busy trying to keep the Twins the in the ball game scoring two runs, three hits which included a two run tenth inning home run that put the Twins on top 12-10.

#4 The A’s in the bottom half of the tenth scratched and clawed to score those three runs when they were down 12-10 to keep their 11 game win streak alive you have to wonder if the players were surprised or not really surprised based on the confidence of the team.

#5 Jerry, the A’s have the day off today after having Monday off due to their first game with the Twins which was canceled due to Coronavirus protocol issues.

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Twins throwing error saves A’s 11 game win streak in 13-10 win

Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy (12) forefront, Tony Kemp (right) with Ramon Laureano (center) celebrate the team’s 11th straight win after a Minnesota Twins throwing error in the tenth inning on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

Minnesota 12 – 18 – 2

Oakland 13 – 13 – 2

10 innings

By Lewis Rubman

April 21

OAKLAND–The Minnesota Twins, battered by Covid and the Oakland A’s announced earlier today that they had added J.T. Riddle, who had seemed healthy enough to pinch run in last night’s game, to their Covid Protocol list, which is now five names long. To replace him, Minnesota recalled switch hitting catcher Tomás Telis.

Battered they might be, but the Twin Cities’ team came out fighting. The Oakland starter, Frankie Montás (2-1, 4.91) threw only one pitch that was called a ball in the first inning. Maybe he should have thrown a few more. With one out, one-time A’s fan favorite Josh Donaldson slammed Montás’s seventh pitch of the game, a 98 mph slider over the left field fence to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the twinkling of an eye. They didn’t score again that inning, but Byron Buxton doubled to right, and, one frame later, Brent Rocker rocked a two bagger off the left center field wall.

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s veteran right hander Kenta Maeda, although he got through the first unscathed, gave up a game tying homer to Matt Olson, his fifth of the year, a line drive over the 362 foot marker, just to the left of the right field score board. Like Donaldson, Olson hit his dinger.

As it advanced, the Athletics´ offense abandoned the big blast for singles hitting and alert baserunning, aided by Maeda’s troubles with his control. With one down, he hit Mitch Moreland with a pitch. After Sean Murphy flew out to center, Seth Brown singled to right, sending Moreland to third.

Elvis Andrus singled him home, while Brown moved on to second. Mark Canha then hit a liner back to Maeda, who couldn’t handle it. That turned out to be an infield single that loaded the bases. Maeda’s first pitch to Ramón Laureano was a wild one, which brought Brown home with the A’s fifth run.

That two run lead for Oakland couldn’t survive Minnesota’s third inning onslaught. Luis Arraez led off with a double to center and scored the tying run when Donaldson followed that with a single to left. Donaldson prompted trotted home in front of Nelson Cruz, who sent an 87mph slider over the left field fence for his fifth round tripper and 11th and 12th RBIs of the campaign and, incidentally a 4-3 Minnesota lead.

Even though Jorge Polanco slipped a single between the two outs that followed Cruz’s homer it looked as if Montás had weathered the storm. But there stilll was room for more misfortune. The A’s hurler got Jake Cave to swing and miss an 88 mph split fingered fast ball, the second time Cave had struck out in as many at bats, but it wasn’t the third out. The third strike was a wild pitch, and now there were two men on base. But Montás got Brent Rocker to swing at a third strike, and this time it was definitive.

Minnesota was up 4-3, but it was a dry and fairly warm day at the Coliseum. Perfect weather for a Lowrie double and an Olson homer. And that’s how Oakland took a 5-4 lead. Seth Brown joined the long ball parade, sending a an 81 mph slider (what else?) just inside the right field foul pole and driving in Murphy, who had singled, and upping the A’s advantage to 7-4. It Brown’s third home run and gave him five RBI for the season.

Maeda didn’t answer the bell for the fourth. He had pitched three innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on eight hits and a hit batter. He notched one strike out. 37 of his 51 pitches were strikes, his ERA blossomed to 6.11, and he was on the hook for the loss, but neither starting pitcher ended up involved in the decision. Tyler Duffey (0-0-0,4.50) came in to pitch.

Cruz closed the gap between the teams to 7-5 by sending a liner just over the glove of a leaping Laureano in front of the Stream Your A’s sign in center field. That gave him six HRs and 13 RBIs.

After Byron Buxton’s grounder slipped under Lowrie’s glove, beating the shift for a single, that was it for Montás. He left mound duties to J.B. Wendelkin (0-0-0,3.52), who gave up a seeing eye single to right by Polanco that allowed Buxton to go all the way to third.

Brown’s errant throw towards that base permitted Polanco’s advance to second. After Astudillio grounded out to Andrus, who held the runners in place, Jake Cave hit a grounder to the right side of a drawn-in infield and Lowrie’s legs that tied the game.

