That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Padres Clevinger out for 2021; Hall of Fame balloting as Bonds and steroid era players try again; plus more

San Diego Padre pitcher Mike Clevinger leaving game 1 of the NLDS on Oct 6, 2020 at Arlington will have Tommy John surgery for his elbow and will miss the 2021 season (AP News file photo)

On That’s Amaury:

#1 Amaury how shocking is it that San Diego Padres pitcher Mike Clevinger is now out for the 2021 season after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He was a big value pitcher coming over from Cleveland during the season.

#2 Amaury bolloting for the 2021 MLB Hall of Fame saw Mark Buehrle, Torii Hunter, Nick Swisher and Barry Zito enter as candidates while high vote getters from the steroid era Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are also in the running.

#3 Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy LaSorda has been admitted into ICU at an Orange County Hospital. LaSorda 93 had a heart attack when he was Dodgers manager in 1996 and had attended game 6 of the 2020 World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Dodgers. LaSorda’s reason for being in the hospital was not disclosed.

#4 Turning to hockey Amaury, The San Jose City Council had a meeting on Monday at San Jose City Hall regarding the planning of development around SAP Center which include 65 new buildings on 84 acres surrounding SAP Center and BART also plans to develop right across the street. The Sharks had been opposed to BART coming to SAP Center and tried to go stop it in court in 2017. Their fear was too much traffic, too much congestion. The City plans another meeting on Dec 3rd regarding street closures and the Sharks said if there is sufficient gridlock and their parking revenue is cut they will consider moving out of downtown San Jose.

#5 Amaury is there any future consideration for Sharks on Spanish radio as you might recall last season Jesus Zarate called the play by play on the Sharks original flagship station 910 ESPN Deportes. Fans received a “Los Tiburones” t shirt for Hispanic Heritage night at SAP Center and it was former San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy who coined the “Los Tiburones” name. Will the Sharks return on Spanish radio again for the new season?

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

 

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s and City of Oakland get a Kumbaya on Coliseum property sale

photo from San Francisco Chronicle: Artists rendition of the Oakland A’s new ball park at Howard Terminal.

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1  How important is it now that the city of Oakland has dropped it’s lawsuit against the Oakland A’s regarding the sale of the Oakland Coliseum property?

#2 Will the dropping of the lawsuit clear the way for the A’s to build at Jack London Square?

#3 The Los Angeles Angels could very well be the next home for pitcher Gerrit Cole. Cole is from Orange County and the Halos are looking to contend in 2020.

#4 Stephen Stasburg could be a New York Yankee. The Angels and Padres have been mentioned in interests for Strasburg. The Nationals are trying to find a way to re-sign Strasburg.

#5 Madison Bumgarner’s name has been floated by the New York Yankees as someone they’d like to sign for the 2020 season. The Yankees consider Bumgarner a fit for their pitching staff.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio talent for Oakland A’s radio at 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

MLB The Show podcast with Daniel Dullum: Buyers remorse-Cubs regret $43M deal with Kimbrell; A’s Semien closing in on 200 hits; plus more

photo from uk.movies.yahoo.com: New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone shows the location and how much a pitch call was squeezing his pitchers after he was ejected for the fifth time for this season on Saturday at Yankee Stadium by Umpire Joe West against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays

On the MLB The Show podcast with Daniel:

1 Craig Kimbrell blows another save now 0-4, 6.53 ERA, Cubs start to regret $43 million contract

2 A’s Marcus Semien reaches base six times against Texas, chasing 200 hits

3 Padres fire manager Andy Green after four seasons 274-366 won loss record.

4 Tampa Bay Rays keep rolling with third straight walk-off win

5 Umpire Joe West ejects Yankees skipper Aaron Boone a day after blowing a strike call

Join Daniel every Sunday for the MLB podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Giants fall to Padres 4-1 in SF

Photo credit: @Padres

By Lewis Rubman

San Diego: 4 | 11 | 0

San Francisco: 1 | 9 | 0

SAN FRANCISCO — Before this evening´s Padres-Giants game, I attended a chapter meeting of the Society for American Baseball Research. One of the speakers was César Love, who discussed his forthcoming book, Baseball: An Astrological Sightline, in which he “shows how the stars and planets affect the course of every baseball season and every baseball game.” He concluded by warning those of us who were planning on heading for Oracle Park after the meeting to be alert between 7:15 and 7:30 because the stars showed that an important event might occur in that window. (It’s possible that I got one or two digits wrong). He declined to say what that event might be.

