A’s behind Blackburn’s strong outing beat Mariners 4-2 for second game in a row

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn throws against the Seattle Mariners line up in the bottom of the first inning at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Wed May 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (19-27) finished the short six-game road trip with a victory over the Seattle Mariners (18-27) Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park. Oakland won the game 4-2. The A’s took two out of three from the M’s and finished the trip with a 3-3.

A’s starter, Paul Blackburn, continued to pitch well. Blackburn’s record is now 5-0, and he lowered his ERA to 1.70. Blackburn went five and one-third innings and allowed just one hit. He came out of the game as he had walked a career-high five batters.

Robbie Ray, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, went six innings and allowed seven hits and three runs. Ray had a season-high ten strikeouts. He was tagged for two home runs. Ray had given up a big fly in five consecutive games. He is 4-5, with an ERA of 4.77).

The A’s drew first blood in the top of the fourth. With two out, A’s first baseman Seth Brown blasted his third home run of the right into the stands in right field. When facing a left-handed pitcher this season, Brown entered the game with just one hit off the southpaws.

His luck changed on Wednesday. He tagged Ray for a double in the first and homered in the fourth.

In the sixth, with one out, Christian Bethancourt singled. A’s shortstop, Elvis Andrus, homered to left to make it a 3-0 game. For Andrus, it was his first home run of the year.

The Mariners fought back. They scored a solo run in the seventh and another run in the eighth to make it a 3-2 game. The Run in the eighth scored on Zach Jackson’s wild pitch. 

The A’s added an insurance run in the ninth. With two out, Luis Barrera singled to give the A’s a 4-2 advantage. Dany Jimenez closed out the game to earn his tenth save of the year.

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are now 19-27. The M’s fall to 19-27. The Line for Oakland was four runs, nine hits, and no errors. Seattle’s line was two runs, five hits, and no errors.

The A’s will host the Texas Rangers for four games starting Thursday at the Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland.

The A’s will send Frankie Montas(2-4, 3.55 ERA) to do the pitching. The Rangers will have left hander Martin Perez (3-2, 3.62 ERA) doing the hurling for them.

The teams will meet for the second series this season. The Rangers took two out three when they were here in April. First pitch at 6:40 pm.

Crawford’s RBI single scores Ruf for walk off run in ninth for SF’s 13-12 win

Let the celebration begin the San Francisco Giants Roc Pederson (23) and Brandon Crawford (35) jump for joy after Crawford’s walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scores Darrin Ruf at Oracle Park in San Francisco against the New York Mets on Tue May 24, 2022 (San Francisco Giants twitter photo)

New York (NL). 12. 18. 0

San Francisco. 13. 19. 0

Tuesday May 24, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Before the Mets came to town, I asked James and Max Wood, my Massachusetts Mets Mavens, what they could expect from the National League East’s first place team.

Max wrote, “The person on the Mets I’d pay the most attention to is Pete Alonso. Since the start of this month, he’s hitting over .300, has hit 6 homers, and has an OPS of close to 1.000.” James commented,

The Mets are playing all-around great ball so far. Aggressive but smart on the bases. Consistent fielding. Pitching has been solid, even without Jacob DeGrom.

As far as specific players:

-utility infielder Luis Guillorme is red-hot at the plate and in the field. His last 10 games (with an at-bat) he’s 14 for 32 (.438).

-Brandon Nimmo (CF) leads off and is my favorite player on the team. Runs hard on EVERYTHING (including HRs and BBs!).

-Jeff McNeil (2B and LF mostly) is also a scrappy player who hits the ball everywhere.

-I guess with DeGrom and Max Scherzer out, Pete Alsonzo is their “superstar” (sorry, Francisco Lindor). Aside from how far he can hit the ball, he’s also just fun to watch—young, enthusiastic, and friendly. He’s not Keith Hernandez, but I think he’s quite good at first. Easily the best Met there since John Olerud (but that’s not saying much).

