Starters and bullpen do it again Irvin and relievers shutout Tigers 7-0

The Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin throws to the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Apr 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit 0 – 5 – 0

Oakland 7 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Last night’s game was good news for Athletics fans. The team also had some good off field news. Stephen Piscotty went on on paternity leave. We shall miss him in the outfield. We shall miss him at the bat. But he and MLB have their priorities straight here, and let’s honor them for that.

Taking Piscotty’s place on the roster was Vimael Machín, the versatile rule 5 pick from 2020, who spelled Jed Lowrie at second this afternoon. He can play all positions except pitcher and catcher

Starting on the mound, hoping to extend the A’s six game winning streak, was left handed Cole Irvin, hoping to improve on his 0-2,7.45 record with the A’s this season. He brought with him to the mound a four game losing streak, dating back to May 22 of 2019. His last win had occurred five days earlier. He was with the Phillies back then.

Irvin’s counterpart for the Tigers, the right handed Casey Mize—a baseball name if ever there was one—presented more formidable numbers, 1-0,0.82). He throws very effective heat. In his seven games as a rookie last year, his opponents managed to squeak out a batting average of .136 against that pitch.

Of course, the 22 at bats on which that figure was calculated is not a convincing sample size. Still, forewarned is forearmed, especially if we’re talking about four seamers. By the way, Mize was the number one overall pick in 2018 draft.

For all that, the Athletics jumped off to an early lead in their half of the first when Matt Olson delivered a 96 mph four seamer deep into the right field stands. Matt Chapman followed that with a triple that almost left the park but bounded off the Southwest Airlines sign just to the left of the 367 foot marker. Those booming shots had come with two outs, so Mitch Moreland’s grounder to shortstop Willi Castro, playing in the shift, ended the threat,

The A’s kept pouring it on in the second episode. With two down, Machín celebrated his return to the show by singling to left. Aramis García then blasted a 3-2 slider into the State Farm advertisement between the 362 and 388 feet signs in left center field for his first home run as an A. Mark Canha cleared that sign on the next pitch, putting Oakland on top, 4-0. It was his third dinger of the season.

The Tigers seemed ready to pounce back into the game in the top of the fifth. With two men out, their number nine hitter, JaCoby Jones, hit a single to right, followed by Robbie Grossman’s seeing eye safety to left. Both men moved up on a wild pitch during Niko Goodrum’s AB, a ball that brought the count to 3-2. Irvin got him on a called third strike, a 93 mph sinker.

Oakland tacked on another run in the fifth when Chapman beat out the relay on an 4-6-3 double play attempt that brought Canha, who’d been hit by a pitch and reached third on an Olson single, home with the home team’s fifth tally.

Mize set the A’s down in order in the fifth, and that ended his work day. He had allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits, two of them for the distance. He struck out four with no walks but two hit batters. 63 of his 95 offerings either were in the strike zone or swung at. His replacement was Daniel Norris, who allowed a hit but nothing else, in his one-inning stint, followed in the seventh by Joe Jiménez.

Bob Melvin removed Irvin, who had pitched admirably, after his sixth shutout inning. His balance sheet included four hits against six Ks with nary a walk, although he did hit one batter. He threw 93 pitches, of which only 30 were balls and was in line for the win when J.B.Wendelken replaced him.

Wendelken did well in relief for Irvin, setting Detroit down with only one baserunner, but Jiménez issued enough walks to allow two runs without a hit or error. The second of those runs was charged to Alex Lange, whose first pitch, with the bases filled with inherited runners, was wild.

Still, he got the third the third out in the seventh, and Detroit escaped further damage, as if their hosts hadn’t already inflicted enough of that on them. Lange remained in the game, closing the A’s out in the eighth.

Wendelken and Deolis Guerra pitched an inning each, and they were sharp and effective, Guerra especially so, dispensing with the top of the Detroit lineup 1-2-3 on a dozen pitches, including a strike out. Jordan Weems closed the books on the Tigers in the ninth.

The win went to Irvin. He’s now 1-2, 4.60. Mize took the loss, which left record his record at 1-1, 3.38.

Two shutouts in a row. Who’da thunk it?z

The series closes tomorrow, with game time at 1:07. The probable starters are Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.96) for the A’s and Matthew Boyd (2-1, 1.86) for Detroit.

