Oakland A’s podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: MLB honors Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg; A’s host Giants today at 1:10 pm

The late great Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on Friday at age 87 (WGN 9 TV photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored by MLB teams for her passing at the age of 87. Ginsburg who died after a lengthy bout with cancer was on the bench from 1993 to her death. Players in the NBA, NFL and MLB said she did a lot for them in civil rights, gender equality and equal rights.

#2 Jeremiah turning to the A’s are hosting the Giants for a three game series at the Oakland Coliseum and first pitch for today’s second game is at 1 pm the way these clubs have played as of late it looks like their pretty even. The A’s have won seven of their last 11 games.

#3 The A’s on this run have been getting some get pitching from from Mike Minor, Sean Manaea, and Chris Bassitt.

#4 Jeremiah, talk about AJ Puk who just recently had shoulder surgery to get it cleaned out and not repaired said A’s trainer  trainer Nick Paparesta. Puk is schedule to be back with the A’s next season.

#5 Game two of this three game series with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s is at 1:10pm today with the Giants starting Kevin Gausman (3-2 ERA 4.05) Gausman missed his turn to pitch against the Padres Sunday because he had elbow tightness. The A’s will start Jesus Lazardo (2-2 ERA 4.32). Lazardo’s last start he pitched on Monday in the heavy Seattle wildfire smoke at T-Mobile center saying he had a hard time breathing.

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

 

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants and A’s lockhorns this weekend at Coliseum

San Francisco Giants starter Tyler Anderson (31) was none too happy with the ball four call by plate umpire Edwin Moscosco in the third inning after the Mariners Kyle Lewis walked in last Thursday’s game at Oracle Park in San Francisco (photo from the mercurynews.com)

On the Giants podcast with Michael:

#1  Michael how important was it moving the game from Seattle on Monday and the Giants hosting the Mariners on Wednesday and Thursday and taking the two game series as the visiting team at Oracle Park?

#2 Lets look at Wednesday’s game first, Giants pitcher Drew Smyly started the game and went 3.2 innings, gave up four hits and three runs but threw shutout ball for his first three innings until the Mariners had that three run fourth.

#3 On Thursday with the M’s once again the home team at Oracle Park the visiting Giants starting pitcher Tyler Anderson argued a ball four call that walked the Mariners Kyle Lewis in the third inning with home plate umpire Edwin Moscoso  and Anderson was ejected. Talk about the pitch and manager Gabe Kapler said the ejection put them in a tough spot.

#4 The Giants are in Oakland today at 1:10 pm, the Giants have won seven out of their last 11 games and the A’s have won seven out of their last 11 games do you see this today’s contest in light of getting shutout on Friday?

#5 The Giants are starting Kevin Gausman (3-2 ERA 4.50) and starting for the A’s Jesus Luzardo (2-2 ERA 4.32)  how do you see these pitchers matching up against each other for this afternoon’s start.

Join Michael Saturdays for the Giants podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

A’s Friday game wrap: Oakland Wins a spot for a playoff; A’s Bassitt sits down Giants in 6-0 shutout at Coliseum

Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt who was bringing them all game long is seen here throwing to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of Friday night’s game at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

You didn’t hear any of the A’s broadcasters Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Vince Cotroneo, Ken Korach, Amaury Pi Gonzalez or Manolo Hernadez Douen yelling “The A’s win the pennant, the A’s win the Pennant!” But they’ll take a clinch for a playoff spot and look forward to playing the post season in the Southland coming up in October.

The Oakland A’s finally got a day off. After a grueling stretch that saw the A’s play everyday with three double headers included, they received a much needed day off on Thursday. On Friday, it was right back to business at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s were set to take on the hungry San Francisco Giants  that is doing its best to make the postseason despite a rebuilding year. The Giants have won six of their last 11 games.