Well, all the mentioned players who appeared in Wednesday night’s 13-3 rout of the Giants performed as Alex Wood had expected. Brandon Nimmo went two for five; Pete Alonso, three for five with three runs batted in; and Jeff McNeill, two for four with two ribbies.

Game recap: So you can see that Logan Webb, coming into the game with a record 5-1,3.54 after his frustrating last start, when the bullpen blew his 5-2 lead against the Rockies, faced a daunting task in front of him when he threw his first pitch, a ball, at 6:45.

Ex-A’s keep coming to Oracle to haunt win starved Oakland fans. Tonight, two of the three ghosts of glory (or at least contention) past were Starling Marte, playing in right field, and Mark Canha, in left. The other was Chris Bassitt, taking the mound to start for the team from Queens.

Bassitt had been mediocre in his start, lasting 6-1/3 innings and yielding four earned runs on nine hits, two of the four base variety, escaping with a non decision that left his record at 4-2, 2.77. The 33 year old righty has a large arsenal of pitches.

It features, in descending order of frequency, a sinker, slider, cutter, four seamer, curve, and change of pace. He uses his favorite pitch about 27% of the time.

When it was all over, the Giants had outlasted the Mets, defeating them 13-12 in a contest that defies description and may well have caused heart attacks all around the Bay Area and in the households of east coasters who stayed up late to listen to or watch the game.

Another ex Athletic, Tommy LaStella, led off against Bassitt in the bottom of the second with a single to short. MikeYastrzemski’s double into the left field corner put two runners in scoring position with none down.

Darin Ruf’s grounder to short scored LaStella, but neither Joc Pederson nor Brandon Crawford enabled Yaz any further advancement.

McNeill opened the top of the second with a rifle shot down the right field line that Ruf’s dive just missed blocking. Then Eduardo Escobar took an 0-2 pitch into right for a single that put runners on the corners.

Canha’s single to center knotted the score at one, and there it stood after Dominic Smith forced Canha out at second, Tomás Nido grounded out to Web, and Nimmo ended the frame with a soft liner to short.

Lightening struck in the home third. With one out, Yastrzemski walked. Ruf fanned on three pitches, and then Pederson took Bassitt´s first offering, an 87 mph cutter, 363 feet deep and over the right field wall. San Francisco was up again, this time 3-1.

The home team continued attacking in the fourth. With one down, Luis González bounced a double off the right field wall. Kevin Padlo grounded out to second, allowing González to take third. Michael Papierski, batting in the ninth position and still looking for his first big league hit, did his bit by walking.

With the count at 2-1, Bassitt threw him a 93 mph four seamer, an LaStella deposited it 347 feet away, over the wall in right. Suddenly, the Giants had six runs on the board, and they led by five.

The Mets got one of those runs back in the top of the fifth. Catcher Thomas Nido led off with a single to center and moved on to second when Nimmmo was hit by a pitch.

Marte hit into what crew chief and first base umpire James Hoye thought was a 6-4-3 double play, but the review crew in New York disabused him of that misapprehension, and Marte was ruled safe at first. The force out left Nido on third base, from which he scored on Lindor’s sacrifice fly to center.

That run, while drawing the Mets closer, did little to turn the tide because Ruf opened the home fifth with a single to left center, and Roc Pederson went yard with his eighth round tripper of the year, a no doubter that carried 436 feet into right. It came on a 93 mph sinker

Bassitt fanned Crawford on a full count for the first out of the frame, issued a walk to Thairo Estrada and then went to the showers. His replacement was Stephen Nogosek, who struck out Luis González and Kevin Padlo to end the episode.

Bassitt had lasted 4-1/3 innings and allowed eight runs, all of them earned, on eight hits, three of them four baggers, and three walks. He struck out four. His pitch total was 92, 52 of them strikes. His ERA rose to 3.91.

Webb didn’t come out to pitch the sixth. In his five innings of work, he held the Mets to two runs, both earned, on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He threw 93 pitches, 63 for strikes, and lowered his ERA by a tiny amount to 3.54. Jarlín García replaced him and, in spite of a one out double to Escobar, held New York scoreless in his inning before yielding to Dominic Leone at the top of the seventh.

