Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Yankees give Boone 3 more years; Nets will feel Irving’s absence; plus more

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone seen talking to the media before the AL Wild Card game on Mon Oct 4, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston has signed a three year deal with the Yankees for three years to remain as manager. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will return next season. Boone signed for a three contract and has an option for 2025. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said that Boone has acumen and brings respect in the clubhouse.

#2 Boone and the Yankees finished in third in the AL East and lost to the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card game that put Boone’s future with the Yankees in jeopardy. Steinbrenner felt that Boone had the respect of the players to return and make a run at the post season.

#3 Jessica turning to the NBA the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks who battled in an opening night game in Milwaukee. The Bucks held the lead for pretty much of the game later to win it 127-104. It’s early to tell but without Kyrie Irving in for the Nets does his absence from the team for Covid-19 protocol issues have an impact on the team?

#4 Taking a look at the MLB post season. The Atlanta Braves have had such a hold on the Dodgers winning the first two games of the series by two walk off hits in the ninth in Atlanta. The Braves taking a significant lead on the Dodgers on Tuesday night 5-2 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers made a comeback 6-5 to win game 3 with a 2-1 Braves margin. The Braves now with a 3-1 series lead won a laugher in game 4 on Wednesday night need one more win to sweep the series.

#5 It’s been a series the Houston Astros have a 3-2 lead on the Boston Red Sox taking a 9-1 laugher in Boston in game 5. The Astros had their biggest inning in the top of the sixth scoring five runs and now returning to Houston on Friday night for game 6 and they are the brink of eliminating the Red Sox needing just one more win.

Jessica Kwong does Headline Sports every other Wednesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: George C. Scott in a movie as Charlie O Finley

George C. Scott in a Movie as Charlie O. Finley.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Decades before Hollywood brought to the screen Moneyball in 2011, a non-fiction book by Michael Lewis about the 2002 season under Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) the Oakland A’s almost had a movie made depicting the live and success of A’s owner Charlie O. Finley by actor George C. Scott.

The Oakland A’s are one of only two teams to have won three or more consecutive World Series in history The New York Yankees who won a total of a record 27 World Series, had these consecutive titles: 1936-39 (4) 1949-53 (5) and 1998-2000 (3). The Athletics won in 1972-73-74. Nobody (including the Yankees) have won more than 3 consecutive World Series since 2000.

According to Nancy Finley, whose uncle was Charlie O Finley, Charlie was informed that George C. Scott was going to play him in a 1977 film depicting the great success of the “Swinging A’s” of the early 70’s dynasty. However by 1977 when Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States, there was high inflation and slow economic growth in the country, and like Nancy Finley told me “funding for this movie was rescinded”.

Actor George C. Scott (1927-1999) was a great actor who won numerous awards and nominations in the US and internationally. Nominated in 1959 for Anatomy of a Murder, 1961 for The Hustler, won in 1970 for his great portrayal of US Army General George C. Patton and was nominated in 1971 for the movie The Hospital.

George C. Scott did not have a great concept of Hollywood. As a matter of fact asked that his name be withdrawn and never accepted the Oscar he won for Patton. He was a Hollywood outcast who called the Oscars (quote) “a two hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons” and (quote) “I respectfully request that you withdraw my name from the name of nominees”.

In the photo George C. Scott doing some ‘acting’ with a face showing displeasure as next to him Charlie O. Finley presented him with a small replica of an Oscar with a baseball. Who knows, Scott might have won another Oscar if he was nominated and won for the Charlie O. Finley A’s movie. Obviously we will never know and even if he had won it he would probably have not accepted.

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

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Cole, Yankees hanging their heads after Wild Card loss; SF Giants avoided a huge concession stand strike for playoffs; plus much more

Losing pitcher of record Gerrit Cole delivers to the Boston Red Sox line up in the first inning during the ALWC game on Tue Oct 10, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, You had a chance to see last night’s Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox just how shocked was this good hitting potent team the Yankees that they only could manufacture just two runs in the 6-2 one and done loss to the Sox in Boston on Tuesday night.

#2 Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole was pulled he coughed up a Kyle Schwaber home run in the third inning. Cole said that he’s sick to his stomach over his poor outing going two innings, four hits, three runs, two walks and three strike outs.