The first game of the series was all A’s. The A’s scored six runs by the end of the fourth inning and never really looked back. The biggest hit for the A’s was a three run shot by Matt Olson in the bottom of the third inning number 13 of the season for Olson.

The real story of the game was the continued success of A’s starter Chris Bassitt. Bassitt managed to go 6.2 innings without giving up a run. His line finished with only three hits and seven strikeouts and is now 4-2. Bassitt has been the A’s most consistent pitcher this year lowering his ERA to 2.57.

The A’s bullpen would do what they do the rest of the way and the A’s won by a final of 6-0.

Up next: The A’s will take on the Giants in the second game of the series on Saturday at 1:10 PST.  Starters for the Giants Kevin Gausman (3-4 ERA 4.05) and for the A’s Jesus Lazardo (2-2 ERA 4.32). Listen to my podcast between 12-1pm today right here on http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Preview San Francisco Giants vs Oakland A’s: Three-game series in Oakland this weekend

The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s will meet for three games starting on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum (image is from rollinghills.com)

By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–The A’s welcome their cross-town rivals, the San Francisco Giants, to the Oakland Coliseum for three games starting Friday.

It should be a fascinating series with lots at stake for both teams. The A’s currently own the third-best record in the American League. They are a game and 1/2 behind the Chicago White Sox for the number one slot.

They trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 1/2 game for the second-best record. The Giants would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. They are 28-28 and own one of the two Wild Card spots in the National League. The Philadelphia Phillies are also 28-28 and would be in the playoffs, too. The Giants play the Seattle Mariners Thursday night, and their status could change.

The A’s played the Giants earlier this year in San Francisco. The A’s came from behind in two of the games to stun the Giants. On August 14th, the Giants blew a 6-0 lead and lost 8-7 in ten innings.

Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam in the ninth off Giants’ closer Trevor Gott to tie the game. They scored a run in the tenth, and the A’s bullpen closed out the game. The next night, lightning struck again for Oakland.

The Giants led 6-3 in the ninth. Trevor Gott was in to close. A’s catcher Sean Murphy hit a solo homer to make in 6-4. With two men on, Mark Canha blasted a three-run dinger to win it for Oakland 7-6. The A’s won the finale of the series 15-3. The Giants will be looking for payback this weekend.

The team, under the first-year skipper Gabe Kapler has improved since the series with the A’s. The Giants are stacked with guys that have a lot of pop in their bats. The A’s starters will have their work cut out for them to shut the Giants’ offense down.

The G-men are led by outfielders Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Austin Slater, and Darin Ruf. All are hitting about .280 or higher. Yaz has nine dingers and 33 RBIs. Dickerson has eight and 24 RBIs.

The greybeards in the infield, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Wilmer Flores, Donovan Solano, are all raking at the plate. Longo is hitting .282 with six homers and 25 RBIs.

Solano’s average is .351 with five round-trippers and 28 ribbies. Belt’s numbers are .305, eight big flys, and 24 RBIs. Flores .283, nine home runs, 23 RBIs. Crawford is resurgent as his average is .281, five homers, and 18 RBIs.

The A’s announced righty Chris Bassitt will start on Friday night. The A’s have not determined the pitchers for Saturday and Sunday. The Giants have not indicated their pitchers for the series yet.

The Giants’s starters are Johnny Cueto, Kevin Gausman, Logan Webb, Tyler Anderson, Drew Smyly, and former A’s starter Trevor Cahill. Smyly pitched on Wednesday and will not be available. The Giants’ closer Trevor Gott is on the 10-day IL. Kapler will use lefties Caleb Baragar, Wandy Peralta, Tony Watson, and Sam Selman. Righties Sam Coonrod, sidewinder Tyler Rogers, and Cahill probably see action.

The A’s are 31-19 with ten games left. The A’s pitching has been outstanding. Mike Fiers, who beat the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, will not see any action. A’s manager Bob Melvin will probably use Frankie Montas, Mike Minor, or Jesus Luzardo.

