That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Roger Maris Jr. Says Barry Bonds Home run record is Illegitimate

Mother and child reunion: New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge celebrates home run number 61 with mother Patty at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wed Sep 28, 2022 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Judge becomes tied for the American League single season lead with Yankee Roger Maris Sr (AP News photo)

Roger Maris Jr. Says Barry Bonds Home run record is Illegitimate

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

Roger Maris Jr. was in attendance in Toronto on Thursday, September 28, when Yankee slugger Aaron Judge hit home run No.61 to tie his father Roger Maris who established the Home run record in the American League hitting 61 in 1961. This is what Roger Maris Jr. told the Associated Press – “He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ,” Maris said after Judge hit his 61st on Wednesday night to match Roger Maris’ record-setting total with the Yankees in 1961. I mean, that's really who he is if he hits 62, and I think that's what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.'' Asked Wednesday whether he considers McGwire and Bonds home run totals to be illegitimate, Maris answered yes.I do,'' he said.I think most people do.” What Mr.Maris Jr said is much like what I wrote during my last article.

In 1999 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hit 65 while Sammy Sosa had three seasons of over 60 home runs, from 1998 to 2001 hitting, 66, 64, 63. While McGwire admitted to using steroids, Sosa and Bond maintained they did not use it knowingly. It wasn’t until 2004 that Major League Baseball began testing for PED’s/drugs with penalties that same year.

The records and history are there for everybody to see, especially now in this age of high technology when all the information you can get in your cell phone within seconds. That was not the case in 1961, when nobody doubted if Roger Maris’s record was legitimate or not.

How much have times changed in baseball? Consider this, the biggest “controversy” in 1961 was when Roger Maris hit 61 home runs to break Babe Ruth’s 1927 record of 60. The argument was: While Ruth hit 60 home runs in the 1927 season that was 154 games long, Maris hit 61 but when the season was 162 games long.

Will Major League Baseball do something to “adjust” the situation, of who is the real holder of the one-season home run record? Probably not. I believe MLB is leaving this controversy to the record books, to history, to votes in the Hall of Fame and many asterisks to follow.

Aaron Judge needs one more home run to be the undisputed home run king for one season and he will have seven (7) more games left to do it. And then, there will be another discussion. I think.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead play by play Spanish announcer on flagship station on LeGrande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Chasing No.61 — You Be The Judge

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, launches his 50th home run of the season as Los Angeles Angels catcher Matt Thaiss, center, and home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott watch in the top of the eighth inning at the Big A in Anaheim on Mon Aug 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

Chasing No.61 — You Be The Judge

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

On October 1, 1961 New York Yankee outfielder Roger Maris hit his home run No.61 of the season breaking the (at that time) major league record for most home runs in one season of 60 established by Babe Ruth in 1927. Today Yankee center fielder Aaron Judge is challenging Roger Maris record as well as making a bid to become the Most Valuable Player in the American League.

Roger Maris still holds the home run record for one season in the American League and another Yankee, Aaron Judge today, 95 years later is on a pace to break that record with his first-place team.

The major league record is that of Barry Bonds of 73 home runs in 2001. However because Bonds played during the much maligned ‘steroids era’, a period of time when a number of players were believed to have used performance-enhancing drugs, resulting in increased offensive numbers, Barry Bonds record is kind of hollow, compared to the historic 61 of Roger Maris.

Bonds was not alone during that era, there are other “regular suspects” like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, José Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro whose records are also considered suspicious and therefore have lessen their impact. As a result these players with Hall of Fame statistics so far have fallen short of induction.

Beginning this Tuesday August 31, the Yankees have 33 games left this season. The Yankee have a very even schedule the rest of the way; 17 games on the road and 16 at Yankee Stadium.

The race for the MVP in the American League will be between two men, NY Yankees Aaron Judge and LA Angels Shohei Ohtani, who won it last year. In 2017 many believe that during his rookie year Aaron Judge was robbed of the MVP as he hit for .284 with 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in.

José Altuve of the Houston Astros won the MVP that season hitting for a .346 average with 24 home runs and 81 runs batted in. By the way that 2017 was also the last of the three batting titles Altuve has won so far.