#3 The San Francisco Giants are in the NL Division Series playoffs and will be hosting the series at Oracle Park in San Francisco which starts on Friday. What made a national story was Oracle park concessionaires Bon Appetit were planning to walk out at the beginning of the playoff meaning this Friday. That was averted when both labor and Bon Appetit management came to an agreement giving concession employees a $3 retroactive raise which covers this and the last two years, a $1.50 in hazard pay that also covered the last two years and increases that will total $7 an hour by 2024. The concession staff currently makes over $20.00 an hour.

#4 The Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving is still unclear whether he will take the Covid 19 vaccine but the pressure is on with opening day for the regular season around the corner. If Irving does not get vaccinated he will not be allowed to play any of the Nets home games at Barclay Center in Brooklyn until he does gets that first shot.

#5 Jessica, the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler after he served two seasons with the Padres. The Padres at one time were within striking distance to get the second spot in the Wild Card standings but ended up not being able to seal the deal. Strong possibility to replace Tingler is former San Francisco Giant manager Bruce Bochy who led the Giants three World Series championships.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Ultimate Baseball Face-off – Dusty Baker vs Tony LaRussa

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (left) and Chicago White Sox manager Tony LaRussa meet at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Thu Oct 7, 2021 for game 1 of the ALDS (file photo NBC Sports)

The Ultimate Baseball Face-off – Dusty Baker vs Tony LaRussa

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

The American League Divisional Series is an attractive one. Two of the best hitting teams in all of baseball with very good pitching also. Manager Dusty Baker of the AL Western Division Champion Houston Astros, who will host Tony La Russa Manager of the Chicago White Sox Champion of the AL Central Division. Two excellent managers, who both return to the show after a few years of “unemployment”.

The two managers cut their teeth here in the Bay Area, Tony (The Hall of Famer) with the Athletics and Dusty (The Players Manager) with the Giants, they are two “old school” managers, not necessarily going by today’s super hyper stats of high-velocity pitches and hits, infield shifts, launch angle and all the other stuff which some media and fans overdose these days. Both not afraid of using the bunt, sacrifice, or as well as the hit and run or ‘run and hit’ and very much manage with their guts in-game situation.

Tony LaRussa is the active manager with the most wins ever 2,821, which places him second all-time behind the legendary owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, Connie Mack who won a total of 3,731 baseball games.

Dusty Baker occupies No.12 in the all-time managers in wins with 1,987. Having covered both managers and traveled with them, there is a rivalry between both, the two oldest managers in baseball this season, Tony 77, Dusty 72.

They both speak conversational Spanish. In the 1980’s I recorded “El Show de Tony LaRussa” which was a three minute inside pregame show for radio. Tony would talk about the previous game with his take as a manager. With Dusty, many times I interviewed him including in the late 1990s when he was managing the Giants including 2002 when he won the National League Pennant and lost the World Series to the LA Angels.

This American League Divisional Series begins this Thursday, October 7 at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, who finished the season with 95-67 winning the West, while the Chicago White Sox ended with 93-69. This is the best-of-5 and Houston owns home-field advantage. Prediction: It will be a 5 game series. Houston is a much experienced postseason-proven team than Chicago. They didn’t clinch until the last week of the regular season.

Chicago White Sox won the Central Division (the weakest in baseball, second-place Cleveland Indians finished 13 games from Chicago). The Sox had their share of injuries, but they were never really challenged, they are a dynamic and mostly young ball club, which many critics believe (before the season) that LaRussa would be “too old” to win with this young group of players, but he proved those guys wrong and here is another Tony LaRussa team in the postseason.

Some great hitters for Houston in the series: José Altuve, Carlos Correa, Jordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Yuliesky Gurriel, who just won the league batting title with a .319 average, which today is the equivalent of hitting .340 decades ago, a breakthrough year for Kyle Tucker who was a First Round pick in the 2015 Draft, for the Astros and ended this season with his best numbers at 24 years of age, hit .294 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI. Their rotation is solid and a good bullpen to complete the game.

The Chicago White Sox can swing it with anybody. Tim Anderson, José Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Luis Robert, César Hernández, Eloy Jiménez, Yasmani Grandal, some of the names that can hit and hit for power. A very good pitching staff with Carlos Rodón, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, and a very strong bullpen with Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendricks to close the game.

I give the edge to Houston in 5 games, but if Chicago wins, they have the potential to run the table and go all the way and win the World Series.

About the Wild Card game: (Note) I never liked the Wild Card game, just one game to decide a season. The LA Dodgers won 106 games this year and finished second. The first team ever to finish with 106 wins and not win their division. The Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct 6.