The A’s bullpen has done a stellar job for the Green and Gold this season. Pitchers that will see action will be Yusmeiro Petit, J.B.Wendelken, Jake Diekman T.J.McFarland, Lou Trivino, Joakim Soria, along with closer Liam Hendriks.

The A’s have been inconsistent on offense so far this year. Designated hitter Khris Davis is having a down year. Stephen Piscotty injured his knee and may not be available. Matt Chapman is having hip surgery and is sone for the year. Chad Pinder has a hamstring problem and may not play.

The A’s love players that can play multiple positions. Mark Canha has played all three outfield slots. Tony Kemp can play a couple of infield positions. Tommy La Stella has played second and third for the A’s. After being released by the Arizona D-Backs, Jake Lamb, signed as a free agent, has played third and is five-for-eleven as an Athletic. Lamb has also been the DH.

The A’s offense has failed to take advantage of the opportunities they had with runners in scoring position. The guys hit home runs, but getting hits in bunches has not happened this year. Bob Melvin knows it’s a problem, but has not yet come up with a solution.

As mentioned above, it’s always fun when these two teams get together. The season series winner gets to keep the Bay Bridge Trophy and bragging rights for a year. Usually, the Coliseum would be jammed to the gills with fans. Not so, this year. It’s a shame, but it’s the reality due to Covid-19. Turn on the TVs, folks, and enjoy three games of great baseball.

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Good pitching is beating good hitting for A’s

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) is part of a successful A’s pitching staff of starters and relievers. Bassitt will be the starting pitcher Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum versus the San Francisco (file photo from Athletics Nation)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry we’ll be taking a look at the Oakland A’s pitching staff and to the whys of their success this season. The pitching makes all the difference for a big league’s club success and the A’s this season hasn’t been an exception.

#2 The A’s are coming off a split in Colorado losing on Tuesday but on Wednesday afternoon they got some traction from starter Mike Fiers who pitched six innings and the bullpen came in and closed the game for the 3-1 win.

#3 Lets take a look at last Monday’s game in Seattle under 200 plus air quality conditions and A’s starting pitcher Mike Minor on the mound in the second game of the doubleheader making his first start for Oakland going the distance pitching seven innings for a two hit shutout.

#4 Sean Manaea did lose Tuesday’s game in Colorado 4-3 but previous to that he’s had some great starts including the outing he had when he pitched against the Houston Astros last week on Thu 10th going seven innings, surrendering two hits, one run for a 3-1 win.

#5 The A’s host the San Francisco Giants Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The Giants had struggled against the San Diego Padres in San Diego last weekend had to fly to Seattle on Sunday night for a Monday doubleheader which was canceled because of bad Seattle air quality and then moved the two game series to San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday. The Giants have not announced a starting pitcher yet for Friday night and the A’s will start Chris Bassitt whose had a great last outing now 4-2 ERA 2.92.

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

 

 

A’s beat Rockies 3-1 to finish eight-game road trip

Oakland A’s starter Mike Fiers went six innings and the A’s bullpen shut down the Colorado Rockies as the A’s and Rockies split the brief two game series at Coors Field in Denver on Wednesday (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s ended their eight-game road trip win a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday at Coors Field in Denver. The A’s played four with Texas, two with Seattle, and two with Colorado. They played games in three cities in three days. They played a doubleheader in Texas, a doubleheader in Seattle, and two games in the thin Rockie Mountain air. The air quality in Seattle was abominable.

It was so bad that MLB canceled the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Mariners on Tuesday. They then moved the two games to San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday. MLB was able to do it as both teams had an off-day on Thursday.