The Padres, neither afraid nor encouraged by Love’s vaticination sent lefty Joey Lucchdesi (9-7, 4.11 ERA) to the mound to face the Giants’ hitters. His best pitch is the change of pace, so there was more the one reason to expect the unexpected.  The Giants countered with righty Logan Webb (1-0, 4.66 ERA). The two or three of us in the stands who had received Love’s warning were on a certain amount of of tenterhooks for the hour and 10 minutes that followed Webb’s opening pitch, eagerly anticipating our entry into the Twilight Zone. (Full disclosure: I babysat for Rod Serling a few times in 1955).

The stars were, if anything in alignment for the Giants in the opening frame because Austin Slater, batting second, hit an 0-2 cutter into the batter’s eye in center field to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

7:15 p.m. rolled around, and San Francisco still was hanging on to that one run advantage. A quarter of an hour passed, we were in the bottom of the fifth, and still nothing earthshaking had occurred on the shores of McCovey Cove.

All good things come to an end, as the Giants’ lead and Webb’s mound tenue did simultaneously with Manuel Margot’s RBI single that drove in Josh Naylor from second with one down in the top of the sixth. Webb was replaced by Reyes Moronta, who threw two balls and one strike to Luis Urías and immediately fell off the mound, clutching his arm in pain. Tyler Rogers entered the game and was charged with the eventual walk to Urías, who, along with Margot moved up a base on Rogers’ subsequent wild pitch. But San Francisco’s submariner got Hedges to ground out to second, ending the inning and preserving the tie.

When Webb left the game, he had pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed just that one run, which was earned. He had given up seven hits and struck out an equal number of Padres. He had walked only one Friar. Of the 91 pitches he had hurled, only 33 were balls.

The Giants loaded the bases against Lucchesi with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Posey reached first on a hard grounder to second that García couldn’t handle and which went for a single. Rickhard singled to left, and Belt walked. But Dubón hit into a double play, García, unassisted, to Hosmer.

When Alex Dickerson pinch hit for Rogers to open the bottom of the seventh, he faced Craig Stammen, who had relieved Lucchesi, and greeted him with a line single to center. The departing lefty’s line was six IP, one run, early and earned, eight hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Now neither starter could get the decision, but both could be proud of a job well done.

Tom Watson started the eighth for the Giants and gave up a lead off triple to Machado. One out later, Josh Naylor drove him home with a single to left through a drawn in infield. Watson stranded him by administering a strike out to Margot and getting Urías to sky out to Pillar, but the damage had been done.

Will Smith was brought in to try to hold the Padres in check and keep the game within reach, but Hedges started off the ninth for the Padres with a single to left center, and Wil Myers administered San Diego’s offensive coup du grace with a homer to center that left Pillar dangling frustrated on the wall.

Kirby Yates, who got the save, ended the game by striking out the three Giants he faced in the bottom of the ninth.

It was a tough loss, but as Cassius says in Shakekspeare’s Julius Caesar, “The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars / But in ourselves….” (But tell that to Reyes Moronta).

Stammen, now 7-6, earned the win. He pitched two innings of shutout ball, striking out two, and allowed one hit. Yates was credited with the save, his 39th.

The defeat leaves San Francisco, at 66-69, in third place in the NL West, seven games out of the wild card running, and with a wild card elimination number of 21 and 27 games remaining in which to stave it off.

The teams will go at it again tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. It will be lefty Eric Lauer (7-8, 4.48 ERA) facing righty Tyler Beede (3-8, 5.56 ERA).

Bumgarner shines, Giants rout Padres 8-3

Photo credit: @SFGiants

By Lewis Rubman

San Diego: 3 | 7 | 1

San Francisco: 8 | 13 | 0

SAN FRANCISCO — Last night, the Giants were helpless against the Padres’ Chris Paddock, and they fell short in their comeback attempts against relievers Matt Strahm and the fireballing Andrés Muñoz. They looked to do better in tonight’s fray against the Padres. They were, after all, facing Dinelson Lamet instead of Paddock as their opponents’ starting pitcher, and that was a hopeful sign, but nowhere near a guarantee of success. Even though Lamet was only 2-2, 4.30 since his July 4 return from Tommy John surgery, the Giants had reason to be wary of the big right-hander from the Dominican. Before his injury, Lamet had shown promise with only a fast ball and slider in his repertoire. As fangraph’s Ben Clemons reports, since then Lamet has broadened the range of his sliders, throwing both hard and tight ones, so that, for practical purposes, he’s now a three pitch, or perhaps a two and two-half pitch, pitcher.