Montas and A’s bullpen keep Tigers off the scoreboard 3-0

The Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas threw six innings of shutout ball before the bullpen took over against the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland Coliseum Fri Apr 16, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit. 0 – 4 – 0

Oakland 3 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–Two weeks into the season, it’s early, but maybe not too early to look at how the teams in the AL West are stacking up.

Only two games separated the four teams as they went into play today. That, in itself, isn’t particularly surprising. What is noteworthy is the pecking order of the quartet. Seattle sits on top at 6-4, followed, in order, by the Angels, Astros, and, in a tie, the Rangers and A’s.

Oakland’s numbers for the fortnight are not encouraging, but there are some encouraging statistics besides the green and gold’s six wins, five of them consecutive, in the last seven games. In that period they went from a scoring deficit of 37 runs a surplus of 15, only a smidgin over two runs a game, but still a good sign. Unfortunately, you have to balance that against a two week (and too weak) BA of .213, although the lineup has hit at a ,275 clip over the past five games,which includes a couple played under National League rules.

The A’s mound staff reduced its collective ERA by half, going from 8.00 in the first six games to 4.00 in the following seven tilts. Nonetheless, their ERA for all 13 games came out to 5.85, considerably higher than any other team’s in the majors. Their opponents hit a staggering .321 of the first half dozen encounters. They were to held to .237 between then and Frankie Montás´s first pitch at 6:42 this evening.

He held the Tigers scoreless on one hit for four innings, while his oppposite number, José Ureña, held the A’s to those same anemic digits over three and a third frames. But, then Oakland’s bats awoke, After a walk to speed demon Ramón Laureano, who advanced to second on Matt Olson’s infield single to third, Matt Moreland drove the A’s center fielder home with the game’s first run on a single to right center that sent Olson to third, from where he scored on Sean Muprhy’s double down the left field line. A walk to Seth Brown loaded the bases, giving Elvis Andrus a chance to blow the game open. But there were two down, and Andrus’s fly to left center ended the threat.

When Montás wound up his sixth inning of mound labors, with an even hundred pitches, 66 of which were strikes, he had blanked the Tigers on two hits. He struck out seven and walked only one. He was in line for the win, which he got, bringing his record to 2-1, 4.91. Yusmeiro Petit, his replacement, preserved the lead through the seventh, giving up a hit and getting a punch out, before giving way to Jake Diekman at the start of the eighth. Diekman sent Detroit down in order.

After throwing 96 pitches, 64 for strikes, Tiger skipper A.J. Hinch removed Ureña in favor of Derek Holland. The Dominican righty had pitched an excellent game and deserved a better outcome. He had scattered seven hits and allowed two walks over his seven inning stint.

In his one-inning appearance, Ureña’s replacement, Derek Holland, gave up the A’s only home run of the evening, a towering solo blast to center that went for Chapman’s third round tripper of the year.

Lou Trivino closed the Tigers down in the ninth to earn the save and bring the A’s to the club house with a .500 winning percentage.

Tomorrow afternoon, Cole Irvin (0-2,7.45) fill face the Tigers, whose starter will bee Casey Mize (1-0,0.82). Game time is 1:07.

Four run sixth boosts A’s in four run win 8-4 over Tigers

The Oakland A’s Matt Chapman connects for a two run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum part of a four run inning against the Detroit Tigers on Thu Apr 15, 2021 (AP News photo)

Detroit. 4 – 9 – 2

Oakland. 8 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND–April 15th, the traditional opening day for major league baseball when it consisted of two eight team leagues, playing a schedule of 154 games, 22 against each of their intra league rivals, 11 at home and 11 on the road. No inter-league games (except for exhibitions like city series or games against farm clubs on stop offs along the railroad routes that took the teams to and from as far from each other as Boston and St. Louis). It was a different game then, almost as different as today’s game is from the one we knew last year and the one we knew then differed from how the game was played in 2019.

But on April 15, 1947, the game changed more profoundly than on any other April 15, more than any other specific day in baseball history. Jackie Robinson became the first Black American to play in a Major League baseball game since Moses Fleetwood Walker was released by the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association on September 22, 1884.