I believe (and I do not have a vote) the MVP voting will be close this season. I am from the school of thinking that it should go to the player that helps his team win the Division; the Yankees are on the way to do that, while the Angels are finishing in fourth place this season.

The mere fact that Ohtani is a unique two-way player, (the most relevant since Babe Ruth) the Japanese super star, a very good hitter and a very good pitcher is going to seduce many writers to vote for him again. Let’s face it.

The national baseball media has a love affair with the Japanese super star. A relatively new baseball stat WAR, wins against replacement figures big today in the major leagues and applies to these two guys, when it comes to the MVP.

As of today Aaron Judge 50 home runs is on a pace to hit 62 home runs this year and therefore establish the new American League record. Can he do it? You be the Judge!

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer on the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does News and Commentary at

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s Martinez good pitching beat Yankees good hitting on Sunday

Oakland A’s starter Adrian Martinez was dealing against the New York Yankees at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun Aug 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara talk about the pitching efforts by Oakland A’s starter Adrian Martinez against the New York Yankees line up on Sunday going 5.1 innings, three hits, one earned run and struck out six hitters.

#2 Martinez has been called up by the A’s triple A affiliate in Las Vegas four times and this was his best appearance of the four with a great mix of pitches and keeping the hitters off balance with off speed pitches.

#3 A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “This kid just seems to feed off big environments or the Triple-A numbers don’t show how he’s able to go out and perform here. He did that today against one of the best lineups in the league.”

#4 Martinez even had control over Yanks superstar Aaron Judge striking him out one three pitches. Judge even chased a few pitches and had to go down for them.

#5 The A’s head to Washington to face the Nationals at Nationals Stadium in Washington. Starting pitcher for the A’s on Tuesday night left hander Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.16) and for the Nationals right hander Erick Fedde (5-8, 4.88) a 4:05 pm first pitch.

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Oakland A’s podcast pt 1 with Charlie O: Old pro Vogt hits 10th inning tying 2 run blast; Oakland wins in 11innings 3-2

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp (5) jumps on the back of Chad Pinder (10) after Pinder hits a ground ball to Yankee shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa who throws it away to first base and allows ghost runner Shea Langeliers to score from second base in the bottom of the 11th inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Aug 27, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie it was Nickelodeon Night at the Coliseum and if you like a good pitching match up the New York Yankees Domingo German and Oakland A’s starter Adam Oller pitched a gem for both teams, both pitchers had a no hitter going until the sixth inning.

#2 For the Yankees German he went 7.2 innings three hits and five strike outs, German had a nice mix of pitches going from him and kept the A’s hitters off balance.

#3 For the A’s Oller eight innings one hit, one walk, and three strike outs he pitched like he was a veteran he had his struggles but he kept the Yankees in check all night.

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Oakland A’s podcast pt 2 with Charlie O: Vogt could end up coaching or managing one day; Today’s pitching matches

Oakland A’s Stephen Vogt slugs an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Field in Houston on Jul 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 Oakland A’s pinch hitter Stephen Vogt came up with a ghost runner on board and hit a two run blast to tie up the game 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth. In the bottom of the 11th Chad Pinder hit a a double play ball that was thrown away by Yankee shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa it allowed Shea Langeliers score the winning run for the 3-2 win.

#2 A’s and Yankees conclude this four game series Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum starting for the A’s right hander Zach Logue (3-8, 6.04) and for the Yankees right hander Clarke Schmidt (5-2, 2.18) a 1:07pm PDT

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Vogt’s 10th inning home run keeps A’s alive in eventual win over Yankees 3-2 in 11th

Oakland A’s pinch hitter Stephen Vogt is congratulated by third base coach Darren Bush after hitting a two run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Aug 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

New York (78-49). 2. 1. 2

Oakland (47-81). 3. 6. 2. 11 innings

Saturday, August 27, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-Often while watching a game between two mismatched baseball teams, I think of an afternoon in 1952 when the New York Yankees, who won every World Series from 1949-1953, played a double header against the lowly St. Louis Browns, who after the following season would become the Baltimore Orioles.

Like many arrogant 11 year old New Yorkers, we figured the Yanks would walk all over the second team of the gateway city. But the Brownies pulled off a win in the second game against the Bronx Bombers, bolstered by three innings of shutout relief by a member of their bullpen staff.