The A’s met the Rockies for the fourth time this season. The Rockies had won the previous three games and were looking to sweep the A’s. The A’s sent Mike Fiers to pitch. Fiers entered the game with a 5-2 record and had been pitching well. The Rockies countered with German Marquez. Marquez was 2-5 but had thrown well against the A’s when the teams played in July at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s put the first run of the game on the board in the top of the third. Tony Kemp, leading off, drew a walk. He went to second on Marquez’s throwing error to first in an attempt to pick him off. Marquez walked Semien. Kemp went to third on the play as Marquez’s last pitch to Semien got past catcher Tony Wolters.

The A’s had men on at first and third with no out. Robbie Grossman hit into a fielder’s choice. It was a strange play as Tony Kemp was caught in a rundown. Instead of trying to tag Kemp, Wolters threw to third base to nail Semien. Kemp, in the meantime, was able to avoid the tag. Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado, who tagged Semien out, dropped the ball. He made a hurried throw to home, which was not on the mark, and Kemp could slide past the tag. The A’s lead 1-0.

The lead didn’t last long. In the Rockies’half of the third, the Rockies put together three straight singles by Ryan McMahon, Tony Wolters, and Ramiel Tapia to tie the game with one out. Fiers had his work cut out for him as he had to face two of the Rockies’ best hitters, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon. Story hit into a fielder’s choice, and he struck out the ever-dangerous Blackmon to end the threat.

The A’s added two more runs in the sixth. Tommy La Stella reached on an infield single. Matt Olson doubled to send La Stella to third. Olson’s double snapped an 0-for-18 slump. Mark Canha grounded out to drive in La Stella. Olson went to third. Jake Lamb, playing third, singled to drive in Olson with the A’s third run. The A’s lead 3-1.

A’s manager Bob Melvin removed Fiers after six innings of work. He brought in lefty Jake Diekman to start the seventh. Diekman held the Rockies scoreless in the seventh and faced one batter in the eighth. Liam Hendriks recorded the last two outs in the eighth and then sent the Rockies down in order in the ninth to record his thirteen save of the season.

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are now 31-19 and have a six-game advantage over the Houston Astros. The magic number to clinch the AL West division is five. Any combination of A’s wins or Houston losses will give the Green and Gold the title.

Mike Lamb is five-for eleven since joining the A’s. Hed had two hits and drove in a run on Wednesday. La Stella was two-for-four and scored a run.

The defensive play of the day came in the bottom of the fifth. Rockies’ catcher Tony Wolters led off with a double. Left fielder Raimel Tapia hit a ground ball down the first baseline. Olson, playing in, fielded the ball. Instead of making the out at first, he threw a dart to Lamb at third to tag Wolters out. Bob Melvin said, “it was the play of the game.”
Melvin also said, “it was a big win for us” and that Mike Fiers was “fantastic.”

Fiers’ line was six innings pitched, seven hits, four strikeouts, and one earned run. The line for the A’s was three runs, six hits, and no errors. The Rockies’ line was one run, nine hits, and one error.

The A’s do not play on Thursday. They have ten games left to play. The meet the Giants for three this weekend. They are off on Monday. They play three against the Los Angeles Dodgers in LA and finish the season with four against the Mariners in Oakland.

Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela pitches complete game stymies A’s 3-1

Colorado Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela went the distance for the Rockies going nine innnings, giving up six hits and one earned run to defeat the visiting Oakland A’s at Coors Field on Tuesday night (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s met the Colorado Rockies for a two-game set in Denver Tuesday night. The temperature at the start of the game was 84 degrees, and the air was clear. It was quite a contrast from Seattle, where the air quality readings were over 200.

Very unhealthy, and some of the A’s players complained they had difficulty breathing. The thin air in Denver may have been a factor as the Rockies’ starting pitcher, Antonio Senzatela, held the A’s offense to just one run and six hits as the Rockies downed the A’s 3-1.

The A’s have played the Rockies three times this year and have lost all three. Senzatela faced the A’s on July 10th in Oakland and, in that game, went five innings and allowed two runs.

The A’s scored their lone run of the night in the second inning. A’s designated hitter Jake Lamb drew a walk. He went to third on a Ramon Laureano single. Second baseman Tony Kemp drove in Lamb with a sacrifice fly to center.