Facing Leone, Francisco Lindor cut into the Giants´ lead. After Marte beat out the throw on a two out grounder to third, the Mets´shortstop sent a 95 mph four seamer into the seats above the Levi’s Landing sign in right to make the score 8-4, San Francisco.

Tyler Rogers brought his magical spinning bag of sidearm tricks to the mound in the New York eighth, but none of them seemed to work. McNeil singled to right and went to second on an Escobar single to left center. Canha hit a squeakily grounder to third that, perhaps because of the strange spin on Rogers’ pitches, Padlo couldn’t handle.

Drew Smith sent a solid single to right center, scoring McNeil and Escobar, and Canha reached third. With the score now 8-6, Luis Guillorme rounded to first, Ruf threw home, and Papierski threw to Padlo at third, who tagged Canha for the first out of the inning. Nimmo got an infield single.

Starling Marte hit a grounder to third, and it looked like a throwing error on the throw to second that allowed. Nimmo to reach that base and Marte to be safe at first. It was ruled a hit. Lindor hit a liner, Pederson fell over himself trying to field it, and the Mets’ shortstop was on third with a bases clearing triple.

He scored on a sac fly by Alonso. McNeil and Escobar singled, and Camilo Doval replaced Rogers, who had pitched 1/3 of an inning and allowed seven runs, all of them earned, on seven hits. Doval got Canha to ground out to short to stop the massacre

Drew Smith was given the task of preserving New York’s three run lead in the bottom of the eighth. He breezed through the first two batters he faced but then yielded a single to Yaz and walked Ruf. All of a sudden, Pederson was at the plate representing the potential tying run. All of a sudden, he scored it, with a splash hit, no less! On a 98 mph four seamer. Exit Smith, enter Joely Rodríguez.

Crawford lined back to him, the ball bounced to third, and Crawford beat Escobar’s throw to first. Estrada followed with a single to right. Crawford rounded second and had to scramble back to beat Marte’s throw to the bag. González grounded to second.

McNeil got his glove on it but couldn’t control it, and Gonazález’s infield hit loaded the bases. Exit, Rodríguez, enter Adam Ottavino, wearing number zero. He struck Padlo out, and we went into the ninth tied at eleven.

Believe me, I’m not making this up. (But I am having a tough time following it).

John Brebbia, pitching for SF in the ninth, was greeted by a triple (surprise!) by Dominic Smith. Travis Jankowski ran for him and scored on Nimmo’s sac fly to left. Marte grounded out to short.

The Giants were down to their last three outs.

Edwin Díaz strolled in from the bull pen to try to earn the save.

Wilmer Flores singled to ccnter.

LaStella grounded into a double play, second to short to first.

Mike Yastrzemski came to bat. He worked a full count.

He walked.

Darin Ruf singled to right, moving Yaz into scoring position at second.

The Mets huddled on the mound.

Joc Pederson stood in the batter´s box. He took a strike.

He took a ball that almost hit him on his front knee.

He singled to center, scoring Yastrzemski, tying the game, and moving Ruf to second.

Crawford laced a 2-2 pitch into left, Ruf rounded third and headed home

He slid between catcher Patrick Mazeika’s legs with the winning run.

John Brebbia got the win. He’s 2-0, 2.70. Díaz got charged with the loss. He’s 1-1, 2.89.

The rubber game of this amazing series is scheduled to start at 6:45 the Mets will start left hand pitcher Thomas Szapucki (0-0, 0.00) the Giants will go with Jakob Junis (1-1,2.70) at Oracle Park.

A’s beat M’s 7-5; End M’s 13-game dominance over Oakland

Top of the fifth inning the Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie (left) is greeted by teammate Elvis Andrus (right) after hitting a two run fifth inning home run at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Tue May 24, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (18-27) offense, slumbering for most of the season, pounded out 13 hits en route to a hard-fought 7-5 win over the Seattle Mariners (18-26) Tuesday night. The A’s had 11 hits in the game Monday night but lost by one run.