Montás had not pitched well in his four inning outing. He was charged with six runs, and all were earned. (The unearned run on Lowrie’s error was charged to Wendelken). That brought his ERA up to 6.75. He served up three longs balls. He didn’t walk anyone. He had four strike outs to his credit, one of them on a wild pitch. 56 of his 76 offerings were strikes.

The pitching merry-go-round had begun. Randy Dobnak threw a 1-2-3 fiftlh inning for the Twins in the fifth. Sergio Romo gave up two straight singles to the top of the Twins batting order in the sixth. He did retire Cruz on a grounder to Andrus, but that brought in the leading run for Minnesota.

Polanco’s single to left gave them a two run advantage, and, after Polanco stolen second, Astudillo’s single put them three runs ahead. Adam Kolarek came in and finally stopped the hemoraging. So much for yesterday’s two shutouts!

It was Hansel Robles who pitched the sixth for the visitors. He threw 27 pitches and left with two outs and two on. Laureano almost tied the score on him, sending a 3-1 pitch down the left field line only to land in the seats in foul territory. He eventually fanned for the second out.

That brought in Taylor Rogers, who gave up a two run double to right center and then closed the door on the A’s thanks to brilliant diving catch in left center by Byron Buxton of a blast by Olson that would have reknotted the score.

The top of the seventh brought Yusmeiro Petit to the mound to try keeping the deficit at 10-9. With a little help from a pitcher’s best friend (this time, Chapman to Lowrie, to Olson) he did. He kept the Twins off the board in the eigthth as well. Taylor Rogers also kept his opponents off the board in his two innings of work, thanks to a double play in the seventh. He didn’t need that sort of help in the eighth, striking out the side.

Lou Trivino pitched the ninth for the A’s, hoping, like Petit, to hold the line at 10 to 9. He struck out the first two batters he faced, Cave and Rocker. But Ryan Jeffers doubled down the line to left, and Arraez managed to wrangle a full count walk to bring up the dangerous Donaldson, hitting .558 as he came to bat. Trivino went to 3-2 on him as well before inducing a fly out to right.

It was time for Alex Colomé, the Twin Cities’ closer, to make his first appearance of the series. He hit Laureano with a pitch and got Lowrie out on a hooking fly to left. Olson’s sharp single to right just eluded the diving grasp of Arraez at second and sent the speedy Laureano to third with the potelntial tying run. Minnesota brought its infield in with Chapman at bat.

He almost won the game with a fly that landed over the 811 sign, just to the right of the right field foul pole. Instead, he tied it up with a sacrifice fly (actually a line drive) to left that brought Laureano home. Piscotty was at bat with a count of 1-1, and then, and then … Olson got picked off, 1-3-4 to send the game into extra innings.

Rocco Baldelli’s managerial gears began spinning. He sent in Travis Blankenhorn to run for Donaldson, who had been placed at second base. He also inserted Mitch Garver to hit for Cruz. Garver struck out, but Byron Bluxton unloaded a blast into the walkway separating the upper and lower portions of the outfield seats. After Polanco flew out to the center field warning track, Deolis Guerra relieved Trivino and ended the inning by getting Astudillo to pop out to first.

Colomé had a two run lead to work with in the bottom of the tenth. He got his first two men out but then walked Brown, who joined Chapman on the base paths, at least until, moments later, Tony Kemp replaced him at first. Andrus kept the A’s hopes alive by drawing a 3-2 walk to load the bases and bring Canha to the plate. Canha grounded to Blankenhorn, now playing second, who fumbled the ball, letting PIscotty score and leaving the bases loaded.

Laureano came up, 0-4 and needing a single to win the game for Oakland. Instead, he hit a sharp grounder to third. The A’s goose seemed well and truely cooked. But the Golden Glove winning Donaldson wasn’t there. He’d been replaced by Arraez when Blankenhorn stayed in the game to play second. Arraez, playing an unfamiliar position, threw the ball away, and the tying and winning runs came in to give the A’s the win, the series sweep, a 7-0 homestand, and an 11 game winning streak. Baldelli would seem to have outstrategized himself.

The win went to Guerra. He’s 1-0, 1.42. The loss was charged to Colomé. He´s 1-2, with three blown saves and an ERA of 5.63

The A’s have a day off tomorrow as they travel east for a three game series in Baltimore and a four game set-to at Tampa Bay. The A’s return to the Coliseum on April 30 to face the Orioles at 6:40.

Twin killing gets A’s 10th straight win in 1-0 shutout in night cap

The left field lighting powered off during the fifth inning at the Oakland Coliseum causing a 24 minute and 47 seconds delay during the second game of a doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum on Tue Apr 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

Minnesota 0 – 2 – 0

Oakland 1- 4 – 1

Game 2 of doubleheader

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–A half and hour after Oakland A’s (11-7) pitcher Sean Manaea, Mitch Moreland, and Matt Olson demolished the Minnesota Twins (6-10) in a seven inning laugher, the A’s attempted to pull off a twin killing that would extend their winning streak to double figures and set them up for a series sweep tomorrow. in the opening game of today’s double header.