What put the Giants in a better position as far is pitching is concerned than they had been in yesterday was that they were not starting with the struggling Dereck Rodríguez on the mound. Rather, it was their ace, Madison Bumgarner, at 8-8, 3.71 ERA, toeing the rubber for the home team. Not vintage numbers for Mad Bum, but this year’s version isn’t a vintage Giants team.

The new quality of Lamet’s slider was was irrelevant to the first two batters he faced. Milke Yaztremski slammed a 95 mph four seam fastball down the first base foul line past Eric Hosmer, and Hunter Renfroe slipped trying to retrieve the ball. Yaztremski ended up on third with a little league triple, AKA a major league three-base error, charged to Hosmer. Two pitches later, Brandon Belt sent Lamet’s 96 mph four seamer into the right field stands for his 16th round-tripper of the year.

Lamet wisely used his curve to get Evan Lorriga to swing and miss on a 3-2 count for the first Giant out. The inning ended with San Francisco ahead 2-0 after Alex Dickerson popped out to third and Manuel Margot made a fine grab of Brandon Crawford’s sinking liner to left center, but not before the Giants had threatened again with Buster Posey’s single to center and Kevin Pillar reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.

Lamet settled down after that, and, in the top of the fourth, it was the Padres’s turn to use the long ball. Manny Machado drove a 3-2 cutter into the left center field bleachers to cut the Giants’ lead in half. It was his 28th home run and 75th RBI. Renfroe folowed with a solid single to left center, and the Giants’ slim margin suddenly seemed insecure. But now it was Bumgarner’s turn to settle down, which he did by coaxing a 6-4-3 double play out of Hosner and getting Ty France to ground out to third on a nice play by Longoria.

The Padres’ fifth also ended with a noteworthy piece of defensive work by the Giants. After Urías flew out to right, a patient Austin Hedges worked the count full and walked. Lamet attempted a sacrifice bunt on Bumgarner’s first offering, but he popped it up, Belt caught it, and threw to Dubón, covering first, to complete the double play before Austin could scamper back to first.

After this important failure at the plate, the Padres’ starter faltered on the mound. Yaztremski took his first pitch, a 96 mph two seam fast ball, yard. His blast landed in the left field bleachers, his 18th dinger in his 81st game. San Francisco’s two-run lead was re-established.

That ended Lamet’s labors for the night. His line was three runs, two earned, on three hits in five innings. He struck out 10 and walked two. 63 of his 95  pitchers were strikes. All in all, it was a pretty decent outing, especially when you consider his early difficulties. His replacement, Michael Baez, also experienced some early trouble, some of it not of his own doing, some that was. Posey’s infield single was an example of the former; Crawford’s one-out double off the center field fence, which sent Posey to third, of the latter. But Baez escaped when Posey was thrown out at home trying to score on Dubón’s weak grounder to second and whiffed with a mighty swing at a 2-2 97 mph four-seamer.

That one inning was enough for Baez. Out he went, and in came Robbie Erlin, and there went SanDiego’s chance to stay in the game. Yaztremski singled to left center. Belt, ditto, Yaz to second. Longoria, ditto, Yaztremski scoring, Belt to second. Joe Rickhard pinch hit for Dickerson and singled to center, driving in Belt and sending Longoria to second. Posey singled to right, loading the bases. Pillar’s sac fly to left plated Longoria. Crawford and Dubón ground out second. That added three runs to the Giants’ score, and they led, 7-2.

With a lead like this, Bochy could afford to relieve Bumgarner, who leaves with a line of one run, which, was earned, on four hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out nine. He got the win, putting his record at 9-8, 3.62. Lamet would be saddled with the walk.

MadBum was replaced by Tony Watson, who gave back one run on a triple that Yaztremski almost caught in right and an RBI ground out by Greg García, who had entered the game in a double switch when Erlin replaced Baez.

But no one replaced Erlin until Oscar Allen pinch hit for him in the top of the ninth. This gave the Giants the chance to score two more runs on doubles by Austin Slater, pinch-hitting for Tony Watson, Belt, and Longoria.