Oakland was hoping starter James Kaprielian would give the team a quality start. Unfortunately for the Green and Gold, Kapielian lasted five innings. He gave seven up hits and five runs in his five innings of work. His era went from 4.50 to 5.48 as a result.

The M’s starter George Kirby didn’t do well either. Kirby pitched five innings and was tagged for eight hits and four runs. The saving grace for the A’s was the work of the bullpen. Sam Moll, Domingo Acevedo, Zach Jackson, and Danny Jimenez pitched four scoreless innings and allowed the Mariners two hits.

The A’s found the M’s bullpen offerings to their liking as they put three runs on the board to win 7-5. Sam Moll was the winning pitcher, and Dany Jimenez earned his ninth save.

Dating back to last season, Seattle had beaten the A’s 13 consecutive times. The A’s win Tuesday night ended that losing streak. It wasn’t easy as the M’s fought back every time Oakland had the lead.

The A’s drew first blood in the first inning. Second baseman Tony Kemp started things going with a leadoff single. Kemp stole second and scored on Chad Pinder’s double. The A’s made it 2-0 when they plated a run in the top of the third. With one out, Kemp singled to right-center. Designated hitter Jed Lowrie doubled to shallow rightfield to drive in Kemp.

In the bottom half of the third, Seattle evened the score. With one out, Taylor Trammell walked. Jesse Winker singled, sending Trammell to third. Both players scored when M’s first baseman Ty France doubled to center. The game was 2-2 after three.

In the top of the fifth, with one out, Tony Kemp bunted for a hit. It was his third hit of the night. Jed Lowrie then homered to make it 4-2. The lead didn’t last long as the M’s scored three times in the bottom of the fifth.

M’s catcher Cal Raleigh reached safely on Seth Brown’s error. Jesse Winker singled, sending Raleigh to third. Raleigh scored on Ty France’s ground out. The M’s kept the rally going. Kaprielian retired Adam Frazier for the second out. Julio Rodriguez homered to put the Mariners in the lead for the first time, 5-4.

As mentioned above, the A’s fought back. In the sixth, they tied the game when shortstop Elvis Andrus led off the inning with a solo dinger. They broke the tie in the seventh. With two out and no one on base, Sean Murphy walked.

Elvis Andrus singled. Murphy was able to score on Jesse Winker’s fielding error. Andrus advanced to second on the play. A’s right-fielder Luis Barrera doubled to drive in Andrus with the A’s seventh run. The A’s win 7-5.

Game Notes-The stars of the game for Oakland Tony Kemp, with three hits and three runs scored. Jed Lowrie had two hits, including a home run and three RBIs. Elvis Andrus had two hits, two runs, and a homer. Luis Barrera had two knocks and an RBI.

Seattle’s starters were Jesse Winker with two hits and two runs scored. Ty France had three RBIs, and Julio Rodriguez hit a home run, good for two runs.

The A’s and Mariners finish the three-game series Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park. A first pitch slated at 12:27 pm. Starting for Oakland Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.91) and for Seattle Robbie Ray (4-4, 4.77).

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Oakland to Las Vegas Shuttle

Artists rendition of the inside of a retractable roofed Las Vegas Oakland A’s stadium as A’s vice president David Kaval and A’s front office staff returned from a visit to Vegas finalizing sites for the A’s in event they don’t get the Howard Terminal project (Artist rendition image from bleedcubbieblue.com)

The Oakland To Las Vegas Shuttle

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–Dave Kaval, President of the Oakland A’s was in Las Vegas last week for meeting with area landowners. The A’s down to two possible locations, and Kaval said the hopes of announcing a final site soon. 

Steve Hill, CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said that although a room tax is off the table, there are other means that could benefit the A’s if the team relocates to Las Vegas. Public assistance could be made available to help lure the team to Sin City.