That bit of trivia came back to me again last night when Jared Koenig’s three inning stint of scoreless pitching held the Yankees in check long enough to give Oakland a chance to defeat their powerful rival, even though the home team finally succumbed, 3-2.

Of course, today’s Yankees aren’t the 1949-53 Yankees, and Jared Koenig isn’t Satchel Paige, for he was the 46 year old wizard who stumped the champs that Sunday seventy years ago.

The more of my mental meanderings is that you should never take the outcome of any baseball game for granted.

Saturday night game recap: This evening’s tilt between the grey clad pinstripers and the green and gold featured some pretty exciting fielding, but it was the pitching that, at least during the first nine innings, stole the show. That, however,was upstaged by the home halves of the 10th and 11th frames of the A’s dramatic come from behind 3-2 victory.

The pitchers at game time seemed as mismatched as the teams, with New York’s Domingo Germán’s acceptable 2-2, 3.89 overshadowing Adam Oller’s inadequate 2-6, 6.41). Germán ended up going 7-2/3 excellent innings, in which he allowed no runs and onythree hits, one of them to the infield. He didn’t walk anyone, but did hit one batter.

He struck out five and threw 79 pitches, 66 for strikes. For this, he got a no decision and lowered his ERA to 3.19. Oller did an even better job, although he, too, left without a decision.

The Athletics’ starter threw eight frames of one hit ball, blanking the Yanks while striking out three and granting only one base on balls. 65 of his 88 deliveries were counted as strikes. His ERA was reduced to 5.66.

Before the game, the A’s announced that they had put right handed reliever Dany Jiménez on the 60 day IL with a strain in his pitching shoulder. They replaced him with Austin Pruitt, who had been DFA’d last Monday, the day after he earned his first major league save.

The opening innings featured a few surprises. Aaron Judge got picked off after walking in the first. Less surprising but certainly not routine events followed.

Chad Pender robbed Oswaldo Cabrera of an extra base hit in the third with a leaping, crashing against the wall catch against the right field wall, just to the left of the foul pole, a catch he made after a long run. Jonah Bride made a spectacular backhand grab and throw to prevent what looked like a sure up the middle single by the next batter, Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Bride led off the bottom inning by getting hit by a pitch. No surprise there. What was surprising was Bride letting a bounding ball by Andrew Benintendi, leading off the fourth, go through his legs in shallow right for an error.

The first hit of the game for either team didn’t come until Oswaldo Cabrera smacked Oller’s 65th offering for a double off the Kaiser Permanente sign in right center to open the top of the sixth. And he got caught stealing, pitcher to third. The Curse of the Leadoff Double strikes again!

Judge foiled Cal Johnson’s bid for a lead two bagger in the bottom half of the frame with a running, jumping catch in left center, which would have been outstanding had it not paled in comparison with Pinder’s third inning heroics.

Nick Allen followed with a high bounder to the mound. Germán made a nifty play to catch it, but Allen reached base safely with Oakland´s first hit. Germán’s throw to first went wild, allowing Allen to advance to second on the error.

The A’s threatened again in the eighth. Stevenson smacked a one out leg double to second. Allen advanced him to third with a grounder to second that looked for a moment as if it would go through to center for a tie breaking single. That ended Germán’s labors for the night. Jonathan Loasiga relieved him and got Tony Kent bounce into an inning ending ground out to second.

One Domingo left, and another, Domingo Acevedo, entered the game. Oakland’s Dominican Domingo relieved Oller to face the bottom of the Yankee order in the ninth. He set them down one, two, three on pitches.

Loasiga retired Langeliers for the first out of the home ninth. Then Murphy punched an opposite field single through the hole into right, and Losiga was pulledd in favor of Ron Marinaccio. Brown took three balls and then struck out. That brought up Pinder, who, in addition to his contribution with the glove, was one for three against the hit-stingy Domingo.

The game into the 10 the AJ Puk on the mound for Oakland and the Yanks’ catcher Higashioka placed on second. Benintendi an ill-advised attempt to bunt him over to third, and he was thrown out, Puk to Machín. It was power against power with Judge at the plate. Puk struck him out, but Benintendi stole second.