Minnesota, it goes without saying, was seeking to reverse its recent tailspin to that end sent two-time all star (2018 and2019) right hander to the mound. He brought a 2-1, 3.38 record with him. His most recent start was in the second game of a double header in Boston on April 14. He left with the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth but took the loss, and the Twins were swept.

Oakland sent Jesús Luzardo, who, at 0-1, 8.31, still was trying to reestablish the rhythms that had made him one the A’s brightest hopes for the near future.

The first three innings passed quickly and more or less uneventfully, but right fielder Seth Brown provided two highlights in the second that are worth mentioning. In the top of the frame, he made a spectular diving catch of a dying quail off the broken bat of Brent Rocker for the third out. Then, in Oakland’s half of the inning, Brown’s one out double moved Mitch Moreland to third for the Athletics’ first threat of the game.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, it was Brown who drove in the game’s first run. Olson went opposite field against the shift to lead off with a double and moved on to third on Chapman’s fly to right. Following a walk to Moreland, Brown’s single produced a 1-0 lead for the A’s.

Moreland was called out at second by a pick off throw from Berríos, but home plate umpire Scott Barry ruled that time had been called before the play began. The reprive was, however, short lived. Elvis Andrus lined out to left, and Luis Arraez made a swift, accurate throw to Willians Astudillo at second to double off Moreland and put an end to the threat.

A light bank failure in left field with one out in the top of the fifth caused a delay of 24 minutes, 47 seconds. When play resumed, Luzardo didn’t miss a beat, striking out Brent Rocker and getting Estudillo to pop out to shallow right field, where second baseman Vimael Machín made a lovely over the head grab of the ball.

Berríos didn’t lose any effectiveness during the delay, either. He set the A’s down, 1-2-3, in the fifth, and the game remained tied at one. After a walk to Arraez and a strike out of Ryan Jefferson, Luzardo handed the ball over to Lou Trivino, who struck Garver for the second out.

During Garver’s AB, Arraez advanced to second on a passed ball. With the dangerous ex-Athletic Josh Donaldson at the plate, Trivino uncorked a wild pitch that brought Arraez within 90 feet of home. Trivino struck Donaldson out looking.

Luzardo’s line ended up at no runs over 5-1/3 innings, on two hits, one walk, and three strike outs. He threw 65 pditches, 44 for strikes and reduced his bloated ERA to 5.89.

The fifth was the final frame for Berríos, who was replaced by Hansel Robles. Minnesota’s starter had allowed an earned run on four hits and one walk. He struck out five Athletics and hit one of them, Canha. 59 of his 89 hits were strikes.

Melvin called on Jake Diekman to try for the save in the top of the seventh. He started off inauspiciouslly, hitting Nelson Cruz with a 2-2 delivery to open the inning. The count went to 2-2 on the following batter, Byron Buxton, who fanned.

Jorge Polanco hit a 2-2 pitch to short, where Andrus couldn’t handle it. The error put runners on first and second with one out. Diekman struck out Rocker on an 0-2, 95 mph four seamer. Then Astudilo drove a 1-2, 96 mph four seam fastball to the left field wall, where Canha made a leaping catch to give the Athletics their tenth consecutive win.

The W went to Luzardo; the gutsy save to Diekman, his first. The tough loss went to Berríos.

Tomorrow´s fray, scheduled for 12:37. Frankie Montás (2-1, 4.91) will face Kenta Maeda (1-1, 2.45) in the final game of the A’s current home stand.

A’s Manaea goes the distance (7 innings) to get 7-0 shutout in front game over Twins

Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman (26) and Matt Olson (28) make a celebratory reaction after Olson hit a grand slam off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jorge Alcala (66) in the fourth inning of game one of their MLB doubleheader at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (photo from Bay Area News Group)

Minnesota. 0 – 6 – 2

Oakland 7 – 5 – 0

First game doubleheader

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–After an unexpected day off yesterday, due to Covid19 problems in the Minnesota organization, the Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins got around to the business of playing pandemic- inflected baseball with a pair of games scheduled to go seven innings each, beginning at 3:30 this afternoon.

34 year old right hander Matt Shoemaker brought a 1-0, 4.32 record with him to the mound for the Twinkies, while Sean Manaea, four years Shoemaker’s junior and throwing with his left hand, put his 1-1, 4.32 record on the line for the Athletics.

Eight of the nine batters Oakland’s southpaw would have to face in the visitors’ starting lineup were either right handed or, in one case, switch hitters. The home team brought an eight game winning streak with them to the Coliseum, while the Twins were 2-6 over their last eight contests.