Mr.Kaval has been made aware as he met with Mr.Hill, but the A’s, they do not want to negotiate in public.   Earlier this month, the A’s had a list of five possible ballpark sites, so the elimination of three indicates the process could wrap up soon.

What’s new for Las Vegas -The possibility of public assistance made available is important since throughout the year most state and local politicians seem to oppose using public money to help fund the A’s ballpark. But know, a change of strategy.

On deck- June 30 a key vote by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission which would allow the project to proceed. If this vote doesn’t get the approval, Oakland is basically out of gas. If it gets a positive vote, the next step is for the city of Oakland to come to terms with the Oakland A’s on a development agreement.

How about the lawsuits?  On April 4, 2022. Three separate lawsuits were filed in Alameda County Superior Court by Union Pacific Railroad, The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority and a coalition that includes the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, Harbor Trucking Association, California Trucking Association, metal-shredding company Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc., and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.  The City of Oakland and the Oakland A’s are listed as defendants.

California State law: Under AB 734 which was authored by former Assemblyman Rob Bonta, who is now the state attorney general, any lawsuits challenging the environmental impact report would have to be decided within 270 days of the report getting approved.

That puts the court process on a timeline of nine months from now, or January 2023.

Meanwhile, the Oakland to Las Vegas Shuttle continues…

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Three long balls propel Mariners to a 7-6 win over A’s to open series in Seattle

The Seattle Mariners Julio Rodriquez slugs a fifth inning single against the Oakland A’s at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Mon May 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Seattle Mariners welcomed the Oakland A’s to T-Mobile Park Monday night for three games. The Mariners dominated Oakland last year as they won 15 of the 19 games. Seattle continued their dominance as they won their 13th consecutive game over the A’s 7-6. 

The Mariners used the long ball to earn the victory. A’s starter, lefty Zach Logue, gave up three big flys to the M’s. Seattle’s centerfielder, Julio Rodriguez, blasted a three-run shot in the bottom of the third to give the M’s an early 3-0 advantage.

The A’s rallied to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Chad Pinder hit a solo homer to make it 3-1. With one out, catcher Sean Murphy doubled. First baseman Christian Bethancourt singled to send Murphy to third.

Kevin Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Murphy with the A’s second run. Bethancourt advanced to third when Elvis Andrus singled. Tony Kemp followed with a single to drive in Bethancourt with the inning’s third run.

The tie didn’t last long as Seattle put two more on the board in their half of the fourth. With one out, A’s starter Zach Logue walked Luis Torrens. Logue then served up a gopher ball to the M’s catcher Cal Raleigh to make it a 5-3 game.

The Mariners increased the lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Again, with one out, Logue walked Julio Rodriguez. The next hitter, Eugenio Suarez, took Logue deep. A’s manager removed Logue from the game. Domingo Acevedo came in from the bullpen and retired the next two hitters.

The A’s sent nine men to the plate in the top of the sixth. The A’s had four hits in the frame, and three men scored. The big hit was a double off the bat of rookie Cristian Pache. The A’s trail 7-6.

There was no more scoring in the game. The A’s relievers, A.J.Puk, Lou Trivino, and Sam Moll, kept the M’s bats quiet. The M’s bullpen did their job, too. The A’s bats went to sleep after the sixth as they wound up losing 7-6 to Seattle.

Game Notes: With the loss, the A’s are now 17-27, ten games under .500. The Mariners improved to 18-25. 

The A’s have now lost 13 consecutive games to the Mariners. They hope to get back on the winning track Tuesday night. 

The time of the game was 3:24. There were 14, 415 fans in the park to watch the M’s take down the A’s. Starting pitchers on Tuesday night at T Mobile Field in Seattle for the A’s James Kaprielian (0-2 ERA 4.50) and for the Seattle Mariners George Kirby (0-1, 3.60) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: White Sox surprised Yanks Donaldson got just a one day suspension; Cardinals Molina out for bereavement after pitching Sunday

New York Yankees Josh Donaldson (left) and manager Aaron Boone (right) talk during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago on Sun May 22, 2022 (AP News)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 MLB suspended New York Yankees Josh Donaldson one game for making a Jackie Robinson reference to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson on Saturday. Donaldson after the game in New York made the Jackie Robinson reference and said he meant no disrespect but White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz was surprised that he only got one day.