The winner advances, the other team goes home. Just image winning 106 games and getting eliminated in the first round of the postseason? Something is not right here. This is not the NFL. Solution? Wild Card should be the best of 3 games. Just reduce the season to 152 games instead of 162 to even the whole year schedule, so the World Series doesn’t end by Thanksgiving Day. Who really likes the ‘due or die games’? Fans and especially, television, who usually score very good ratings.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez call post season baseball on CBS Spanish radio and reported for Telemundo TV and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Dodgers are slight favorite over Cardinals; Red Sox are favorites over Yankees

St Louis starter Adam Wainwright tips his cap to the crowd while being interviewed after pitching in the clinching game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tue Sep 28, 2021 at Busch Stadium in St Louis. Wainwright will be the Cardinals starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLWC game at Dodgers Stadium Los Angeles Wed Oct 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s commentary:

#1 After the St Louis Cardinals won 17 of 18 before losing two in a row to end season does the Cards odds look the best amongst the Los Angeles Dodgers in the upcoming NL Wild Card game on Wednesday?

#2 The Dodgers in their own right finished off the season winning seven straight and during that time got some excellent pitching from pitcher Julio Urias who finished the season winning 20 games going 20-3 ERA 2.96.

#3 With someone of the likes of Urias and a potent Dodgers starting rotation in the regular season Urias puts the Dodgers in a pretty good position if they can get past the Cardinals and reach a Division Series.

#4 In the American League Wild Card series talk about tonight’s game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for the Wild Card. Starting for the Yankees Gerrit Cole and for the Sox Nathan Eovaldi two right handers in a game that could advance the winner to the Division Series. Oddsmakers have the Red Sox as the ALWC winner.

#5 Going back to the Cardinals and Dodgers Wild Card starting pitcher for St Louis Adam Wainwright against Max Scherzer for Los Angeles a 5:10 pm first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The oddsmakers have the Dodgers as 1.5 run favorites.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez gives his analysis of the MLB post season teams throughout the playoffs at http://www.sportsrasdioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Return of Yanks Severino; MLB Players prepared to sue MLB over shortened 2020 season; Packers Rogers calls out Pat McAfee show over work ethic remarks, plus more

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino returned to the pitcher’s mound Tue Sep 21, 2021 as he has recovered from Tommy John surgery and could be a big push in the Yankees bid to make the post season. Severino watches the Yankees from the dugout on Jun 20, 2021 and was activated on Mon Sep 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 The Major League Players Union are prepared to sue MLB over the 2020 season shortened season due to the Coronavirus epidemic that the 60 game schedule was too short. Martin F Scheinman an arbitrator will hear grievance proceedings as the Players are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for losing out on some 102 regular season games.

#2 The entire 2020 regular season was played in front of no fans, limited amounts of media, front office employees and player personal were allowed during the 60 game season. The loss hit the players in 2019 that went from $3.99 billion to $1.54 billion in 2020. This could be a stigma in negotiations in the Collective Bargaining Agreement which expires Dec 1st as the 2022 season could face a lock out.

#3 The New York Yankees on Monday who are a 1/2 game back in the AL Wild Card race were glad to announce the return of pitcher Luis Severino who made his first appearance in two years after having Tommy John surgery on Tuesday . Yanks manager Aaron Boone says he’ll be using Severino out of the bullpen. Severino signed a four year $40 million deal before 2019 campaign. He also could make appearances in the post season.

#4 After the Las Vegas Raiders came calling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers the Steelers came away with multiple injuries which included quarterback Joe Roethlisberger who is suffering a left pectoral injury. The Steelers don’t know when in the game Sunday that Roethlisberger got the injury.

#5 Despite the Green Bay Packers win over the Detroit Lions Sunday 35-17 critics on the Pat McAfee show are questioning Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers his performance, work skills, mental make up and are questioning Rogers work habits. Rogers in return called out BS in his response to the McAfee show saying, “”It’s absolute (expletive) to give people a platform who have no idea what they’re talking about as far as my mental state and my focus, my work habits – people who are not in my life or I’ve not had communication with them or not in the locker room,” Rodgers said. “That’s just (expletive). It’s so ridiculous that people can get a platform to do this.” 

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s need to get hot to catch Yanks and Sox in AL Wild Card; Giants Covid problems continue Wood positive, Cueto flu symptoms

Oakland A’s Mark Canha was dropped from the leadoff spot to the seventh position of the A’s line up after hitting for a .151 average after the New York Yankees series over last weekend (San Francisco Chronicle file photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, how much work do the Oakland A’s have in front of them after splitting the four game series with the New York Yankees over the weekend in their bid to sniff post season.