The one San Diego scored off Tyler Rogers, who pitched the ninth, was a footnote.

The Giants’ won-lost record now stands at 66-68. They are seven games out of a play off spot and have an elimination number of 22 with 28 games to go.

In a pair of pre-game moves, the Guants placed catcher Francisco Mejía on the 10-day injured list and recalled Austin Allen from Sacramento to take his place.

Tomorrow’s 6:05 game will pit San Diego’s southpaw Joe Lucchesi (9-7, 4.11 ERA) against the Giants’ righty Logan Webb (1-0, 4.66 ERA) for the west coast orange and black.

One last note: Charge me with an error for having reported in my last dispatch that Mauricio Dubón made his major league debut in last night’s game. It was his first game as a Giant.

Giants fall to Padres 5-3

Photo credit: @Padres

By Lewis Rubman

San Diego: 5 | 8 | 0

San Francisco: 3 | 8 | 0

SAN FRANCISCO — The 65-67 Giants opened a four-game series at Oracle Park hoping to inch back to the .500 mark against the lackluster Padres.

San Diego sent rookie Chris Paddack, arguably their best starter, to the mound. Paddack’s traditional statistics, 7-7, 3.84 ERA were mediocre enough, but so was his team’s won and lost record of 61-71, which put them in fourth place in the five team NL West Division. And Paddack has some eye-catching advanced statistics. Going into the game, he could boast of a WHIP of 1.03 and had struck out 121 batters in 117 1/3 innings, while walking only 27, all the while holding opposing batters to a measly on OPS of .668. The tall righty throws the traditional pitchers’ repertoire of fast ball, curve ball, and change of pace, the first and last more frequently than the curve. He hadn’t much of a chance to display his talents in his previous start, a disaster in which he surrendered six runs to the Red Sox in 2 1/3 innings. He sure showed them tonight.

Giants starter, Dereck Rodríguez, toed the rubber, dragging a record of 5-6, 5.26 ERA behind him but still, I assume, hoping to regain the form that had made him so exciting in his rookie 2018 season. D-Rod’s pitching in the opening frame gave the Giants’ rookie second baseman, Mauricio Dubón, making his major league debut, a chance to strut his defensive stuff as the two combined to turn a nifty 1-4-3 double play on Manny Machado to close out the inning. In the Pads’ next turn at bat, Dubón was even more impressive, robbing Wil Myers of a single with a diving grab of the San Diego right fielder’s shot behind second base and a bullet-like throw to first. Mike Yaztremski then stole a single from Luis Urías with another diving catch, this one of a sinking liner to short right.

Rodríguez’s stretch of being saved by brilliant fielding came to an end in the top of the third. With one out, Paddack sent a slow hopper to short that he would have beaten out even if Brandon Crawford could have handled it cleanly, which he didn’t. Then Manuel Margot launched a 2-0 four seamer into the left center field bleachers, and the Giants were looking up at a two-run San Diego lead. Doubles by Josh Naylor and Eric Hosmer to left and right center, respectively stretched the deficit to three.

Yaztremski came close to committing larceny a second time when he dove for Urías’s falling fly just in front of the 309 foot sign and just inside the right field foul line. The result was Urías’s first career triple and the prelude to Austin Hedges’ home run to left, his 10th of the season, upping the Padres’ lead to 5-0.

The worm finally turned a tiny bit against Paddack in the home fourth. After Yaztremski led off by striking out, making it 10 consecutive Giants that Paddack had dispatched since he threw his first pitch of the game, Brandon Belt blasted a change up into McCovey Cove, and the Giants were on the board. That’s only a figure of speech; the main scoreboard showed lots of pictures but no in- game statistics until a Wil Myers thumb nail made a cameo appearance in the top of the ninth.

Dubón laced his first hit in the bottom of the fifth, a one-out single to right that sent Kevin Pillar from first to third. But Rodríguez struck out and Yaztremski flew out to left, leaving the Padres still ahead 5-1 after five innings of play. Those five innings were enough for Rodríguez, who was removed and replaced by Jandel Gustave at the start of the sixth. Rodríguez had thrown 72 pitches (49 strikes). All five of the runs allowed were earned, and they came on eight hits. He struck out three batters and yielded no walks, a slight consolation. Gustave followed him with two innings of perfect relief before giving way to the veteran Fernando Abad for the eighth. He, too, hurled a perfect frame.