#2 The Jackie Robinson reference was an undertone a dog whistle to Anderson who is black and Donaldson is white player. Donaldson said that he was joking around in the past with Anderson about the Robinson reference when Anderson said he feels like today’s Jackie Robinson.

#3 Amaury, Sunday the St Louis Cardinals pitcher Yadier Molina who pitched in relief giving up two home runs and four runs after the Cardinals swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games at PNC Park. The Cardinals have placed Molina on the bereavement list the reason for the bereavement was not disclosed.

#4 The San Francisco Giants are coming off losing a three game sweep against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. The Giants also lost first baseman Brandon Belt to the 10 day IL for an inflamed right knee. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said the team is still in good shape.

#5 The Oakland A’s have lost seven of their last ten games and have lost two of three to the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend including Sunday’s 4-1 loss. A’s pitcher Cole Irvin lost the contest and the A’s are not getting any run support.

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

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Baseball Do you enjoy position players pitching?

St Louis Cardinal pitcher Yadier Molina is not too thrilled after giving up a two run ninth inning home run at PNC Park on Sun May 22, 2022 to the Pittsburgh Pirates Jack Suwinski. Molina is one of two position players to have pitched this season for the Cardinals (AP News photo)

Baseball: Do you enjoy Position players Pitching?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Today it has become more common to see a position player pitching at the end of a game with a lopsided score. Because it is now more common and it has lost a lot of the “fun” that it used to be. And the more it happens in the future, the more it would mean “not much”.

Unless those are Hall of Fame players, such guys as Albert Pujols and his good friend Yadier Molina, both in St Louis, they are first vote Hall of Famers in the future and those are guys that have done everything in baseball, except pitch, until recently.

During the Phillies 2018 Spring Training, manager Gabe Kapler experimented with his utility players throw occasional bullpen sessions. The purpose of this was to use them in game situations. It was not meant to be as a “joke” or fun if your team was winning or losing by 15 runs in the ninth inning. Kapler’s experiment was just that, an experiment.

Gabe Kapler, (now managing the Giants) used outfielder Luis González to pitch against the San Diego Padres on Sunday at Oracle Park, when the game was 10-1 in favor of the Padres, who swept the Giants. González did a great job as he pitched for 2 innings gave up 1 hit and no runs, his ERA 0.00

The first 40-40 man in history, José Canseco came to pitch for the Texas Rangers against the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 1993. He pitched one inning (the 8th) gave up 2 hits 3 earned runs, walked three and his earned run average ended at 27.00.

Canseco injured his arm and underwent Tommy John surgery to end his season. José had said in the past his dream was to pitch during a major league game. Was that fun José? By-the way, just three days prior to his pitching debut and retirement, on May 26, his head produced a home run, as he was playing right field when a batted ball hit his head and went over the fence.

That also was not a lot of fun for José, but he took it in stride after all there is no Tommy John surgery for your head. José Canseco played for another 10 years and retired after the 2001 season. He played for 17 years in the major leagues as an Outfielder-Designated Hitter and…Pitcher.

In conclusion. Using a position player to pitch, in any situation is like ordering Babe Ruth to lay a bunt. However, Ruth had a sacrifice bunt every year between 1915 and 1930. From 1922 to 1930 The Bambino hit 403 homeruns and also laid down 33 sacrifice bunts.

However, Ruth also won 65 games as a pitcher. In my book, I like to see a super star like Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina to pitch in a game that is already decided, but I will not enjoy an average player taking the ball, unless his team has totally ran out of pitchers.