#2 The A’s are 5 1/2 games behind first place Houston Astros in the AL West and in the AL Wild Card they are 2 1/2 game back behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with a month left in the regular season the A’s have a huge task in front of them if they plan to get back into post season hunt.

#3 A’s leftfielder Mark Canha has been moved from the leadoff spot to the seven hole of the line up because his numbers have dwindled Canha is hitting .151 and said that when he’s off and getting o-fers it’s not a fun place to be. Canha said he needs to relax a little bit easier mentally.

#4 On other baseball news the San Francisco Giants had to switch out pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto Monday night because it was revealed that Wood had come down positive with Covid 19 and Cueto has the flu symptoms. Giants Donavon Solano and hitting coach Justin Viele are still back in a New York hotel quarantined after testing positive for Coronavirus.

#5 Cueto was scheduled to pitch on Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and with Wood out for Tuesday. Giants pitcher Jose Alvarez started on Monday for the Giants a big task after the Giants lost last Sunday in Atlanta 9-0 and opening up for four home games against another first place team like the Brewers.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Bassitt wants back in before end of regular season

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt wants to return to his starting role before the end of the regular season. Bassitt met with the media before Sat Aug 28th’s game at the Oakland Coliseum against the New York Yankees (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 How important was it for the club to see and be able to talk with A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt before the start of Saturday’s game against the Yankees?

#2 Morale is such an important thing in baseball and the A’s had been going bad with a five losing streak they ended up snapping and the Bassitt visit might have done wonders he was on the players minds ever since he took a line drive to the face off Chicago White Sox Brian Goodwin’s at bat on Aug 17th.

#3 Bassitt winningest pitcher on the A’s staff at 12-4 ERA 3.22 has been impressive all year but can he be the same when he gets back, will he be off track, rusty and wobbly when he returns. His spirits are great, he’s healing fast, and he’s got a real go get em attitude about returning.

#4 Bassitt sat in the A’s dugout before Saturday’s game speaking with the media before last Saturday’s game and said he hopes everything progresses, that he can impress manager Bob Melvin in bullpen sessions whenever that starts he’s ready to get back in. Doctors who performed the surgery on Bassitt in Chicago said it will take two weeks. Bassitt hopes to get back in sooner.

#5 The A’s have the day off today and are in Detroit on Tuesday for a 4:10 pm PDT first pitch at Comerica Park. The A’s snapped a five game losing streak on Saturday defeating the New York Yankees 3-2, the A’s trail the Yankees in the AL Wild Card standings by 3.5 games. The Tigers who are out of the Wild Card hunt by 12.5 games have lost six of their last ten going into Tuesday night’s game.

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

A’s bullpen holds off Yanks in 9th inning rally for 3-2 win; Victory ends NY’s 13 game win streak

Anthony Rizzo of the New York Yankees prepares to thrown down his helmet after striking out in the sixth inning against the Oakland A’s on Sat Aug 28, 2021 (AP News photo)

New York 2 – 5 – 2

Oakland 3 – 5 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Saturday August 28, 2021

OAKLAND–The statistical expression “regression to the norm” can be translated to the vernaclular as the proverbial “water seeks its own level.” When the A’s opened the season with six progressively distressing defeats, they knew they weren’t as bad as their record indicated.

The responded by regressing to the norm by playing better than they really were, and three weeks later they were in first place in the AL West. They stayed there for two months before regressing once more to the norm, slowly but steadily dropping in winning percentage and the division and wild card standings.

Game time today found them at 70-59, trailing Houston by 6-1/2 games in the division and Boston by 3-1/2 for the second wild card spot. And they were in the throes of another six game losing streak, but now they have only 32 games left in the season.

Their starting pitcher, Frankie Montás is as capable of extreme performance swings as the rest of the team. In his most recent outing, last Sunday at the Coliseum, he held the Giants to two hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings.

His opposite number with the Yankees, Néstor Cortés, Jr., also had a successful seven innings in his previous mound appearance. The cagey southpaw held the Twins to a pair of earned runs to get the win and bring his record to 2-1, 2.56. That ERA is the second best in the American Leagiue.

