Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s open four game series tonight against Rangers

Oakland A’s Christian Beathancourt (23) welcomes Elvis Andrus (17) home after hitting a two run home run in the top of the sixth inning at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Wed May 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Oakland A’s (19-27) starter Paul Blackburn is starting to make a name for himself pitching 5.1 innings, one hit and five walks against the Seattle Mariners (18-27) to pick up his fifth win against no loses no about it Jerry Blackburn is dealing.

#2 The A’s got home run help from Elvis Andrus and Seth Brown off of former Cy Young Award winner and M’s starting pitcher Robbie Ray.

#3 With the win the A’s who took two out of three from the Mariners at T Mobile have passed up the Mariners in the AL West standings as Oakland are no longer occupying the cellar.

#4 The Mariners are in trouble that is of late and 45 games into the 2022 season losing eight of their last ten games and 21 of their last 28 games. M’s manager Scott Servas whose rumored to be on the hot seat says he’s aware that the M’s are not playing good baseball right now.

#5 The A’s open a four game series against the Texas Rangers (19-23) tonight at the Oakland Coliseum starting pitcher for Texas Martin Perez (3-2, 1.64) he’ll be opposed by Oakland starter Frankie Montas (2-4, 3.55) a 6:40 pm first pitch.

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

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

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

By Jerry Feitelberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Jerry Feitelberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Oakland To Las Vegas Shuttle

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, the Oakland to Las Vegas Shuttle continues…

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

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

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

By Jerry Feitelberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Run Or Fewer: A’s offense continues to struggle in 4-1 loss at Anaheim

By Morris Phillips

Look at the A’s schedule: they haven’t seen much AL West competition thus far, and with those teams that know them best up now, the obvious conclusion is that things could get worse.

Things got worse this weekend in Anaheim. For that, the A’s can point to Patrick Sandoval and Shohei Ohtani. We’ll call them the usual suspects.

Ohtani homered–as did Mike Trout–and the Angels cruised to a 4-1 win over the A’s as Sandoval deftly managed his effective offerings to reach the eighth inning. If the score and result looks familiar, it’s because it is. Last Sunday in Oakland, Sandoval cruised, and Ohtani homered in the first inning in the A’s 4-1 loss. This first round of AL West rival action clearly goes to Anaheim, winners of five of the first seven of 19 contests between the clubs.

The toothless A’s have dropped 20 of 29 after an encouraging 8-6 start to the season. And Sunday marked the 16th time the team has scored one run or fewer (1-15 in those games). Against Sandoval, the A’s managed three singles and Kevin Smith’s eighth inning double. Christian Pache, mired in a 1 for 23 stretch, knocked in Smith for the A’s only run.

“For my money, when he has fastball command, he should normally be pitching in the seventh, eighth, ninth inning,” manager Joe Maddon said of Sandoval. “The way his stuff is, they don’t get good swings at it. Don’t get good looks at it.”

Sandoval’s brilliance allowed the Angels’ bats to be patient with A’s starter Cole Irvin, who was returning from a stint on the injured list. The Angels got single runs in the first, second and fifth against Irvin. Trout homered off Justin Grimm in the seventh, a laser inside the left field foul pole.

The A’s are 2-5 in a stretch of games against divisional opponents that continues through June 1. Seattle is next, then Texas and Houston. The A’s will have to pick up their offense to compete. But their gutty starters have faltered as of late too. Irvin’s loss on Sunday drops the Oakland starters to 0-6 over the last 10 games.

But the issues don’t stop there: seven A’s errors over the last nine games have the defense showing wear. Thirty errors in 43 games ranks the team near the bottom of the American League.

On Monday, the A’s open a three-game set against the Mariners in Seattle with Zach Logue facing Marco Gonzales.

Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O: Trout is just simply underrated; Irvin goes to the hill for A’s today

The Oakland A’s starter Cole Irvin will start against the Los Angeles Angels Sun May 22, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim. Here is Irvin pitching against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica on Mon May 9, 2022. (AP file photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 The Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout hit a big milestone against the Oakland A’s on Saturday scoring his career 1,000th run in the last of the sixth inning in the Angels 5-3 win.

#2 The Angels were on a skid before Saturday’s game losing 4 straight including a loss to the A’s on Friday night. The A’s came away with a 4-2 win against the Angels.

#3 Back to Saturday’s game the A’s again simply didn’t get the hitting in the first seven innings as Angel starter Michael Lorenzen shut them out for six innings.

#4 The A’s finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth when Sheldon Neuse hit for an RBI single and later scored on Jed Lowrie’s leftfield double.