After pitching seven outstanding innings, in which he threw 92 pitches (67 strikes) and surrendered only one run (earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out eight, Paddack was replaced by lefty Matt Strahm.

Strahm’s work was not outstanding, but it was serviceable. He gave up singles to pinch hitters Donovan and Joey Richard and a walk to Belt to load thee bases with nobody out. Bu then he induced Evan Longoria to hit into a run scoring 5-4-3 double play and got Alex Dickerson out on a fly ball to Manuel Margot in left center.

Sam Coonrod retired the Friars on two called strike outs interspersed by a hit batter, Myers, who promptly was thrown out stealing.

It was left to Andrés Muñoz to defend San Diego’s 5-2 lead in the ninth. He struck Posey out on a full count. Then he K’d Pilar. Crawford walked on a 3-2, 99 mph four-seamer and advanced to second on a wild pitch with Stephen Vogt, pinch-hitting for Coonrod, at-bat. Vogt brought Crawford home on a double to right, closing the scoring gap to 5-3. But Donovan grounded out to short to end the game. Muñoz broke 100 mph several times in his inning of relief.

Paddack got the well-deserved win and Muñoz, the exciting save. The loss went to Rodríguez. None of the Giants’ relievers allowed a run.

At 65-68, San Francisco is seven games behind in the race to be the second wild card team. Their elimination number is 23.

The probable starters for Friday night’s contest will be right-hander Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 4.30 ERA) for San Diego with left-hander Madison Bumgarner (8-8, 3.71 ERA) going for the home team.

MLB The Show podcast with Matt Harrington: Kuiper brothers will fly home for father’s funeral; Tatis will miss the rest of season with back injury; plus more

sportingnews.com photo file: San Francisco Giant broadcaster Duane Kuiper (in photo) along with brothers Giants TV producer Jeff Kuiper and Oakland A’s TV broadcaster Glenn Kuiper (not in photo) will attend their father’s funeral this weekend and will be on bereavement from their broadcasting work.

On the MLB The Show podcast with Matt:

#1 Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper, A’s broadcaster Glenn Kuiper, and Giants TV producer Jeff Kuiper will all fly to Racine, Wisconsin in preparation of the funeral for their father Henry, who passed away at age 94. Henry was a auctioneer and a farmer locally in Racine and allowed a restaurant to be built on his property. He also was involved in fast pitch baseball and would not let Duane drive the tractor on the family farm because Duane could not drive the tractor straight, leaving ziz zags embarrassing the farming community.

#2 San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. will sit out the rest of the 2019 season with a back injury. Tatis was a candidate for the 2019 Rookie of the Year award, hitting .317, 13 doubles, 22 home runs, and 53 RBIs in 84 games.

#3 The Boston Red Sox, like much of the American League, crushed the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night with a 9-1 win. Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland got RBI triples and Sox pitcher Rick Porchello pitched six innings, giving up only one run in the victory. For the O’s, it was their fifth straight loss.

#4 Big win for the Minnesota Twins on Friday night with a narrow 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Twins maintain a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central over the second place Cleveland Indians. The Twins’ Max Kepler and Jonathan Schoop got two-run homers in Arlington Texas.

#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers are just simply running away with it in the NL West. They picked up another victory over the Atlanta Braves 8-3 at Sun Trust Stadium. LA’s Cody Bellinger hit for home run number 41. The Dodgers’ Max Muncy and Justin Turner both hit home runs in the victory Friday night.

Join Matt each Saturday for the MLB podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Pillar’s gamer proves it takes a good team to come back and win

sfgate.com photo: San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski (5) is congratulated by Scooter Gennett, right, after scoring against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in San Francisco.

On the Giants podcast with Morrris:

#1 San Francisco Giants Kevin Pillar got the game-winner in the eighth inning with a go-ahead triple leading the Giants to a 9-6 victory.

#2 It was a series win for the Giants. Their first series win since defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park back on July 26-28th.

#3 The Giants had struggled right after the trade deadline after having a great run in July. What was the difference from the month they had in July going into a slight slump in early August?

#4 The Giants got swept by Washington on this current homestand, but won this series against the Phillies, three out of four.

#5 Now the Giants have the day off on Monday and play the Oakland A’s for two games at Oracle. The A’s can be a tough customer talk about the upcoming series.