Before the game, Stephen Piscotty was reinstated from the paternity list (congratulations) and was back patrolling right field at game time. Ka’ai Tom was designated for assignment. He’d gone one for 16 and scored one run in the nine games he’d played for the A’s.

Mike Moreland put the A’s ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the second with a line drive over the yellow line across the right field scorebord just to the right of the 382 foot marker. Sean Murphy, who had forrced Chapman out at second, was on base at the time. It was Moreland’s first round tripper and sixth and seventh RBI for the green and gold.

Moreland extended the lead in his next at bat, leading off the home fourth.. This time he went really deep, 405 feet to right center on a 92 mph slider that Shoemaker threw him on an 0-2 count. An out, a single, and a walk later, Shoemaker was out of the game.

He’d lasted a mere 3-1/3, in which he’d given up three runs (all earned) and still was on the hook for two more possible tallies. He hadn’t struck anyone out but had walked four batters and allowed four hits. Of his 67 pitches, 39 were strikes.

Shoemaker’s replacement, Jorge Alcalá, manmaged to get Laureano on a called third strike, but he walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases, and then surrendered a massive grand slam into the right field second deck by Olson. It was his fourth home run of the year and raused his RBI total to an even dozen, tying him with Lowrie for the team lead.

The two runs for which Shoemaker was on the hook now were on his record. He also remained on the hook for the loss, which left him at 1-1, 6.28. After Alacalá got his second strike out (Chapman) to end the inning, he was gone, and Luke Farrell made his first appearance as a Twin to open the fifth. Lewis Thorpe mopped up for Minnesota in the sixth.

Moreland and Olson’s power led the offense for Oakland, which also included four stolen bases, one each by Canha and Piscotty, and two by Andrus.

Manea was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 2-1, 3.04. He was credited with a complete game, the second of his big league career. His other CG was his 2018 no hitter against the Red Sox. In his seven inning stint today, Manaea gave up six hits and a walk. He struck out seven.

The teams will be at it again in a half an hour.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s and Twins will restart series with doubleheader today at Coliseum

The Detroit Tigers Will Castro slides behind Oakland A’s catcher Sean Murphy during the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun Apr 18, 2021 the A’s won the ball game 3-2 (AP News photo)

#1 After the tough start the Oakland A’s had at 0-6 the A’s look like contenders now after winning eight straight games.

#2 The A’s got two shutouts during their four game series with the Detroit Tigers the first shutout came on Friday when the A’s shutout the Tigers 3-0 behind A’s starter Frankie Montas and three relievers

#3 On Saturday starter Cole Irvin pitched six innings, four hits and the bullpen shut the Tigers out for the rest of the game.

#4 How much will the postponed game from Monday break the A’s momentum from their eight game winning streak going into today’s doubleheader.

#5 The Minnesota Twins organization is concerned about what is happening in their community with civil unrest, racial injustice and their Covid-19 protocols as a result they’ve had a number of games postponed.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez has all the play by play of Oakland A’s baseball on the Oakland A’s Spanish flagship station 1010 KIQI LaGrande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s win 8 straight; Twins games postponed from racial injustice and Covid-19 issues

Manager Bob Melvin is none too surprised that the A’s had a seven game win streak after starting the season at 0-6. Melvin had said the team is too talented to be 0-6. (AP File photo)

On the podcast with Barbara:

#1 It’s not a matter of asking “who are these guys” with the recent eight game winning steak of the A’s but rather the question is more like “who are these guys” when the opened the season 0-6.

#2 A’s manager Bob Melvin knew all along that after breaking out of that opening week funk the A’s were good enough, smart enough to make things happen.

#3 In the four game series that the A’s (9-7) just completed against the Detroit Tigers (6-10) over the weekend the A’s threw two shutouts. A’s starting pitchers Frankie Montas and the bullpen on Friday threw a dandy after Montas who pitched six innings and surrendered just two hits left and three relievers shutout the Tigers the rest of the way for the 3-0 win.

#4 On Saturday’s game A’s starter Cole Irvin and three relief pitchers shutout the Tigers 7-0. Irvin went six innings and gave up just four hits.

#5 Tonight the Oakland A’s three game series against the Minnesota Twins (6-8) has been postponed until Tuesday as a doubleheader due the Twins having Covid-19 protocol issues.

#6 The Twins as an organization have been concerned and paid tribute regarding the recent murder of young motorist Daunte Wright 20 at the hands of 26 year veteran Brooklyn police officer Kim Potter , the Twins had postponed one of their games against the Boston Red Sox on Mon Apr 12th at Target Field out respect for Wright. The Derek Chauvin case is going to the jury if Chauvin is found guilty for involuntary manslaughter chances are Minneapolis could face heavy protesting and sports in Minnesota will most likely be further postponed.

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