Of course, it’s not completely clear that Robinson was, indeed, the only Black major leaguer during that long and shameful period. Several mixed race Latinos made it to the show, men whose skin was light enough for them just barely to pass for white when it suited their employers but still allowed the players to be subjected to insults and indignities, bean balls, and high spikes because of the tone of their skin, their facial structure, or the tightness of their hair. Roberto “Tarzan” Estalella, an outfielder for the Washington Senators, ex-Giants’ catcher Bobby Estalella’s grandfather, was one of them. And there were numerous Native Americans whose DNA would have precluded participation in the national pastime if testing had been available then. (Of course, the number of people with exclusively white DNA is, for all intents and purposes, zero).

So whether Jackie Robinson was the first Black person to play in the major leagues, April 15, 1947, marks a before and after. Baseball—and America—had changed, and Jackie Robinson had changed it.

Since 2004 Major League Baseball, for reasons that were not purely cynical and yet not entirely uncynical, has celebrated that change by declaring that all players wear number 42 on April 15. I never liked that decision. As a practical matter, it’s difficult to tell who’s who when everyone has the same number. It’s ironic that one of the contriubtions the Negro Leagues made to the game was to place identifying numbers on each player’s back.

But my objection went further than the confusion caused by uniform uniform backs. If everyone is number 42, no one is number 42. Then I realized that, although just about every baseball fan knows about the abuse that Robinson continually suffered, relatively few have experienced or can even imagine what it was like.

I would guess that no white male can. So, even if no one is number 42, seeing today’s players wearing Robinson’s number and realizing that they are not Robinson, may just make them, and us, aware of the immensity of the gulf that separates us and the players we watch today, on the one hand, and Robinson, on the other. between the distance that separates us from him and in so doing lessen that distance somewhat.

And, even if it wasn’t Jackie Robinson who integrated twentieth century baseball, the generations of other Black players, those who were excluded because of their race as well as those who disguised it, also are number 42, and we have a chance to recognize them and their achievements and the injustices they suffered.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a complex and contradictory person. He and his achievement stand for more than just one person (or one just person) and just one cause (or one just cause). Jackie Robinson Day should not be a cause of self-congratulation or platitudes, but a day of humble recognition of the injustices people like us have participated in, sometimes and some of us as victims; others, as resisters; and yet others, as beneficiaries. And, finally, at others, in a combination of all those roles.

So much for the pre-game show.

The Tigers, at 6-6, and the A’s, at 5-7, came into the four game series that opened tonight trying to scratch their way towards emerging from the set with a winning record . The visitors arrived, fresh from a three game sweep of the Astros in Houston, where the felines had scored at least a half a dozen runs in every game.

In the first couple of games, Detroit owed 12 of the 14 runs they scored to home runs. Last night, they managed to score six without a single round tripper. Like the A’s, the Tigers have a contingent of players of the injured list. Two of them are position players, Miguel Cabrera and Nomar Mazara. They’re joined by pitchers Rony García and Julio Teheran, both righties.

Detroit sent their promising sophomore, Hayward native Tarik Skubal to the mound for his first appearance against Oakland. He was impressive last year, in spite of his won-lost record of 2-4 and ERA of 5.63. Standing against those not preposeszsing numbers are the six innings he hurled against the Twins, in which he gave up only one run and two hits, combined with two walks and six strikeouts.

Brandon Day of SB Nation reports that the lefty’s fastball and slider’s spin rates have declined noticeable this year and that these pitches are not as effective now as they were then. That decline in effectiveness is reflected in his 0-1, 7.71 figures for 2021.

The A’s, coming off a 2-1 series win over the high flying Astros and a 2-0 sweep of earthbound Diamondbacks, are beginning to strut their stuff. To night’s starting pitcher, Sean Manea, like Skubal, is having trouble regaining his previous form. He entered his 100th major league game with a record of 0-1, 5.06. He’s 39-32, 3.87 lifetime, with a record against Detroit of 2-1-2.84 (1-0, 3.00 in the Coliseum).

Those are based, however, on a small sample size of only 19 innings pitched. After a disaster of a start on April 6, in which he surrendered five earned runs in 4-2/3 to the Astros at the Coliseum, He pitched better in his second and most recent outing, allowing only one run, which was earned, over six innings of work against the ‘stros in Houston five days later.