The A’s granted an intentional. walk to Donaldson. Puk then hit Rizzo on the shoulder with a pitch to load the bases. Murphy made two great saves to prevent wild pitches with LeMahieu at bat. Finally one got by him.

Benintendi scored. Donaldson scored.Murphy’s back hand flip went past Puk, who was slow to cover home. Rizzo went to third. LeMahieu flew out toright, but the Yankees had a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Oakland, however, wasn’t done yet. With one out, Stephen Vogt, hitting for Bride, sent a change up 396 feet deep over the right field fence, driving Pinder, the zombie runner, in before him to tie the score. Marinacccio struck out Allen, but the third strike sailed wild and Allen reached first, moving up to second on Kemp’s single to right.

Marinaccio was through. In came Lou Trivino, the not too long ago Athletic reliever who once had been their closer. He got Langeliers to go down swinging in vain at an 82 mph slider.

We went into the 11th with Joel Payamps on the mound and Torres the ghost runner on second. He stayed there as Payamps retired Cabrera, Kiner-Falefa, and Higashioka, the last on a fine play by Allen, going into the hole at deep short and firing a bullet to first.

Trivino walked Murphy, who joined Langliers on the basepaths. Brown flew out to center, and both runners held. Pinder grounded to Kiner-Falefa at short, tailor made for a double play. His toss to LeMahieu forced Murphy at second, but LeMahileu threw wildly past second, allowing Murphy to dash home with the winning tally.

As the Cubans say, all we know about baseball is that it’s round and comes in a square box.

Payamps (3-3) got the win; Trivino P(2-8), the loss.

Sunday the A’s will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 20 game winning streak, followed at 1:07 with a chance for Oakland to even the series. Stranger thinks have happened; they did today. Clarke Smith(5-2, 2.18) will go for the Yankees; Zach Logue (3-8, 6.04) for the Athletics.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Dodgers Spanish announcer Jarrin prepares for retirement after 65 years in baseball; plus more commentary

Los Angeles Dodger Spanish announcer Jaime Jarrin in his broadcast booth at Dodgers Stadium is good friends with Oakland A’s Spanish announcer Amaury Pi Gonzalez. Jarrin broadcasted Dodger baseball in Spanish from beginning to end of his career. (file photo Los Angeles Times)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 In recent interviews Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish radio lead announcer Jaime Jarrin reflected back on a long 65 year career. Jarrin will call it quits after the Dodgers post season.

#2 Amaury, Jaime is a Hall of Famer in the Ford C Frick wing of the Hall of Fame in talking with him what does his enshrinement mean to him.

#3 Amaury, there are a number of fans who are calling out teams who aren’t traveling their play by play announcers because they can tell by the delay on a play that is in question and something they might notice while waiting for clarification on a play that an announcer who is at a live game can call and dial up right away.

#4 Amaury, is it a matter of saving a buck for MLB teams not traveling their broadcasters and how much have has the broadcast suffered not having play by play announcers on the road?

#5 During Friday night’s game at the Coliseum relief pitcher Lou Trivino was warming up in the New York bullpen when bat boy came up to him with a No. 56 jersey Trivino was warming up with a No. 50 jersey. Trivino said after the mishap he wasn’t paying attention and it wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. Trivino said he might try on the No. 99 jersey Aaron Judge’s number for a little run.

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Yanks score 3 fifth inning runs on A’s Sears holds up for 3-2 win; Here comes the Judge with his 49th HR

New York Yankees Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a three home run off Oakland A’s pitcher JP Sears in the top of the fifth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri Aug 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

New York (78-48). 3. 9. 1

Oakland (46-81). 2. 5. 0

Friday, August 26, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Your Oakland Athletics, whose won-lost record of 46-81 had them looking up at the rest of major league baseball except the Washington Nationals, sent an ex Yankee to the mound to do battle tonight with the AL East-leading Bronx Bombers, who had trounced them 13-4 some 20 hours earlier.

The result was a tight pitcher’s duel that ended with the visitors on top 3-2 but which could be considered a moral victory for an Oakland team that would not give up.

The only time I saw JP Sears, Oakland’s starter, pitch before tonight’s match up with the Yanks was on August 10. On that occasion, he hurled 5-1/3 beautiful innings of one hit shutout ball against the Angels before running out of steam and yielding two more hits, one of the infield variety.