The outcome of this encounter was a 3-2 win for Oakland, breaking the visitors’ 13 game winning streak and stopping the Athletics’ losing string at a half-dozen

Oakland struck first, on a two out double to left center by Chad Pinder, who notched the Athletics’ first tally when, after a walk to Sean Murphy, Tony Kemp’s single to center drove the versatile Pinder, the A’s starting right fielder, home and sending Murphy, DHing todaly, to third.

Cortés´s balk brought the DH in with the A’s second tally.They looked ready to score a Rickie run in the third when Starling Marte’s speed made Rougned Odor rush his throw on a grounder to third for a two base error and then stole third while Matt Olson was oin the process of striking out.

Yan Gomes then lashed a vicious liner up the middle on which second sacker DJ LeMahieu made a diving grab and rifled a throw to. Odor for the inning ending double play. Third Will Little’s call passed the video review test, much to Bob Melvin’s displeasure, and another A’s opportunity was lost, throuigh no fault of their own.

No one made a diving grab of Matt Chapman’s lead off drive in the fourth. It started out as an 86 mph slider and ended up 403 feet away over the fence in left enter for Chappy’s 21st round tripper of lthe year and a 3-0 lead for the Athletics.

When Canha got a single on a hard hit grounder to short, beating Velázquez´s one hop throw to first, with one down in the sixth, Aaron Boone decided that Cortés had seen enough action. He left the game, having yielded three runs, all earned, and was responsible for Canha.

Oakland reached him for four hits, one of them a homer, and three walks plus a run scoring balk. 60 of his 95 pitches were strikes. Right hander Albert Abreu relieved him and retired Pinder and Murphy to close the book on Cortés and bring New York up for the seventh frame.

Judge opened that inning with a line single to left center, the Yanks´ first safety since his double in the first. It came on Montás´s 86th pitch. The Oakland starter recovered from that brief setbackwith a swinging strike out of Stanton and beaiutiful Olson to Chapman to Olson inning ending double play, made possible by the extreme shift that had the A’s third baseman stationed just a few steps to the left of second. Who says that the use of shifts has made the game boring?

Kemp’s lead off fly to right in the home seventh turned Stanton around twice, converting a long fly into a two base hit. Once more, the curse of the lead off double struck. Two ground outs, an intentional walk, and a K, and the A’s had stranded two runners.

98 pitches in seven innings was the limit for Montás. He held the Bronx Bombers to two hits and a walk, throwing only 35 balls to the 23 batters he faced and mainly frustrated. Andrew Chafin relieved him and, after allowing a single to Voit, was lights out end the episode.

Lefty Lucas Luetge faced the A’s in their half of the eighth, starting with Chapman, who drove the reliever’s 2-2 offering over the left field fence, only to have Joey Gallo jump up and bring it down. It was three straight outs after that, bringing us to the top of the ninth and Sergio Romo taking the mound in his old role as closer.

LeMehieu socked a hard llner to third. Chapman caught it. Rizzo blooped a Texas Leaguer to left center. No one caught it. No one caiught Aaron Judge’s fly ball until lit had travelled 406 feet into the left field stands. The score was 3-2, and chants of “Let’s go, Yankees” filled the air, quieted when Stanton popped out to Harrison at second.

It sounded like more than the 18,337 paying customers were cheering when Gallo came to bat, but you couldn’t tell whom the were cheering for. Gallo grounded out to second for the final out. Romo’s performance wasn’t pretty, but he got the job done. Hhis first save of the year preserved the A’s lead and the win that brought Montás’s record to 10-9, 3.66. The loss brought Cortés’s record to 2-2.77.

The A’s will try to start a new regression to the norm and even the series Sonday at 1:08, with Paul Blackburn (0-1, 4.09) going against Jordan Montgomery (5-5, 3.69).

Yanks 13th straight win is longest in 60 years; A’s six game losing streak longest of season in 8-2 loss

Giancarlo Stanton rounds the bases for the New York Yankees after hitting a master blaster 472 feet for a home run off Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea at the Oakland Coliseum on Fri Aug 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

New York 8 – 14- 1

Oakland 2 – 8. – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Friday August 27, 2021

OAKLAND–It’s tempting to think of tonight’s starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (70-59), Sean Manaea (8-8, 3.77 at game time) as the personification of the team. Both the man and the ball club show flashes of excellence, go on hot streaks of sustained and unsustainable superiority, and then go terribly, terribly cold.