Oakland’s injured list exceeds Detroits by 50% and consists of Mike Fiers, Reymin Guduan, Chad Pinder, A.J. Puk, Trevor Rosenthal, and Burch Smith).

Both pitchers handled their opponents with ease through two and a half’innings, although the A´s got good wood on the ball in the bottom of the second. Matt Chapman was the victim of a lovely leaping catch just in front of the Kaiser Permante sign in right center, and Matt Olson also saw his hard hit fly to the center field warning track fall for an out.

Both were corralled by center fielder JaCoby Jones. Oakland´s near misses ended when Stephen Piscotty led off the home third by taking a 2-2 Skubal 88 mph slider deep to left for the game’s first tally. But the Tiger from Hayward set down the next two Oaklanders on disputed called third strike calls by home plate umpire Ted Barrett. Mark Canha received an (undisputed) base on balls and advanced to second on Lowrie’s single to left. Short stop Willi Castro bobbled Laureano’s bouncer just to the left of second, loading the bases with Athletics. But Skubal wiggled off the hook by striking out Chapman, who swung and missed, on a full count 94 mph four seamer.

The Tigers quickly evened the score. With one down in thetop of the fourth Jeimir Candelario took advantage of the A’s shift and punched a single to right. After Manaea struck out Renato Núñez, Willi Castro lifted a fly down the right field line. It just barely raised chalk, as shown by the subsequent video review, fell for a double. Manaea retired the side on an innocent pop up to first by Jonathan Schoop. Oh, those missed opportunities!

But the Tigers were generous, and they gave thelead back to their hosts. Olson walked and reached third when Candelario overthrew first on Murphy´s grounder. The A’s catcher took second on the play. Olson ñwescored and Murphy advanced to third on Andrus’s sacrifice fly to surprisingly shallow right field, It looked as if Oakland might forge ahead they loaded the bases with walks to Kemp and Canha, but Lowrie’s warning track fly to center closed the book on the inning.

No one was surprised when Skkubal was removed after throwing 88 pitches (46 of them strikes). He had worked only four innings to reach those totals and had surrendered two hits and four walks. One of the two runs he allowed was earned. He struck out five. He would get the loss.

Skubal’s replacement in the bottom the fifth, Farmer, struck out Laureano and Chapman before allowing a towering home run over the right center field State Farm sign to Olson, his second of the year, to give the A’s a 3-1 advantage.

That advantage shrank to 3-2 when Niko Goodrum led off the sixth by blasting a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall for his first homer of the season.

Joe Jiménez took over mound duties for Detroit in the bottom of the frame. That´s a way of putting it, What he did was walk the bases loaded while striking out one man, Tony Kemp, before giving way to Alex Lange, who was tasked with dealing with Laureano in that dangerous situation.

He dealt with the A’s centerfilelder by walking him. That brought up Chapman, who promptly doubled in Canha and Lowrie and advancing Laureano to 90 feet from home. A 3-2 walk to Olson reloaded the bases, and Lange was gone, replaced by Tyler Alexander, sporting a 12.27 ERA. He walked Murphy, and it was 7-2 with the bases still FOA, full of Athletics. Jiménez had managed to give up three earned runs on no hits in a third of an inning, One run was charged to Lange and non were charged to Alexander until the eighth when he let the score against the Tigers rise to 8-2. He stayed in the game to the bitter end

Yusmeiro Petite pitched a perfect seventh in relief of Manaea, who would get the win. The A’s southpaw pitched a full six innings, throwing 82 pitches, 58 for strikes, two runs he allowed were earned, but his ERA still went downto 4.32. He gave up five hits, one for the distance and struck out seven.

Then JB Wendelken did some mopping up in the eighth. He allowed a walk and a single without letting any Tigers cross the plate. Sergio Romo closed it out inelegantly for the home team, giving up a double to Núñez, a triple to Willi Castro, and a sacrifice fly to Schoop, allowing two runs. He also gave up a single to pinch hitter Sergio Castro.