After striking out Shohei Ohtani, who had gotten a single off him in the first, Sears gave up a three run homer that cost him and the A’s the game, which eventually went 10 innings.

The 26 year old southpaw went 1-0, 2.05 for the Yankees before coming to Oakland in the deal that sent Frankie Montás and Lou Trivino to the Bronx. Between then and game time, he was 2-0, 1.76 for the green and gold.

Sears pitched decently tonight, although he again faltered for one fatidic frame. He went six innings, allowing eight hits, one of which was a home run with two on base that accounted for all the runs scored against him, which were earned.

He also yielded four walks, one of which was intentional. The other was semi-intentional, and both were issued to the perpetrator of the round tripper, Aaron Judge. Sears K’d three Yankees and had a pitch count of 78, 53 of which were strikes. He took the loss, bringing his overall record to 5-1, 2,28.

On the mound for New York was 31 year old righty Gerrit Cole, making his 26th start of the season, for which he was 9-6, 3.41. His lifetime figures were 126-69, 3.22 over all and 5-1, 2.70 when facing Oakland, against whom he never had thrown less than six innings a start.

Tony Kent, Sean Murphy, Chad Pinder, and Stephen Vogt are the only Athletics he had faced in regular season competition, holding them to a collective .231 batting average. He signed with the Yankees as a free agent in December 2019 after seven successful years with the Pirates and Astros. He’s been named to the all-star team five times.

Cole was in fine form tonight, hurling 6-2/3 innings of one hit, no run baseball before Jonah Bride touched him for a solo home run, the only time an Athletic crossed the plate against him all night. All told, he pitched 7-1/3 innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and hitting one batter while striking out 11. He got the well earned win, bringing his record to 10-6, 3.31.

Before the game started, the Athletics announced that they had placed Skye Bolt on the 10 day injured list as a result of what they described as a right knee patella subluxation.

Right handed reliever Norge Ruíz also was removed from the roster, having been optioned back to Las Vegas. Replacing those two, portside pitcher Jared Koenig and infielder Dermis García were recalled from the Aviators.

Oswaldo Cabrera ignited chants of ¨Let´s go, Yankees¨with a triple against the right field auxiliary scoreboard to lead off the top of the third. The chants, now of ¨MVP¨changed to boo’s when, one out later, Sears conceded a walk to Judge.

The Yankee fans had nothing audible to say when Giancarlo Stanton bounced into an inning ending around the horn double play that preserved the scoreless tie.

Sears was in no position to grant an intentional pass to Judge when he came to bat in the top of the fifth with DJ LeMahieu and Oswaldo Cabrera on first and second respectively, thanks to back to back leadoff singles. The Yankee center fielder blasted his erstwhile teammate’s first offering, a hanging slider, 427 feet into straightaway center, and, just like that, the Bombers were ahead, 3-0.

Sears hung around for one more inning, a scoreless sixth, before being relieved by the freshly recalled Jared Koenig. Koenig threw three scoreless innings, a feather in his cap.

In the bottom of the seventh, with two out and no one on, Bride finally broke through New York’s hermetically sealed defense and spoiled Cole’s incipient shutout by lifting a 78 mph knuckle curve into the left field seats for his first major league home run. The ball travelled 376 feet and, given the speed of the pitch, Bride provided all of the power himself. It was only the second Oakland hit of the game.

Nick Allen got the third to lead off the bottom of the eighth. One out later, manager Aaron Boone called on Jonathan Loasiga to replace Cole. He closed out the inning with no trouble.

Wandy Peralta pitched the ninth for the visitors. Pinder whacked a one out double to right. Dermis García, the other new addition to the Athletics’ roster, lined an opposite field single to right that brought Pinder home to tighten the score to 3-2.

Peralta then fanned Bride for the second out. Up came David Mackinnon to hit for Stevenson The count reached 2-2 before Peralta struck him out swinging for the final out.

Tomorrow’s 6:07 installment of this four game serial will feature right handers Domingo Germán (2-2, 3.89) pitching for the Yankees and Adam Oller (2-6, 6.41) on the mound for the Athletics.