Morris does the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sandoval wins it for the Giants in extra innings again, 2-1

photo from sfgate.com: Chris Rice hands Giants second baseman Pablo Sandoval his 5-month-old daughter, Roya, in the dugout before Saturday’s game against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. Rice’s bare-handed catch of Sandoval’s game-winning home run Friday night while holding Roya became an instant sensation.

By Jeremy Kahn

It seems that the San Francisco Giants just love to play extra innings and they are back where this hot streak started.

Pablo Sandoval hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the 11th inning, as the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 2-1 at Petco Park.

Sandovals home run off of Logan Allen was his 13th of the season, and it gave the Giants their 12th win since the All-Star break and 18-4 since July 1, when they began a three-game series against the Padres in San Diego.

Mark Melancon pitched a perfect 10th inning, as he struck out two in the inning and improved to 4-2 on the season.

Will Smith came on to close it out in the 11th inning, as he saved his 25th game of the season, which a game-ending double play off the bat of Eric Hosmer.

Jeff Samardzija was strong again, as he went six innings, allowing one run, scattering four hits, walking three and striking out six, as he did not fare in the decision.

Bay Area native Joey Lucchesi also pitched six innings, as he gave up just one run on only two hits, walking four and striking out eight.

Lucchesi was cruising, as he was able to get the first six Giants in order; however, he then walked Tyler Austin, who then stole second and then scored when Donovan Solano doubled to center field.

Samardzijas only mistake came when Austin Hedges hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning that landed on the third level of the balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building.

The Giants bullpen was lights out, as the quintet of Reyes Moronta, Sam Dyson, Tony Watson, Melancon and Smith threw a combined five innings, allowing just one hit, not walking a batter and striking out four.

NOTES: Derek Holland, who was designated for assignment by the Giants earlier this week, was traded to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations.

Bruce Bochy, who announced during Spring Training that he would be retiring at the end of the season was honored prior to the game by the team that he managed from 1994-2006.

During his 13 years with the Padres, he led them to the World Series, where they swept by the New York Yankees.

“It’s where I made my start in 1995,” Bochy said. “A young general manager named Randy Smith took a chance on me and I’m forever grateful for that. We had some great times here. We got to the World Series in ’98. That’s a highlight. When we won the pennant, Trevor Hoffman threw the pitch that led to a fly ball to Steve Finley and we were into the World Series,” Bochy added.

In his 12 years with the Padres, Bochy won a team record 951 games during his tenure.

“We got some division titles here. Didn’t quite get the championship but had some great memories with a lot of great players, who I still have really good relationships with. No question there’s a ton of memories here, including this ballpark. I started at Qualcomm/Jack Murphy. It’s nice to be part of what was built here.”

Bochy was given a bottle of wine, and fishing poles in a pregame ceremony that included former Padres Steve Finley, Mark Sweeney, Carlos Hernandez and Andy Ashby, also current Padres owner Ron Fowler joined in on the ceremony for Bochy, who also played for the Padres in the 1980s.

UP NEXT: Shawn Anderson takes the mound on Saturday night for the Giants, while the Padres will send Cal Quantrill to the hill.

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: All-Star Game? A’s Hendriks and Giants’ Smith both give up the home run ball in relief; A’s Chapman scores on DP ball

Photo credit: @athletics_fanly

On the Headline Sports podcast with London:

#1 After all the talk about the home run ball and plenty of them, the All-Star Game in Cleveland was a low scoring affair before the American League scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 4-1. Earlier, the American League scored a single run in the second and fifth innings and the American League got two runs in the top of the sixth. The National League tried to make a come back with two runs in the top of the eight but just couldn’t pass the AL in the 4-3 one run AL win.

#2 Representing the San Francisco Giants at the All-Star Game was reliever Will Smith, who got his 23rd save on Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres, which translate to a great first half, despite the Giants struggling in last place in the NL West. At the All-Star Game, Smith gave up a home run in the seventh.

#3 Representing the Oakland A’s were A’s third baseman Matt Chapman, who hit .265, 90 RBIs and 21 home runs, and relief pitcher Liam Hendriks, who is 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA.

#4 For Hendriks, he has saved 23 straight games without a blown save. The A’s are in the hunt for a wild card and are just seven games behind first place Houston and Hendriks closing games will be crucial in the home stretch. Hendriks — in the All-Star Game — gave up a home run for an earned run and struck out three batters.

#5 Meanwhile, the A’s Matt Chapman had some better luck scoring a run from third when the Boston Red Sox Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play.

London Marq does Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com