Tomorrow will see Casey Mize (1-0, 0.82) take for the visitors against Cole Ervin (0-2, 7.45). I wouldn’t recommend that the A’s rest on their laurels.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s open up four game series against Tigers

Oakland A’s lefthander Sean Manaea will start against the Detroit Tigers tonight to begin the first of a four game series at the Oakland Coliseum is seen here pitching to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sep 23, 2020 (AP file photo)

#1 Jerry, How much of a concern should the A’s (5-7) have right now about starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo, Luzardo went 2.2 innings giving up six hits and five runs before being lifted in the third against the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-8) on Tuesday night.

#2 After Luzardo was lifted the A’s bullpen came through six pitchers powered through the D-Backs line up and held Arizona to just two runs from the third inning going forward for the win.

#3 Jed Lowrie was the number one star on Tuesday night after hitting a three run home run to tie the ball game up in the top of the seventh 5-5.

#4 The A’s picked up go ahead runs in the eighth and ninth innings and came away with a 7-5 win their offense has also bailed them out of some close games.

#5 The A’s had the day off on Wednesday and are back to work tonight to open a four game series with the Detroit Tigers (6-6). The Tigers are coming off a four game losing streak which included getting swept by Cleveland and have turned it around with a three game win streak against the Houston Astros. The Tigers will start LHP Tarik Skubal (0-1 ERA 7.71) he’ll be matched up against the A’s Sean Manaea (0-1 ERA 5.06) at the Coliseum tonight at 6:40p.

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

A’s to face Tigers, Twins in upcoming homestead

Oakland A’s starter Jesus Luzardo throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of Tue Apr 13, 2021 game at Chase Field in Phoenix (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Oakland Athletics have the day off on Wednesday, following a successful two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in an interleague series in Phoenix.

Starting Thursday, the A’s begin a seven-game homestand at the Coliseum, hosting the Detroit Tigers (April 15-18) and the Minnesota Twins (April 19-21).

In the Tigers series, Oakland will start Sean Manaea (0-1, 5.06) on Thursday, followed by Frankie Montas (1-1, 8,31), Cole Irvin (0-2, 7.45) and Chris Bassitt (1-2, 4.96).

After a rough start, Oakland has improved to 5-7 overall, trailing the Los Angeles Angels by two games in the American League West. Their overall numbers – 27th in MLB in team batting average (.211), 16th in runs (48), 30th in team ERA (6.00), and 29th in WHIP (1.56).

On the injured list, the A’s have five on the 10-day list – LHP Reymin Guduan (sprained left thumb), LHP A.J. Puk (strained left biceps), INF-OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee), RHP Burch Smith (strained right groin), and RHP Mike Fiers (lumbar strain).

On Thursday, the Athletics will join other MLB teams in honoring Jackie Robinson Day by having all players wear No. 42. The A’s, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, will give away co-branded masks to early arriving fans on Saturday and Sunday. Game time for the weekend games is 1:07 p.m

A’s rally beat Diamondbacks 7-5; Lowrie’s homer ties ball game in seventh to catch Arizona

The Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie (8) who slugged a 394 foot seventh inning home run to tie up the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks is greeted at home plate by teammate Seth Brown (15) at Chase Field in Phoenix on Tue Apr 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix. The A’s won their fourth straight game and the fifth in the last six.

Jesus Luzardo was on the mound for the Green and Gold Tuesday afternoon. Luzardo has had a rough start so far this season, and he was hoping to have a good outing. That did not happen as Luzardo lasted just two and 2/3rd innings. He gave up five runs, all earned six hits, two walks, and struck out one batter. His ERA ballooned to 8.31.

The D-Backs put two on the board in the bottom of the second. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single. He went to second when Luzardo walked David Peralta to put men on at first and second with no out. With one out, Luzardo served up a hanger that Carson Kelley sent into the leftfield stands. The ball went 413 feet.

Luzardo didn’t fare better in the bottom of the third. The D-Backs made it a 5-0 game when they scored twice. Kole Calhoun and Eduardo Escobar singled to get things rolling. Cabrera doubled to drive in Calhoun. Escobar stopped at third. Escobar scored on Peralta’s grond out. Luzardo’s effort was over when he walked Carson Kelly. A’s manager Bob Melvin brought in Jordan Weems to finish the third.

The A’s began their comeback in the top of the fourth. A’s right fielder, Stephen Piscotty, led off with a solo homer to make it a 5-1 game.