Yanks pour it on and early defeat A’s 13-4; A’s Neuse first position player to pitch more than an inning since 1984

Oakland Athletics pitcher Cole Irvin, left, interrupts a hug to rub the face of former teammate New York Yankees pitcher Lou Trivino before the game at the Oakland Coliseum on Thu Aug 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

New York (77-48). 13. 20. 0

Oakland (46-80). 4. 8. 0

Thursday, August 25, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-After the American League Eastern Division leading New York Yankees, behind the excellent pitching of ex-Athletic Frankie Montás, had finished sweeping their two game series against their interborough rivals, the Mets, the Bronx Bombers arrived in Oakland boasting a record of 76-48.

The Yanks seemed to be emerging from a rough patch, having gone 2-5 in their last home stand before their twin triumphs over the NL East leaders, a turnaround that before indicates that tonight’s visitors have recovered their mojo.

On top of that, slugger Giacarlo Stanton returned from the injured list today. In spite of his .228 batting average, he’d hit 27 home runs in a mere 80 games. Having him in the number three spot of the batting order only made the pinstripers, disguised in their road greys, a more formidable opponent for the lowly A’s, who. stood (perhaps “stumbled” is a better word) at 46-79.

The home team, with a won-lost balance of 46-79 took the field with the second worst winning percentage in major league baseball. The game promised to be a mismatch, and it was. The Yankees massacred the Athletics, 13-4.

The green and gold faced 30 year old right hander Jameson Taillon, a first round draft pick for the Pirates a dozen years ago. He had three previous career starts against the Athletics, in which he went 1-0, 6.75.

One of them was a no decision in the Yanks 5-3 in the Bronx, in which Oakland touched him up for three earned runs on seven hits over five innings. He brought an 11-4, 4.00 record to the mound. This was his 25th start of 2022. His ERA in the first 10was 2.30; it was 5.35 in the next 14.

He went six strong innings, limiting the A’s to one run, earned, on six hits, one of which was a roundtripper. He didn’t issue a single base on balls and logged a pair of strikeouts on the way to earning his 12th win of the year against four losses and improving his earned run average to 3.89.

On the hill for the hosts was fellow righty James Kaprielian, 3-7, 4.29 when he threw his first pitch. The trajectory of Kaprielian’s season had been the opposite of Taillon’s. In May and June, he went 0-5, 5.88 allowing opposing hitters a BA of .251 and an .825 OPS. Those figures had improved to 3-2, 2.59, .217, and .682 in July and four starts so far in August.

Kaprielian’s performance was frankly horrible. He lasted only 2-2/3 disastrous innings, leaving with the bases loaded. He ended up being charged with eight runs, all earned, one of them posthumous. They came on seven hits and six walks, offset by two strikeouts. The A’s starter threw 86 pitches, 48 for strikes, and was charged with his eighth loss against three wins. He saw his ERA rise to 4.88.

The Oakland starter dug himself a hole in the top of the second. After striking out Gleyber Torres, he walked Josh Donaldson, the man whom Matt Chapman made you forget. Then Oswaldo Cabrera pulled a single to left, and Kaprielian loaded the bases with a free pass to José Treviño.

Number nine batter Isiah Kiner drove a liner up the middle for a single that scored Donaldson and Cabrera. Andrew Benintendi also singled to center, loading the bases for Aaron Judge and his load of 48 home runs and 105 RBI. Kaprielian got him to pop out to first, but the now healthy Giancarlo Stanton drove in his 62nd and 63rd runs of the year with a single to left. Two innings into the game, New York led 4-0.

In the third, the Yankees, who had batted around in the second, picked up where they’d left off. Gleyber Torres led off with a walk and scored when Donaldson smacked a double off the left center field wall.

After Cabrera flew out toright, Trevino lashed a grounder to the right of shortstop Nick Allen, who made a great backhanded grab of it and let off a strong throw to first. But the Yankee catcher beat it out, and the threat continued, with runners on first second.

Wildness continued to plague Kaprielian, who walked Kiner-Falefa on a full count to clog the basepaths with the top of New York order coming to bat. Benintendi skyed out to left with a sac fly that brought Donaldson in with the Yanks’ sixth tally. Another walk, this one to Judge, reloaded the bases. Stanton walked on a full count, bringing in Treviño and sending Kaprielian to the showers. Kirby Snead replaced him.