But that is only my opinion, I am sure many would disagree. One thing we could all agree is that today, their is only one Shohei “Showtime”) Ohtani, he can really hit and really pitch, with the best of them.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for the Oakland A’s on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Giants can’t stop Padres Machado; SF’s Gonzalez comes in from leftfield to relieve; Giants meet the Mets tonight at Oracle

The San Diego Padres Manny Machado (left) greets Jake Cronenworth (right) after scoring on the San Francisco Giants in the top of the fourth inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, the San Diego Padres (22-14) Manny Machado was being Manny again three doubles and a triple he had an MVP type game lending to the Padres 10-1 laugher and series sweep on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants (22-18).

#2 For Machado it was a career high and tied the Padres all time record for extra base hits in a ball game Machado also picked up two RBIs. Becoming the eighth Padre to accomplish four extra base hits in a game.

#3 The Padres improve their record to four games over .500 and Machado said after the game that San Diego is a good ball club and said that if things continue this way things will fall into place.

#4 The Giants brought in relief pitcher Luis Gonzalez who had been playing in rightfield. Gonzalez who pitched against the Padres in the top of the seventh got the side in order and came out again in the top of the eight giving up a hit but again got out of the inning unscathed after two a 80 plus MPH change up and mostly 48 MPH lob balls that kept the hitters off balance.

#5 The New York Mets (28-15) who are one of baseball’s hottest teams come to Oracle Park to open a three game series with the Giants on Monday night. Starting pitcher for the Mets lefthander David Peterson (1-0, 1.89) Peterson will be opposed by Giant starter Alex Cobb (3-1, 5.61) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Morris for the Giants podcast each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Padres win in a laugher 10-1; Giants Gonzalez retires Padres in relief in two innings

San Diego Padres Eric Hosmer makes it into first coasting as San Francisco Giants first baseman Wilmer Flores can’t find the handle on the ball as Giants pitcher John Brebbia watches the play unfold at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Sun May 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

San Diego. 10. 17. 0

San Francisco. 1. 4. 1

Sunday May 22, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

SAN FRANCISCO–Hoping to salvage one game of what had been ahard fought three game series against the San Diego Padres, the 22-17 San Francisco Giants sent veteran left hander Alex Wood (3-2,3.93) to battle against the 26-14 friars.

When the game was over, the Giants stood at 22-18, the Padres at 27-14, and Wood at 3-3, 4.82. He had lasted a scant three innings plus and was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks. He threw 73 pitches, 50 of which were strikes. Of course, every batted ball from a weak foul through a home run counts as a strike. But he did strike out four opponents.

The Giants’ starter, who features a four seamer, change up, curve, and slider, was matched against fellow southpaw MacKenzie Gore (2-1,2.17 at game time), the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, This was the first time he pitched against an NL West rival.

He threw three shutout innings against the Phillies last Tuesday, the first and only time he pitched out of the bullpen in his professional career. He has the same inventory of deliveries as Wood, although he uses them in a different order of frequency.

The San Diego prospect left, assured of his third victory, after six brilliant innings in which he surrendered one run, earned, on three hits a walk, striking out a half a dozen Giants. He threw 90 pitches, 54 for strikes and reduced his ERA to 2.06.

Before the game, the Giants announced that they had placed Brandon Belt on the 10 day injured list effective May 19 as a result of the inflammation of his right knee.They recalled third baseman Kevin Padlo from the PCL, where he was hitting a combined .238 for Tacoma and Sacramento.

The visitors jumped out to an early lead. The Manny You Love to Hate laced into Wood’s first pitch to him, a sinker, for a one out double to left center and came around to score on Jurickson Profar’s infield single and Wil Myers’ single to left.

They doubled down on that one run in the second on a leadoff double by Ha-Seong Kim, a double to left center by Austin Nola, and Jake Cronenworth’s sac fly to center.

Wood managed to hold the Padres to a single in the third, but he couldn’t resist their onslaught in the fourth. Nola led off with a full count walk and moved up to second on Azocar’s single to center.