The A’s tied the game in the top of the seventh. Taylor Clarke was on the hill for Arizona. With one out A’s catcher, Aramis Garcia singled. Mitch Moreland, pinch-hitting for Deolis Guerra, also singled. Mark Canha drove in Garcia with a single to make it 5-2. The D-Backs brought in Kevin Ginkel to pitch to Jed Lowrie. Lowrie tied the game 5-5 with one swing of his bat. Lowrie hit an opposite-field home run to tie the game. The late Earl Weaver loved three-run dingers.

The A’s took the lead for the first time in the top of the eighth. Seth Brown hit a mammoth 422-foot blast to deep right-centerfield to propel Oakland to a 6-5. A’s reliever Sergio Romo set the D-Backs down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

The A’s added an insurance run in the ninth. Ramon Laureano singled to get the rally on its way. The D-Backs nearly picked him off at first. Had they challenged the call, Laureano probably would have been out. Laureano stole second to get into scoring position. A’s third baseman tripled to drive in the Laureano with the A’s seventh run.

Lou Trivino was called on to close out the ninth. With one out, Trivino walked Tim Locastro. The next hitter, Kole Calhoun, was at the plate. Calhoun could tie the game with just one swing of the bat. Trivino got Calhoun to ground into a 3-5-1 double play to end the game. The A’s win 7-

Game Notes- The A’s used seven pitchers Tuesday afternoon. Yusmeiro Petit was the winning pitcher. His record is 3-0. The loss went to Anthony Swarzak.

The A’s improved to 5-7 for the season. Their line was seven runs, eleven hits, and no errors. The D-Backs’ line was five runs, eight hits, and one error. The D-Backs are 4-8. The A’s bullpen was superb as they allowed two hits and no runs over the last six and 1/3rd inning of the game.

The A’s are off on Wednesday. They return home to Oakland to play a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers. Lefty Sean Manaea will pitch the first game of the series. The game will start at 7:05 pm.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s hitters producing; A’s Luzardo looking for first win tonight

Oakland A’s starter Jesus Luzardo will get the call tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks Zac Gallen both pitchers will be looking for their first win of the 2021 season at Chase Field in Phoenix on Tue Apr 13, 2021 (file photo from athleticsnation.com)

#1 The A’s picked up their fifth win in six games with a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix to open a brief two game series.

#2 The A’s were already up 7-5 and they added two more runs in the ninth to cap off the win their getting some run production after that rough 0-6 start.

#3 The A’s Ramon Laureano, Mark Canha, Jed Lowrie, and Matt Chapman all scored two runs a piece against the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

#4 Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner was touched up for six earned runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings of work and ran his ERA up to 11.00.

#5 On Tuesday the A’s will start Jesus Luzardo (0-1 ERA 6.10) going against the Diamondbacks Zac Gallen (0-0 ERA 0.00) Luzardo is looking for that first win.

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast Tue Apr 13, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

A’s rough up MadBum in 9-5 win over Snakes

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo makes a pitching change as starter Madison Bumgarner hands over the ball in the fifth inning at Chase Field in Phoenix on Mon Apr 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Monday, April 12, 2021

Oakland jumped to an early lead against Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner and defeated the Diamondbacks 9-5 Monday in the first of a two-game interleague series at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Chris Bassitt (1-2) picked up his first win of the season, giving up two earned runs and two hits while walking five in five innings. Bumgarner (0-2) struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, but was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits while walking three. Bumgarner’s earned run average ballooned to 11.20.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Mark Canha scored on Jed Lowrie’s infield ground out. The A’s picked up two more runs in the third when Lowrie hit a two-run double to left.

The Diamondbacks cut the Oakland lead to 3-2 on an RBI single by Kole Calhoun and Asdrubal Cabrera’s sacrifice fly to center.

Oakland scored three times in the top of the fifth. After Lowrie delivered a run-scoring single and scored on Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly to left, Matt Chapman hit a solo home run to left, giving the Athletics a 6-2 lead.

Arizona battled back to pull within 6-5 with a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh on a run-scoring double by Cabrera, who scored on David Peralta’s single to center.

Elvis Andrus singled to drive in Stephen Piscotty in the top of the eighth, and the A’s tacked on two more runs in the ninth on an RBI single by Chapman and Sean Murphy’s run-scoring double.