Snead got Anthony Rizzo to hit a grounder to second, but it pulled Vogt out of position to attempt to field it, and there was no one covering first. It went as a single,driving in Kiner-Falefa with the eighth Yankee run. In 2-2/3 innings, every batter in the New York lineup had reached base safely. Torres then mercifully grounded out to end the frame.

A Donaldson single and Treviño double, followed by singles from Kiner-Falefa and Benintendi and a bases loaded RBI out from Judge tacked a couple of additional more runs on the board for the Yanks in their half of the fourth, Kirby’s last inning of the game. Norge Ruíz took over for him in the fifth.

The A’s finally scored with two down in the bottom of the sixth. Promising rookie Shea Langeliers took a changeup waaay deep, 419 feet to left field for his second big league homer and sixth RBI.

The visitors got that back in spades when they came to bat in the seventh, perhaps because Ruíz had been affected by the line drive he took in the leg off Judge’s bat in the previous inning. With one out, back to back singles by Rizzo and Torres were followed by back to back doubles by Donaldson and Cabrera, all hit to either right or right center field, netted the Bombers a trio of talleys. They also ended Ruíz’s up to then successful stint and brought Joel Payamps to the mound. He closed out the frame, which ended with the Yankees sitting on a 13-1 advantage.

Greg Weissert toed the rubber for the New Yorkers in the home seventh. It took. him two pitches to hit Jonah Bride, commit a balk, and hit Skye Bolt.

After getting Allen out on a fly to center, he walked Kemp to load the bases and then walked Machín to force Bride in with Oakland´s second run. That brought Lucas Luetge in to stop the bleeding before it could become a hemorrhage.

He retired Murphy but plunked Brown, the third Oakland hit batsman of the inning, bringing Bolt across the plate with the third Oakland run of the game. An infield single by Langeliers (his third safety of the night) brought in. Kemp, and it was 13-4

But when things go wrong, everything goes wrong. Benintendi led off the Yankee eighth with a single. Aaron Hicks, now playing center field, struck out. Kyle Higashioka pinch hit for Stanton and got an infield single.

Payamps was injured on the play and had to be helped off the field. I’ve not yet received a report of his condition. The A’s called on infielder Sheldon Neuse to quiet the Yanks for the rest of the game, which he did, retiring all five Bronx Bombers he faced. But the game was irretrievably lost.

Baseball, for all its reliance on the statistical analysis of the past to foretell future performance, is an unpredictable game. Tomorrow’s 6:40 confrontation between the two teams, with Gerrit Cole (9-6, 3.41) on the mound for the Yanks and erstwhile Yankee JP Sears (a combined 5-0,1.93 for his work for both teams) opposing him, could turn out to be a nail biter. After all, the Athletics did put up that improbable three run seventh, didn’t they?

Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: How playing every team in 2023 will effect A’s

Oakland A’s starter James Kaprielian was the starting pitcher against the New York Yankees on Thu Aug 25, 2022 at the Oakland Coliseum. Here he is pitching against the Seattle Mariners on Sat Aug 20, 2022. (AP file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Major League Baseball has gone to a face team format starting next season and they have the A’s opening up their regular season in Oakland against the LA Angels on Thu Mar 29.

#2 New York Mets manager Buck Showalter said that it’s great for the game and that it beats playing the same people all the time.

#3 The high profile rival games have been cut down from 47% to 32% which featured teams like the Giants-Dodgers, Cubs-Cardinals, and Yankees-Red Sox. Seeing that the A’s are not part of those rivalries that might make things interesting for them seeing different clubs.

#4 The A’s are a huge draw when hosting the New York Yankees such as tonight’s first of four game series. The A’s next season will be hosting the Yanks on Jun 27, 28, and 29th.

#5 The Yankees did not announced a starting pitcher before tonight’s game in Oakland. New York manager Aaron Boone did not announce starting pitchers for the four game series will he surprise the A’s for each game with a bullpen starter or a starter. The A’s went with James Kaprielian (3-7, 4.29) on Thursday night.

Jeremiah Salmonson does the A’s podcasts Thursdays or Fridays at