And, when they took the field, they were, indeed, in spite of a temperature reading of 82 degrees, terribly, terribly cold. Oakland, at 70-58, was five and a half games behind Houston for the AL Western Division lead and two and a half games behind Boston for the second AL wild card spot and threatening to repeat their season opening nightmare of a six game losing streak. The A’s went down in a whimper a sixth straight loss defeated by their guests the New York Yankees (76-52).

Manaea, who was 3-2, 1.13 in June, went 2-2, 3.30 in July, and hadn’t won a game or gone more than five innings this month, losing half of his four August starts. The man who no hit the Red Sox three year ago still hasn’t fulfilled his potential.

Meanwhile, Manaea’s Yankee counterpart, Gerrit Cole (12-6, 2.92), he of the rising fast ball, had been undefeated in his two starts, both wins, in August. His highest ERA at any point this season was 3.38, following his opening day non decision against Toronto.

Tonight’s contest, an 8-2 drubbing administered by the visitors wasn’t out of character for either team or either of their starting moundsmen..

The two slightly mismatched pitchers traded zeroes until Giancarlo Stanton led off the fourth with a four base blast to center and, following Gallo’s pop up to. Andrus, Luke Voit followed suit with another round tripper to center. They were home runs number 25 and eight, respectively, for the two Bronx bombers, and they felt like a re-enactment of the second inning demolition derby Stanton and Gardner performed on Cole Irvin last night.

The Athletics’ recurring nightmare continued in the fifth, not exactly the same as the previous nights’, but close enough to be distressing. Kyle Higashioka and LeMahieu stroked singles to the left center and left, respectively; Rizzo went down swinging; and Judge swung for the fences.

His 28th dinger of the the year cleared the one in center field and sent Manaea to the showers. He left completing 4-1/3 innings of arduous labor, allowing five runs, all earned, on seven hits and a hit batter. On the other hand, he didn’t walk anyone. His pitch total was 86; 58 counted as strikes, and he took the loss.

Deolis Guerra took Manaea’s place on the mound and was hit hard for by Stanton, who flew out to left, Gallo, who doubled to right. He got Voit to strike out swinging and pitched a perfect sixth before giving way to AJ Puk, who held the Yanks to one hit in the seventh before he was, in turn, replaced by Jake Diekman, who set them down in order in the eighth.

The A’s stirred in the fifth, only to leave, as they have been doing too frequently these days, three men on base. A lead off single to center by Andrus, followed by another by Kemp and, after Marte fouled out to first, a walk to Olson put an Athletic on every base. But Lowrie went down swinging, and Harrison’s wicked line drive towards left somehow landed in the glove of the flying Urshela at third. RISP has been morphing into RIP for Oakland.

Ahead 5-0 after six innings, manager Aaron Boone decided he had no need to keep Cole on the job. He had allowed the A’s six hits and two walks; thaat was it. He struck out nine, and 70 of his 104 offerings were strikes. He went to the showers with an ERA lowered to 2.80 and, at game’s end, was the winning pitcher. His replacement, Joey Rodríguez, allowed the A’s a window of opportunity.

With one out, he walked Chad Pinder, pinch hitting for Kemp, and allowed singles to left by Marte and Olson. Olson’s safety drove in Pinder and advanced Marte to third. Gallo’s throw home was way off line, allowing Marte to score and Olson to make his way to second, occasioning Rodríguez’s early departure, Chad Green replacing him on the hill. He put out the fire by walking Lowrie and inducing a 4-6-3 twin killing from Harrison. He proceeded to strke out the three A’s he faced in the eighth.

New York put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth. Burch Smith gave up a first pitch lead off double to Velázquez. There was no curse of the lead off double for Kyle Higashioka when he brought all of his .179 batting average to the plate and blasted a 94 mph fast ball into the right center field seats to open up a 7-2 gap between the Yankees and their too accomodating host.

Singles by LeMahieu, Rizzo, and Judge made it 8-2, with runners on first and second and still not a man out. Stanton and the infield fly rule finally broke the Yankees’ streak of five successive hits, and, after Smith retired two more batters, allowed the Athletics one last chance, with Lucas Luetge on the mound for the New Yorkers, to catch up. They went down, 1-2-3.

As if the Yankees’ pyrotechnics hadn’t been enough for them, most of the 22,462 people in the stands hung around to watch the Star Wars fireworks that followed the game.

Saturday afternoon at 1:07, Frankie Montás (9-9, 3.84) will go against Néstor Cortés (2-1, 2.56) and his accompanying wrecking crew in an attempt to stop the A’s impending slide into oblivion.