Chapman finished 3-for-5, while Lowrie, Ramon Laureano and Sean Murphy each collected two hits, as the A’s outhit Arizona 12-7. Calhoun finished 3-for-4 for the D-Backs.
In the series finale, Oakland will start Jesus Luzardo (0-1, 6.10), and the Diamondbacks will counter with Zac Gallen (0-0, 0.00). Game time is 11:40 a.m.

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s showing signs of snapping out of it; Had day off on Sunday

Oakland A’s hitter Jed Lowrie singles for two RBIs in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Field in Houston against the Astros on Sat Apr 10, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 The Oakland A’s started the 2021 season going 0-6 but once that streak ended the A’s have now won three of the their last four games. Including two wins in Houston against the AL Champion Astros.

#2 The A’s got a big 7-3 win over the Astros on Saturday that included a two run home run from Ramon Laureano for his first home run of the season.

#3 The A’s run production came up with two runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings something they lacked in those first six games and stayed ahead for the series win.

#4 The A’s got pitching help from starter Frankie Montas going six innings giving up six hits and one run, reliever Sergio Romo threw for two thirds of an inning giving up one hit and two runs. A’s relievers Jake Diekman and JB Wendelken shutout the Astros for the rest of way.

#5 The A’s open a brief two game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks who have lost six out of their last ten games. The D-Backs are in dead last at 3-6 but the season is still early. The A’s will start Chris Bassitt whose looking for his first win of the season (0-2 ERA 5.56) the Diamondbacks will counter with Madison Bumgarner (0-1 ERA 11.00) since coming to the Diamondbacks he’s struggles and in his last outing he surrendered five runs on eight hits to the Rockies.

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

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason Mon Apr 12, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

A’s not letting early season struggles define them

By Morris Phillips

Among the encouraging things happening with the A’s the last couple of games?

Seth Brown may finally be ready to bring his big fly game to the Major League level.

The 28-year old is well-known in minor league circles as an unrepentant slugger, the author of 92 home runs since his debut in 2015, including 37 in just 112 games for AAA Las Vegas in 2019.

That last line had the A’s hopeful Brown could elevate his game in Oakland, but in his first 36 games with the A’s over the last three seasons, Brown didn’t clear any fences…

Until Saturday night. With the A’s 6-0 lead cut in half, Brown took reliever Ryan Stanek into the upper deck, a not-high-enough fastball turned into a memory of a lifetime. So majestic was Brown’s homer, the flight of the ball on television revealed the entire Minute Maid Park scoreboard showing Brown’s numbers without a home run for the last time.

“The only thing he doesn’t have on his resume is a homer for a guy who really is a home run hitter,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I know that takes a lot of pressure off him now that he finally has a home run.”

Pressure off Brown? More succinctly, pressure off the entire Oakland roster. Brown’s shot put the finishing touches on a 7-3 win, the A’s third in four games after an 0-6 start. Not wanting to get buried in the competitive AL West two weeks in, the A’s are fighting back, and giving their 2021 season a healthier look.

In the last four games, the A’s have out-manuvered the Dodgers late, come up with some more late game magic in Houston on Friday, and set up a couple of wins with nearly identical, exemplary starts by Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas.

The key? When you don’t fall behind early–as the A’s did repeatedly in their winless start–you can pick your spots and pounce on the opposition in the later innings.

“We grind it out a little bit and stay in the game until we do something nice late,” said Mark Olson, who came up big in Friday’s win. “I think we can take this momentum and ride it out.”

A few key presences must be reclaimed from the injury list with Chad Pinder (knee), Mike Fiers (hips), Burch Smith (strained groin) and A.J. Puk (strained biceps) on the 10-day injured list, and Trevor Rosenthal on the 60-day list after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Thursday.

Matt Chapman and Sean Murphy remain mired in awful slumps, but both have expressed optimism in recent days–not just for themselves, but for the team as a whole.

We’re always rotating guys and new faces, so for us, it always takes a little bit to get going,” Chapman said. “But once we get going, we’re able to really bond and really pick up steam.”

The A’s open a two-game set with the Diamondbacks in Phoenix on Monday. Familiar face Madison Bumgarner squares off against Chris Bassitt in the opener at 6:40pm.