A’s starter Sean Manaea got out of a jam in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and two out, Manaea had to face Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon is one of the best hitters in baseball, and getting him out is no easy task. Manaea rose to the challenge as Blackmon grounded out 4-3 to end the inning. The A’s still lead 1-0 after three.

The Rockies got to Manaea in the bottom of the fifth. Rockies’ first baseman Josh Fuentes reached on an infield single. A’s shortstop Marcus Semien had to make a long throw to nail Fuentes. His throw got by Matt Olson, and Fuentes went to third on the error. As it turned out, the error didn’t matter as catcher Elias Diaz blasted his first home run of the year to put the Rockies in the lead 2-1.

The Rockies added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Nolan Arenado led off with a single. Kevin Pillar followed with another single to put men on at first and second with no out. Matt Kemp hit into a fielder’s choice. Arenado advanced to third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left. The Rocks lead 3-1.

The A’s were toast. Senzatela allowed just one hit in his last four innings of work. The A’s fall to Colorado 3-1.

Game Notes with the loss, the A’s drop to 30-19. They lead the Houston Astros by 5 1/2 games with eleven games left on the schedule. The Rockies improved to 22-25 and are still a contender for a wild card spot in the National League.

Senzatela’s line was one run and six hits in pitching his first complete game. Sean Manaea took the loss. Manaea went five and 2/3rds innings allowing three runs and seven hits.

The A’s and the Rockies meet Wednesday again for the fourth time this year. Mike Fiers will go for the Geen and Gold, and German Marquez will throw for Colorado. Game time will be at 12:10 pm.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s just miss getting a twin bill sweep in Seattle

Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Minor (23) moves past his teammates receiving the fist bump after throwing a two hit shutout against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night in the second game of a doubleheader at T Mobile Field in Seattle (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s podcast:

#1 The air quality in Seattle was over 200 which normally would force cancellation in a pro football game but this is MLB and it was game on for an afternoon doubleheader Monday between the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners at T Mobile Field

#2 The A’s had a four run 5-1 lead but in the bottom of the fifth inning the Mariners scored runs and added two more runs in the last of the sixth and never looked back to edge the A’s 6-5 in the first game of the doubleheader.

#3 In the second game the A’s exploded in the top of the third for five runs and added three more in the top of the sixth for a 9-0 win to split the doubleheader with the M’s.

#4 A’s pitcher Mike Minor went the distance throwing a two hit shutout and striking out eight hitters.

#5 The A’s open up a two game series tonight at Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies. Starters for the A’s Sean Manaea (4-2 ERA 4.46) and for the Rockies Antonio Senzatela (3-2 ERA 3.69)

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

Second game: A’s bounce back behind Mike Minor’s gem blank Mariners 9-0

The Oakland A’s Marcus Semien belted a three run homer comes home and is greeted by Tony Kemp and Khris Davis both who scored ahead of Semien in the fourth inning of the first game of the doubleheader vs. the Seattle Mariners (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s, smarting from a rare bullpen meltdown in game one of the doubleheader with the Mariners on Monday, bounced back to trounce the M’s 9-0.

The A’s sent the veteran lefty, Mike Minor, out to the hill to subdue the M’s. Minor did his job as he pitched his best game of the year. Minor, an All-Star last season, went 0-5 with the Texas Rangers before being traded to the A’s.

Minor baffled the up-and-coming young Mariner team with a mix of fastballs, curves, and change-ups. He pitched a complete seven-inning game as he allowed just two hits and no runs. He struck out a season-high eight Mariners and walked only two.

The A’s grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Tommy LaStella, batting in the leadoff slot, was hit by a pitch. Marcus Semien walked to men on at first and second with no out. LaStella went to third when Robbie Grossman reached on a fielder’s choice. Semien was out at second. Grossman then stole second.