#5 Today’s starters at the Big A for the A’s left hander Cole Irvin (2-1, 2.93) and for the Angels Partrick Sandoval (2-1, 1.91) a 1:07 pm PDT first pitch.

Join Charlie O for the A’s podcasts every other Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s come up short losing to Angels 5-3

Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout makes it home for his 1,000th career run without a throw to the plate as Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy, left is empty handed, on an infield hit by the Angels Luis Rengifo on Sat May 21, 2022 at the Big A in Anaheim (AP News photo)

A’s Come Up Short Losing To Angels 5-3

By Barbara Mason

Saturday evening the Oakland A’s (17-25) took on the Los Angeles Angels (25-17) in game two of their series dropping the contest 5-3 at the Big A in Anaheim. Friday night the A’s won the first game 4-2 and were hoping to add game two to their win column.

The game remained scoreless through the first four frames. There was some bad news for Oakland when pitcher Frankie Montas who suffered a hand injury. He was forced to leave the game in the bottom of the second inning when he was clipped in the right hand while fielding a line drive hit off the bat of Luis Rengifo.

He did practice a few pitches but just could not continue. Domingo Acevedo took over on the mound. The A’s had to lean on their bullpen for the rest of the game.

The Angels really turned it up in the fifth inning. Rengifo hit a solo homer for the first score in this game 1-0. Once this team got going their was no stopping them. They would score in the sixth and seventh innings.

Shohei Otani and Mike Trout both crossed the plate in the sixth frame extending their lead to 3-0. Trout scored his 1,000 career run a huge milestone in his career. Andrew Velazquez hit a home run in the seventh inning driving Tyler Wade home and the Angels had a significant 5-0 lead going into the eighth inning.

Oakland made a lot of noise in the eighth frame. Sheldon Neuse hit a single driving Kevin Smith home. Next at bat Jed Lowrie hit a double and Neuse scored.

Lowrie would score on an Oliver Ortega wild pitch so the top of the eighth was a good one for Oakland scoring three runs. They would have the ninth inning to try to put some more runs up on the board.

The Angels would put the A’s away in the ninth inning. The final was 5-3 in favor of the Halo’s.

It was a tough one for Oakland but waiting until the eighth inning to start putting runs up on the board, especially with the Angels leading 5-0, was a difficult task for the A’s. It was a game of missed opportunity for Oakland.

Oakland pitcher Lou Trivino had a very tough outing giving up several hits and walking in a run. He couldn’t get anything going in this game.

The rubber game will feature the return of the A’s Cole Irvin (2-1, 2.93) vs. the Angels Patrick Sandoval (2-1, 1.91) who will be on the mound for the Angels. First pitch is scheduled at the Big A for 1:07.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The Drummers of the Coliseum

The Drummers of the Coliseum

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

The drummers of the Oakland Coliseum bang the drum either slowly or fast to keep A’s fans and players in step or awake at A’s games from Oct 2, 2013 game (file photo sfgate.com)

OAKLAND–It doesn’t matter if there are 2,500, of 12,500 fans in attendance during an A’s day or night game at the Oakland Coliseum. The Drums are there banging in the outfield during each and every game. They bring the energy inside the empty spaces of one of the oldest major league ballparks.

These drummers devoted A’s fans that show all the enthusiasm regardless of how the team is doing on the field. Their mission is to bring pure energy, the energy the players recognize and admire, and to the fans, who also show their respect for their commitment. This season with the very small attendances these guys keep ‘drumming away’ as that drum sounds echoes all over the Coliseum.

In 2018, prior to covid showing up in the world, I was talking with A’s slugger Khris Davis inside the dressing room prior to a game and among other things, I mentioned to him were the drums, he told me “I love those drums man” and “they are very cool and the players here love them”.

This April Khris Davis signed a one-year contract with the Diablos Rojos of México City of the Mexican League. In case anybody forgot in the land of Oakland; only two men in Athletics franchise history have slugged 40 or more home runs over three consecutive seasons in A’s franchise history, Hall of Famer Jimmy Foxx from 1932-34 and Khris Davis from 2016 to 2018.

Davis bat is sorely missed on a 2022 team where the lack of home run power is evident. During those three years of 40 plus home runs, Khris Davis struck out a minimum of 166 times and a maximum of 195, but he could still hit it a country mile.

The A’s do not have one player this season that could hit at least 20 home runs (maybe Sean Murphy, who hit17 last season) and forget any A’s hitting 40, but that should not be a surprise since they traded all their established stars.

Meantime, win or lose, the loyal A’s Drummers of the Coliseum do not miss one game.

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