After smacking a splash foul, Jake Cronenworth brought Nola home with a single to center that moved Azocar to third and ended the day for Wood. Mashing Manny greeted John Brebbia, Wood’s successor, with a double that would have been a single if Darin Ruf hadn’t attempted a diving catch in left.

That brought in both runners, and it was 5-0, Pads. Profar grounded out to third, and Hosmer hit an in offensive grounder to first that Flores bobbled for an error.

San Diego’s first sacker advanced to second on a passed ball. Both he and Machado then crossed the plate on Myers’ rule book double to left. At last, Nola, who had walked to start the inning, struck out to end it.

The long wait in the dugout for the top of the fourth to end seemed to affect pitching. He walked Ruf on four pitches, and Yaztremski drove an 87 mph slider against the wall in right center for a double, sending Ruf to third. He scored on Flores’s sac fly to right.

It took only three pitches for Gore to fan Longoria, so when Azocar corralled Crawford’s drive in the deepest part of centerfield, it was the third out and the end of the Giants’ micro rally.

Jack Littell, replacing Brebbia in the fifth, became the third San Francisco hurler to be scored upon. He managed to retire the first two men he faced, but the third was Machado, who bettered his earlier double by a base with a triple to right center. He waltzed home on Profar’s single to right, and San Diego was up 8-1.

One inning later, and Littell still was on the mound. Myers hit a grounder to short that ate up Crawford and wound up as a single in left center. Then Luke Voit lifted a fly to left. Ruf went back for it, then came in for it, then looked at loss, and finally picked it up after it fell for a single that allowed Myers to score the Pad’s ninth run.

Voit went to third on Kim’ double to left and took San Diego’s run total into double digits on Azocar’s RBI groundout to short.

It was the turn of Mauricio Llovera, starting the seventh, to be bedeviled by Machado, who lashed a ground ball at Crawford, who once again was just a fraction of a second late in gathering in the ball, which skipped by him into left center field while Manny motored into second with a leg double. But Llovera held firm and escaped unscored upon.

Craig Stammen relieved Gore in the seventh and set San Francisco down in order. Luis Gonzalez in a reprise of his performance against Albert Pujols pulled a Pablo, and pitched a perfect top of the eighth.

He then hit a one out single in the home half of the inning. The Padres managed one hit, a Cronenworth two bagger off the right field wall in the ninth, but González closed out his line with two scoreless innings.

Steven Wilson set the Giants down 1-2-3 to close out the dismal game and series.

The NL East leading Mets come to town tomorrow to test the meddle of the faltering orange and gold. Game time is 6:45. David Peterson (1-0,1.89) will throw for the New Yorkers, and Alex Cobb (3-1,5.61) will take the mound for the Giants.

Headline Sports podcast with Bruce Magowan: Padres should be a post season team; When Tatis returns they could dominate NL West; plus much more

The San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr who is seen here during Sep 25, 2022 game against the Atlanta Braves is on the IL but could be a help the Padres dominate the NL West upon his return. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with Bruce:

The San Diego Padres who wrapped up a three game series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. San Diego really underachieved by not making the playoffs last season which was a major disappointment after bringing in Manny Machado. There is no question when Fernando Tatis Jr returns he can help the club but hasn’t been healthy of late and on the IL. There is no question the Padres really have some good pitching.

I would really be surprised if the Padres don’t make the playoffs. The Giants best bet would be to get a wild card and they could end up playing the Padres. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Padres and Giants are three of the best teams in baseball.

The Giants are probably number eight in baseball which is pretty good their a team that nobody expected to win last season and their still winning this season with a makeshift line up sometimes. Also remnants of the old Candlestick Park days last Friday when fans threw beer bottles and a baseball at the San Diego Padres Jurickson Profar who was playing leftfield who later called the Giants fans “the worst fans in baseball.”

Profar is a utility guy whose playing leftfield right now he’s one of those guys you won’t call him a hothead but he’s hyper he’s very open he’s like the Golden State Warriors Draymond Green you either love him or you hate him.

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