M’s starter Jimmy Yacobonis walked Matt Olson to load the bases. Mark Canha singled to drive in LaStella with the A’s first run. With the bases still loaded, Ramon Laureano blasted a shot to centerfield. The ball appeared to be high over the fence for a grand slam. Kyle Lewis, a contender for the AL Rookie of the Year, made a sensational leaping catch to Rob Laureano. The A’s lead 1-0

The A’s, in the top of the third, sent ten men to the plate as they put five runs on the board. Olson walked for the second time. Seth Frankoff was now pitching for Seattle. He retired Canha for the first out. After being released by the Colorado Rockies, Jake Lamb, signed as a free agent, doubled to send Olson to third.

It was Lamb’s first hit as an Athletic. Laureano doubled to drive in Olson and Lamb. Catcher Jonah Heim singled to drive in Laureano make it 4-0. Third baseman Vimael Machin followed with a bloop single to left field. LaStella walked to load the bases. Semien reached on a fielder’s choice. Heim scored. Grossman then singled to drive in Machin with the A’s fifth run of the inning. The A’s lead 6-0.

The A’s put the game out of reach when they put three more runs on the board. With one out, Robbie Grossman singled. Mark Canha homered over the centerfield wall to make it 8-0. Jake Lamb, playing in his hometown of Seattle, blasted his first home run of the year to deep right field to up the score. The A’s win 9-0.

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are now 30-18. They have twelve games left on the schedule. They travel to Colorado for games on Tuesday and Wednesday. They have an off-day on Thursday.

They resume play at home against the hard-hitting San Francisco Giants. The Giants are contending for a playoff berth, and the three-game set should be very entertaining. The A’s then travel to Los Angeles to play the NL West-leading Dodgers for three games.

The Mariners then come to Oakland to play the last four games of the year. There will be another doubleheader between the teams on September 26th. The final game of the regular season will be on the 27th.

First game: Mariners come from behind to stun A’s 6-5 in the first of two in Seattle

The Seattle Mariners Kyle Lewis is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two run fifth inning home run in the first game of the doubleheader on Mon Sep 14th at T-Mobile Field in Seattle (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The A’s arrived in Seattle to play a doubleheader with the Mariners before moving on to Denver to play two games with the Colorado Rockies. Just as the Portland, San Francisco, and Oakland, Seattle was covered with smoke from the forest fires in the western states. The air quality number was over 200. Major League Baseball had to decide on whether or not to postpone the game. They elected to play the game.

The A’s scored one in the second and four in the fourth to lead 5-0. A’s starter lefty Jesus Luzardo was pitching well. He gave up a solo homer in the fourth and then three runs in the bottom of the fifth as the M’s crept to within one run of tying the game. A’s manager, Bob Melvin, pulled Luzardo with two outs in the fifth. Yusmeiro Petit recorded the final out.

The Mariners put the game away in the sixth. Joakim Soria was on the hill for Oakland. With two out and a man on first, M’s designated hitter, Tim Lopes, doubled to drive in Phillip Irvin with the tying run. For Lopes, it was his third double of the game. Soria then walked the next three hitters to force in the M’s sixth run of the game.
The M’s brought in Yoshihisa Hirano to close out the game. He did his job and retired the side to preserve the win for the M’s.

Game Notes- The A’s line was five runs, six hits, no errors. The M’s line was six runs, nine hits, and two errors. Lefty Marco Gonzalez was the winning pitcher. Joakim Soria took the loss.
Luzardo pitched four and 2/3rds innings. He allowed four runs, seven hits, and three home runs. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Marcus Semien led the A’s offense. He had two hits and drove in four with a single and a three-run homer.

The A’s dropped to 29-18 with the loss. The youthful Mariners now have won eight of the last eleven games and are 22-25. They trail the Houston Astros by one game in the race for the second spot in the AL West.

The A’s play game two of the doubleheader at 5:10 pm Monday